Top 100 New Books at the Edwin Mellen Press Cabrera, Nydia
Dr. Cabrera traces the patterns of Puerto Rican immigration into Miami-Dade County in Florida. She traces traces the immigration pattern from 1940 to the present day. The books tracks the accomplishments and setbacks for the Puerto Rican community. | 226 pages Moss, Grant D.
| 80 pages King, Margaret L.
| 256 pages Ortiz, Fernando
This book on the history of Mexican and Mexican American psychology is written for students of the history of psychology. It is intended to fill a void in the extensive literature of history and systems that focuses primarily on the history of European and American psychology. A review of existing textbooks and publications on the topic reveals several trends. Most noticeably, psychology is often and exclusively treated in its modern and European context. Sigmund Freud is one of the “fathers” of psychological thinking in the Western intellectual tradition for his insightful contributions into the inner workings of the human mind. | 445 pages Daugherty, Leo J.
Dr. Daugherty reviews the history of the United States Marine Corp in the First World War I. The subject includes the strategies and tactics, organization of the Corp at the time, and leading figures within the leadership of the Corp. | 260 pages Rogal, Samuel J.
Dr. Rogal combines a thoughtful essay on the development of Abolitionist thought in seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and John Wesley's own thoughts on the issue of slavery in 1774. | 120 pages LaMonica, Jeffrey
Dr. LaMonica documents the 1916 proxy war between the United States and Mexico, where a wing of the U.S. Army chased famed Mexican revolutionary leader "Pancho" Villa after he raided American settlements in the Southwest United States. The campaign is being given new attention, due to its importance to U.S. and Mexican relations in the twentieth-century and its connection to the United States entering World War I in 1917. The campaign was the coming out party for future U.S. military figures John J. Pershing and George S. Patton, where it was Patton's first taste of battle. This title includes 4 color photos and 8 black and white photos. | 110 pages Fishbane, Simcha
Dr. Fishbane explores the nature and importance of fire in Jewish rituals, and its roots in Jewish religious text. | 85 pages Magnuson, Elmer T.
Dr. Magnuson translates this slim volume by K.H. Kalb, which was initially commissioned to be given to visitors as a memento of an exhibition of historical items from the Bayreuth Festival of 1876, organized by and held on the premises of a local financial institution in observance of the centennial Bayreuth Festival in 1976. | 120 pages Dumitrescu, Corina Anderson
Drs. Dumitrescu and Craiovan presents this edited collection of papers from the international conference on “The Philosophy of Law from Enlightenment to the Contemporary Period.” | 368 pages Evans, Ken
Dr. Evans crafts a fictional tale of Sigmund Freud's insights to a trip to Rome. | 105 pages Chavers, Dean
Dr. Dean Chavers collects and compiles a definitive description and recollection of massacres upon the Native peoples of North America. | 900 pages Richardson, Herbert W.
The argument of this book is that the usual way of conceiving the mother-child relation is incorrect. Professor Richardson's argument is that the mother-child relation is reciprocal. | 64 pages Miller, R. Baxter
Dr. Miller discusses the history of the three great African American spirituals and their continuing influence. | 58 pages Vasillopulos, Christopher
This a collection of Sonnets from Dr. Christopher Vasillopulos on the subject of time. | 29 pages Kenny, Robert V.
Dr. Kenny brings us this collections of two eighteenth-century French plays from the beginning of the French colonial empire in North America. The French public was obsessed with the New World and these two plays are about the subject. | 150 pages Morris, Thomas F.
Dr. Morris discusses the idea that our lives may be shaped by forces beyond our control and reckoning. He uses Shakespeare's Hamlet
as a reference point to other philosophers and theologians on this complex issue. | 445 pages Miller, R. Baxter
Professor Miller traces the development of African American poetics from the jazz modernist Langston Hughes to his later contemporary Gwendolyn Brooks. Along the way, the critic accounts for social and historical developments within each new generation of African American verse from the Harlem Renaissance to the new millennium. | 252 pages Turner, Michael J.
