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Dying : a memoir
Taylor, Cory, 1955-2016, author
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017
At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor's retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience--the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance--of knowing she will soon die. Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death. Taylor's last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life. --amazon.com.
Baker Berry BD444 .T354 2017

The creative spark : how imagination made humans exceptional
Fuentes, Agustin, author
New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
Overture : trumpeting creativity and a new synthesis -- Part one. Sticks and stones : the first creativity. Creative primates -- The last hominin standing -- Part two. What's for dinner? : how humans got creative. Let's make a knife -- Killing and eating, etc. -- The beauty of standing in line -- Food security accomplished -- Part three. War and sex : how humans shaped a world. Creating war (and peace) -- Creative sex -- Part four. The great works : how humans made the universe. Religious foundations -- Artistic flights -- Scientific architecture -- Coda : the beat of your creative life.

Overturns widely held misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself and asserts that creativity is what has made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth. --Publisher.
Baker Berry BD450 .F79456 2017

Knowledge, dexterity, and attention : a theory of epistemic agency
Fairweather, Abrol, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, 2017
Contemporary cognitive science clearly tells us that attention is modulated for speech and action. While these forms of goal-directed attention are very well researched in psychology, they have not been sufficiently studied by epistemologists. In this book, Abrol Fairweather and Carlos Montemayor develop and defend a theory of epistemic achievements that requires the manifestation of cognitive agency. They examine empirical work on the psychology of attention and assertion, and use it to ground a normative theory of epistemic achievements and virtues. The resulting study is the first sustained naturalized virtue epistemology, and will be of interest to readers in epistemology, cognitive science, and beyond.
Baker Berry BD176 .F35 2017

Finding meaning in an imperfect world
Landau, Iddo, 1958- author
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry BD431 .L257 2017

Knowledge as acceptable testimony
Reynolds, Steven (Associate Professor of Philosophy), author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Baker Berry BD238.T47 R49 2017

Contextualising Knowledge : Epistemology and Semantics
Ichikawa, Jonathan Jenkins, author
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017
"Jonathan Ichikawa develops a contextualist semantics for knowledge ascriptions, and shows how it can illuminate foundational questions in epistemology. He argues that in thinking clearly about knowledge, epistemologists must also think about the dynamic aspects of the words we use to talk about knowledge. Contextualising Knowledge defends a central theoretical role for knowledge in broader theorising - evidence, belief, justification, and assertion are all explained in part in terms of knowledge - but none of these connections can properly be understood or appreciated independently from the contextualist approach to knowledge ascriptions. The book synthesizes two of the biggest ideas in contemporary epistemology: contextualism about knowledge ascriptions, and the 'knowledge first' emphasis on the theoretical primacy of knowledge. Ichikawa argues that the apparent tension between these ideas can be resolved-indeed, a central theme of the book is that each has something important to offer the other. Ichikawa embraces contextualism, emphasizing careful attention to its epistemic assumptions and implications. The result is a novel take on central questions about knowledge and its roles in human life and discourse."--Back cover.
Baker Berry BD161 .I24 2017

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