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100-199 Philosophy, Psychology, and Ethics


Waskul, Dennis

(With Michele Waskul)

Ghostly Encounters: The Hauntings of Everyday Life

164 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", 17 color illustrations, $59.50 cloth, $25.95 paper, $25.95 ebook, CIP included

June 2016

Temple University Press

Based on two years of fieldwork and interviews with 71 midwestern Americans, the Waskuls' book is a reflexive ethnography that examines how people experience ghosts and hauntings in everyday life. The authors explore how uncanny happenings become ghosts, and the reasons people struggle with or against a will to believe.

LC 2015040034, ISBN 9781439912881 (c.), ISBN 9781439912898 (p.), ISBN 9781439912904 (e.)



Severson, Eric R., Brian W. Becker, and David M. Goodman (Editors)

In the Wake of Trauma: Psychology and Philosophy for the Suffering Other

292 pp., 6" x 9", $35.00 paper, CIP included

December 2016

Duquesne University Press

When traumatic experiences occur, our patterns of living—the ways in which our bodies and minds have grown accustomed to feeling and reacting—are threatened. When psychologists, philosophers, or theologians turn their attention to trauma, they face a daunting task, as trauma is a concept that is incredibly difficult to understand and to describe. By drawing on resources across these disciplines (and others), the contributors here struggle together to foster conversation that deepens the ability of practitioners and theoreticians alike to engage with the effects of trauma.

LC 2016028341, ISBN 9780820704982 (p.)



Rollin, Bernard E.

A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense 2nd Edition

208 pp., 6" x 9", $40.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2016

University of Missouri Press

This book, the culmination of forty years of theorizing about the moral status of animals, explicates and justifies society's moral obligation to animals in terms of the commonsense metaphysics and ethics of Aristotle's concept of telos. Rollin uses this concept to assert that humans have a responsibility to treat animals ethically. Aristotle used the concept, from the Greek word for "end" or "purpose," as the core explanatory concept for the world we live in. We understand what an animal is by what it does. This is the nature of an animal, and helps us understand our obligations to animals.

LC 2016944654, ISBN 9780826221018 (c.)



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