Dr. Turner discusses the attitudes of late Victorians towards the states of the afterlife and if there is a intermediate state. He looks at the attitudes and they affected society, in particular the 1870s and 1880s. | 188 pages Ulloth, Dana
In this book Dr. Ulloth has preserved the words of George Floyd and the officers and observers during the final few minutes of his life. | 80 pages Ulloth, Dana
This book is about 50 women and men who were innocent of any crime that merited them dying, but they nevertheless paid the ultimate price. They were the wrong color, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, confronted by the wrong person with too much power. | 162 pages Miller, R. Baxter
Doc Rivers transforms lyric release into public reckoning. In the personal grief of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he perceives a recurring American tragedy. Still fresh in memory are the deaths of Ahmaud Armery in Glynn County Georgia and of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. In his lyric cry, thirdly, Rivers voices the public grief about de facto, public executions of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York and of George Floyd in Minneapolis. More than a strict need for law and order, such homicides represent Trump’s existential threat to African Americans. | 50 pages Davies, Daniel M.
Dr. Davies considers the philosophical and spiritual nature of the creation of and eventual fall of nations. This essay looks at the centuries to create a philosophical model of nation creation and what leads to its fall. | 228 pages Rogal, Samuel J.
Dr. Rogal presents a critical edition of a historic Hymnal within the Church of England, Hymns Ancient and Modern
. He presents this obscure Hymnal as a way of studying sacred music and as a reference for historical study and discussion of Hymns. | 220 pages Kazak, Ihar [Igor Gregory Kozak]
Dr. Kozak collects 13 short humorous stories by Russian author, Arkady Averchenko. They make light of the sad and hard conditions of post World War I Europe and Russia. | 156 pages Wicker, Jim R.
Dr. Wicker describes the Biblical view of Heaven and how it is perceived. This text breaks down the description of the Heaven for Believers and non-Believers. | 88 pages Wicker, Jim R.
Dr. Wicker describes the Biblical view of Heaven and how it is perceived. This text breaks down the description of the Heaven for Believers and non-Believers. | 88 pages Yaklich, Richard E.
Dr. Yaklich breaks down and studies legendary Philadelphia conductor Eugene Ormandy's performing version of legendary Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff's First Symphony. He also explores the relationship between the two musicians, professionally and personally. | 208 pages Xia, Bin
Dr. Xia describes the development of the China's diplomatic theory since 2017. He uses the 2017 meeting of the Communist party of China as a reference point of this important development in China and global history. | 37 pages Xia, Bin
Dr. Xia' dissertation focuses on China's scheme of global governance and multilateralism, the relationship between China and the United States and Africa. It seeks to show how international organizations promote cooperation between states. | 298 pages Blasi, Anthony J.
Dr. Anthony Blasi describes the sociology of religious life and situation of San Antonio, Texas. This is a regional study that focuses on the diverse beliefs and perspectives of one urban area of the United States, setting up possibilities of other studies on other regions which could be of great value to urban planners. | 440 pages Sawicki, Timothy
Dr. Sawicki describes the movement approach to physical education for K-12 students. The movement approach uses a variety of movement experiences to enhance a student's physical abilities. | 148 pages Bazan-Gonzalez, Patricia
The transformation and reincarnation of culture is underway in the United States and has been ongoing for hundreds of years. England and Spain each played prominent roles in influencing the historical “founding” of what America has become for nearly five centuries. This study emerges as a leading identifier of the many historical and ingrained social nuances this hybrid culture – Hispanicity
– employs as it continues to modify and challenge every cultural aspect of modern society in the United States. | 152 pages Bukay, David
This research is about deception and propaganda. It deals with some issues where Muslims use Da'wah, a diplomacy of deceit and propaganda for western audiences. It is propaganda used to transform the west's thinking about Islam, its culture and beliefs. Dr. Bukay examines these issues to shed light on the Islam itself. | 100 pages Weatherby, Georgie Ann
This book seeks to analyze six mass murder shootings. Each rampage is described in detail and then further dissected by considering the background and contexts of the perpetrator(s). Sociological and Criminological theories are then applied to each in turn, in an effort to not only further understand possible motivations, but to identity and ward off similar attacks in the future. | 100 pages Ulloth, Dana
Dr. Dana Ulloth looks in the history of gun regulation in the United States from the founding of America to our modern age. He argues that the interpretation of second has moved from its earliest pro-regulation interpretation to an anti-regulation interpretation over that time period. | 104 pages Reyes, Xaé Alicia
| 144 pages Ulloth, Dana
In this book Dr. Ulloth has preserved the words of George Floyd and the officers and observers during the final few minutes of his life. | 80 pages Ulloth, Dana
This book is about 50 women and men who were innocent of any crime that merited them dying, but they nevertheless paid the ultimate price. They were the wrong color, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, confronted by the wrong person with too much power. | 162 pages Silver, Jr., Joseph H.
Dr. Joseph Silver describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African American population of the United States. He considers its medical and social impacts. | 62 pages Coumbe, Arthur
Dr. Arthur Coumbe and William Taylor break down the political history of the Chaplain's post at West Point from the foundation of the post to the modern era. The two scholars break down the Chaplain post, its duties, and the nature of the post in the modern era and its role in the military. | 344 pages Miller, R. Baxter
Doc Rivers transforms lyric release into public reckoning. In the personal grief of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he perceives a recurring American tragedy. Still fresh in memory are the deaths of Ahmaud Armery in Glynn County Georgia and of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. In his lyric cry, thirdly, Rivers voices the public grief about de facto, public executions of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York and of George Floyd in Minneapolis. More than a strict need for law and order, such homicides represent Trump’s existential threat to African Americans. | 50 pages Van Cleve, John W.Julius of Taranto
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first appeared during a brief literary movement that launched the career of Germany’s finest writer, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, and set the direction taken by the literature, art and music of the West during the nineteenth century, Romanticism. That German movement, commonly styled “Sturm und Drang
,” or “Storm and Stress,” begins in the latest 1760s and is coming to an end by 1780. It is in German literature of the 1790s that European Romanticism first emerged fully formed, and for over a century scholars have cited the debt that Romanticism owes to Storm and Stress. | 226 pages Chishty-Mujahid, Nadya Q.
Dr. Nadya Chishty-Mujahid wrote a Pakistani college-based play in English. I had been thinking about the art of fiction and thought that an annotated version of the attached play would make for a good monograph-with detailed explanatory notes, a few translations. | 64 pages d’Amiens, Girart
L’Istoire le roy Charlemaine is one of the very last still unpublished chansons de geste in French literature, since until recently scholars have neglected the genre of late medieval remaniements and compilations to which it belongs. This critical edition of the 23,348 line poem will be greatly appreciated by French and medieval scholars. Preface and introduction in English, text and notes in French. | 392 pages d’Amiens, Girart
L’Istoire le roy Charlemaine is one of the very last still unpublished chansons de geste in French literature, since until recently scholars have neglected the genre of late medieval remaniements and compilations to which it belongs. This critical edition of the 23,348 line poem will be greatly appreciated by French and medieval scholars. Preface and introduction in English, text and notes in French. | 340 pages Ahmadian Cherkawani (Iman), Mohamed
The core purpose of this monograph has been to investigate the reconciliatory thought of a 13th century Persian poet named Sa’di Shirazi. Although Sa’di’s prose poetry is not set out in the systematic form of a comprehensive political theory, profound insights were extracted from it that convey a powerful message regarding the necessities of harmonious behaviour as a precondition for a healthy society, and the dangers of not adhering to it. | 116 pages Moore, Steven Troy
This monograph is an expanded edition of Dr. Steven Moore’s The Cry of Black Rage in African American Literature
, expanding the scholarly developments to the Age of Trump. | 208 pages Reynolds-Marniche, Dana
This monograph looks into the African and Arabian roots of the Hebrew Bible, a subject that is rarely discussed in Biblical studies. Dr. Reynolds-Marniche looks into the importance of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula culture in discussions of the Hebrew Bible. | 408 pages Breskaya, Olga
Dr. Olga Breskaya does a deep sociological study into the nature of religious freedom in society in a general sense, and in a deeper sociological sense. The monograph looks into the many facets of religious freedom and what purpose it serves in society. | 400 pages Gascoigne, Carolyn
Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne catalogs the rich and diverse linguistic collection of the Edwin Mellen Press. This resource is a perfect for Linguistic scholars looking to review the published linguistic scholarship of The Edwin Mellen Press. | 100 pages Mei, Jennifer
Dr. Jennifer Mei and Dr. Xueqing Xu collect five short stories translated from Chinese into English written by Chinese women about their marriages. The five stories are An Agreement between Two Women
by Bi Shumin, When the Clouds Disperse
by Chi Li, Darling Potatoes
by Chi Zijian, White Broth
by Pan Xiangli, and Kitchen
by Xu Kun. | 316 pages Mei, Jennifer
Dr. Jennifer Mei and Dr. Xueqing Xu collect three short stories translated from Chinese into English written by Chinese women about their daily lives. The three stories are Nowhere to Say Goodbye
by Chen Ran, Final Act of a Woman Poet
by Jiang Zidan, and Pisces
by Xu Xiaobin. | 328 pages Birnbaum, Barry W.
This book focuses on the assessment process for students with disabilities. Different categories of exceptionality are included as well as a discussion on Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning. These techniques are applied to a wide range of students, between birth and twenty-one who have been diagnosed with a disability. This book is based in current research and is appropriate reading for teachers, parents and other professionals in the field. | 244 pages Tipper, Karen Sasha Anthony
Sir William Wilde’s intellectual achievements in many fields were forced into obscurity by the sensation generated by two trials, that of a trial for slander brought against Lady Jane Wilde in December 1864 by a young patient of her husband and the trial of Oscar Wilde in 1895. I have sought to avoid prejudice by presenting and examining his own writings for the contributions he made to research and progress in all his undertakings in science and medicine, particularly aural medicine. | 744 pages Ulloth, Dana
Dr. Dana Ulloth looks in the history of gun regulation in the United States from the founding of America to our modern age. He argues that the interpretation of second has moved from its earliest pro-regulation interpretation to an anti-regulation interpretation over that time period. | 104 pages Miller, Larry L.
Dr. Larry Miller has produced a compilation and Dictionary on the rivers of the world. It narrows the listings to the locations of the rivers, lengths, and the places that are located on the river itself. | 832 pages Herrick, Rick
Dr. Rick Herrick's work reconsiders foreign policy from the perspective of Christianity. It considers all the issues concerned with foreign policy through a religious frame of reference. | 104 pages Ulloth, Dana
This book reviews the broad sweep of English Common Law, colonial application of English principles, and continued evolution after the establishment of the United States with its Second Amendment. It found that states took two-pronged approach: one dealt with weapons in the hands of militias for the protection of their community ; the other imposed numerous restrictions on the ownership of guns by individuals for their own purposes. | 404 pages Llizo, Robert
The central thesis of this monograph is that Francis of Assisi and his hagiographers Thomas of Celano and Bonaventure, construct an image of sanctity that draws from urban ascetic traditions and practices that go back to the earliest centuries of desert monasticism. | 208 pages Coumbe, Arthur
Dr. Arthur Coumbe and William Taylor break down the political history of the Chaplain's post at West Point from the foundation of the post to the modern era. The two scholars break down the Chaplain post, its duties, and the nature of the post in the modern era and its role in the military. | 344 pages Lopez, Linda C.
Dr. Linda Lopez looks in the history of the educational history of Mexican-American students in southwest New Mexico. She collects the stories of both students and teachers during the age of segregated schools. | 224 pages Weaver, Wesley J. III
Dr. Wesley Weaver considers the literary legacy of Spanish author, Alvaro Pombo. The text is written in Spanish. | 512 pages Mc Elroy, James
This book provides a comprehensive and critical review of Derek Mahon's poetry and criticism from the 1960s to the present day (2019). As well as providing one of the very few detailed studies of Mahon's work in English, French, and more, it provides an entirely new approach to reading, more properly re-reading, his various publications in accordance with the belief that a specifically symptomic reading - lecture symptomale
- might help us to better elicit, and identify, those gaps, lapses, and silences, that give Mahon's writing its unique characteristics as part of a literature that has been, and is, largely determined by the unusual circumstances and colonial realities that continue to prevail in Northern Ireland. | 556 pages Legg, Olga
Dr. Legg's book adopts a semiotic approach in order to understand culture and society as a theatrical category and the way it functions as a dialogic discourse in the film Le Bal
, also known as "O'Baille", directed by Ettore Scola. | 120 pages Keith-Smith, Brian
Professor Brian Keith-Smith translated these poems from German from the Japanese poet Shizue Ogawa. He collects about 100 of Shizue's 300 poems. | 208 pages Herrick, Rick
Dr. Rick Herrick's work reconsiders foreign policy from the perspective of Christianity. It considers all the issues concerned with foreign policy through a religious frame of reference. | 104 pages Rogal, Samuel J.
This volume considers the English church during Shakespeare's lifetime. It covers the major figures of the period and the effect on Shakespeare's work. Includes Five black and white photos. | 264 pages Braun, Kazimierz
This book traces a movement in European theatre history known as the Great Reform of Theatre. This movement unfolded roughly between 1880 and the late 1930s. It developed against the background of dramatic political, technological, and cultural changes in the entire western world. The Reform transformed all facets of European theatre including play-writing, mise-en-scene, performance, production, criticism, and social significance. | 384 pages Whisker, James B.
Dr. James Whisker and Dr. Kevin Spiker discuss the issue of capital through a religious and philosophical context. It uses both holy text and religious thinkers over the ages. They also include historical precedents as well. | 360 pages Rogal, Samuel J.
Dr. Samuel Rogal reviews the evidence concerning John Wesley's practice of advocating vegetarianism, despite never fully embracing the vegetarian lifestyle entirely himself. This work considers the ethical and spiritual considerations of John Wesley on the issue. | 108 pages Anthony, Kevin
This reference work catalogs the research on electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. | 56 pages Fishbane, Simcha
Dr. Fishbane and Dr. Stern describe the Haye Adam
, a legal text about the nature of Jewish law and women within the Jewish community. It was composed by Rabbi Abraham Danzig (1748-1820) in Prague. | 80 pages Moss, Grant D.
Dr. Moss Grant reviews the relationship between how words are spoken and how they are written. Its goal is to set a standard for clear and understandable communication, whether written or spoken. | 80 pages Chao, Sheau-yueh J.
Dr. Chao and Dr. Yuan-Gee have collected the family history of Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), a Chinese military leader during the Qing Dynasty. The work collects family interviews and documents detailing five-hundred-year history of family and the family home in the Xiangcheng in central China. | 360 pages Hinkle, William G.
Dr. William Hinkle and Drew Lazzara have written a thorough history the Indiana State Prison. An extensive study, it covers the years 1860-1910. It includes 43 black and white photos. | 768 pages Eades, Jennifer Margaret Fox
Well-being is increasingly of interest of schools and educational policy makers in the UK and beyond. This monograph is a philosophical and empirical enquiry into the relationship between well-being and education and into the nature of a theory and practice of well-being in educational settings. | 364 pages Porter, Robert M.
In this volume, Dr. Robert M. Porter discusses the reaction of Coffee farmers in Rural Mexico to the globalizing economy of the 1980s and 1990s and the rise of free trade agreements in North America. Dr. Porter considers the changing agricultural and economic conditions that the farmers to revolt against the new economic conditions. | 218 pages Richardson, Herbert W.
This book considers the comparison of 1930s Germany and modern day America. It is only published in softcover. | 72 pages Taub, Michael
This book is an edited collection of three plays by Israeli Playwright Edna Mayza. The plays are: Games in the Backyard
, The New Criminals
and The Back Room
. | 288 pages Jacob, Alexander
This short monograph details the ideas of Jean-Francois Thiriart, (1922-92), and his political theory concerning the post-Cold War world. Jean-Francois Thiriart argued that Istanbul would be ideal capital of this secondary Euro-Asian superstate. The introduction is written by Dr. Alexander Jacob. | 80 pages Jacob, Alexander
This short monograph details the ideas of Jean-Francois Thiriart, (1922-92), and his political theory concerning the post-Cold War world. Jean-Francois Thiriart argued that the creation of unitary state containing Europe, Russia, and Central Asia would be a second player in competition with the United States. The introduction is written by Dr. Alexander Jacob. | 72 pages Chishty-Mujahid, Nadya Q.
This monograph examines a dozen British and American novels that focus on identical (monozygotic) twins, and attempts to determine how the complex relationships between twin siblings are perceived via the lens of modern English fiction. | 116 pages Boyd, Melinda J.
This book is intended to broaden our understanding of opera by investigating the contributions of selected women composers who successfully navigated educational, institutional and social restrictions, and traditions in order to bring their operas to the public theaters, where their lives, as well as their works, were subject to scrutiny and criticism of the musical press. Ingeborg von Bronsart (1840-1913), Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), and Thea Musgrave (b. 1928) all made distinguished contributions to their art, producing operas of considerable artistic merit that were admired by many of their contemporaries. | 296 pages Erdmann, Thomas R.
This collection collects five interviews the author did for Saxophone Today
, following its final issue in 2017. The interview subjects are: Geoffrey Deibel, (Saxophone Professor at Wichita State University), Jared Sims, (Saxophone Professor West Virginia University), Ed Calle, (Professional Saxophonist), Michael Lington, (Danish Smooth and Contemporary Jazz Musician), and Brian Utley, (Saxophone Professor Vanderbilt University). | 176 pages Richardson, Herbert W.
The author describes his early life and education in the Midwestern United states between the years of 1932-1953. He tells the tale of his early childhood, lessons learned from his parents, his brother. The pedagogy of the education and what was learned is especially important. | 404 pages Saito, Paul
This book contains the authors views on the nature of parenthood, describing the extraordinary birth of his son. | 40 pages Saito, Paul
This book contains the authors views on the nature of a son’s relationship with his mother and that maternal
relationship can impact the child’s relationship with their father. | 34 pages Saito, Paul
This book contains the authors views on the nature of reincarnation, spiritual marriage and family. It speaks to the nature humans have with their ancestral past and how that effects the future. | 44 pages Richardson, Herbert W.
In this book, the author collects twelve letters he wrote to his children about the nature of God, spirituality and religion in general. The goal is to develop a program to enhance the spirituality of children. It prayers, scripture readings, and music. | 100 pages Brewer, Mary Kathryn
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was one of the most successful opera composers of the nineteenth century. His operas, including Rigoletto
, La traviata
, and Otello
, are still frequently performed in opera houses around the world. In comparison, his 27 art songs are far less known and rarely performed. This guide examines Verdi's 26 published art songs to highlight their profound musical and historical value and to encourage the study and performance of these pieces. The songs are discussed in terms of their composition and publication history and musical and text analyses, including examination of melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, text, and form. | 252 pages Lipori, Daniel
This book is a valuable tool for anyone researching the bassoon or bassoon related topics. It includes citations for nearly every book, article, dissertation, thesis, and video dealing with the bassoon. It is divided into different sections, allowing one to easily look up available information on a particular bassoon player, composer, information on bassoon reeds, or aspects of the instrument. There is also an alphabetical section by the author included along with category listings. | 1012 pages Gil Naveira, Isabel
African literature has become a tendency again in the hands of a new generation of women writers who are often associated with the term 'Afropolitanism'. These writers openly criticise the still unsolved problems in both African and Western societies that African women writers from the first and second generation addressed more than thirty years ago. In order to understand our current times, it is essential to analyse the previous generations that have shaped the literary, if not the social world, we live in. Text in Spanish
| 304 pages Minett, Steve
An ‘Ontological’ Approach: four Ontologies & their Interactions My strategy has been to forge a theory at the level of ontology, speculating as to the ultimate nature of reality and of what it is composed. The argument consists of analysing four historical/scientific ontologies and the transitions between them: the first is ‘Folk Psychology’ that I characterise as an amalgam of, Evolved Psychology and Cartesian Interactive Dualism. The first characterised by sentience, affect and empathy. The second embodies a ‘Command and Control’ model of consciousness. This is part of the second historical/scientific ontology, which I call ‘Cart-Tonism’ (an amalgam of classical, Newtonian physics and mechanistic Cartesianism). Cart-Tonism undermined Folk Psychology, and has became the predominant paradigm of contemporary scientific culture. Cart-Tonist ontology has been profoundly challenged empirically (and potentially philosophically) by the ‘new physics’ and especially quantum mechanics. However, this challenge has been nullified by a ‘failure of ontological nerve’ on the part of the ‘fathers’ of quantum theory, very much influenced by Logical Positivism. I label the most extreme version of this ontological failure, ’Ideological Empiricism’, which can be reduced to two basic principles; 1) Observations are the only reality. 2) Speculation as to what may exist beyond observations is meaningless and futile. I conclude that the current predominance of these two ontologies, Cart-Tonism and Ideological Empiricism, is what underlies the failure of contemporary scientific culture to make progress in formulating a theory of consciousness.
The fourth ontology, I’m proposing is ‘Whit-Tum world’. This is a synthesis based on the later philosophical work of Alfred North Whitehead and the philosophical implications of quantum theory. A key feature here is the ‘externalising’ of mind and consciousness by postulating that ‘experience’ (‘sentience’ or ‘feeling’) is the ultimate constituent of reality. Consequently, Whit-Tum world breaks out of the alienating Cart-Tonist cul-de-sac, which has eliminated mind and consciousness from its vision of the world. By linking sensation and affect with ultimate reality, Cart-Tonism’s exclusion of mind and consciousness from nature is reversed at one stroke. This is to say that Whitehead’s ontology undid the alienation of consciousness from the natural world. Thus the continuity of the ‘creation myth’ in human history and culture is re-established. Cart-Tonism is certainly an ontology and even a creation myth. Where it differs from the human tradition of creation myths is that its account of ultimate reality is inherently ‘meaningless’ (in human terms). Traditional ontologies have tried to connect our affective experience of the world with a theory of its nature and composition. Cart-Tonism’s bleak rejection of this link does (I believe) justify describing it as pathological, seen from a humanist perspective. Ideological Empiricism’s breach with the human creation myth tradition is particularly radical, in so far as it explicitly rejects any attempt at ontology formulation. In its dismissal of ‘veiled or independent reality’ (see chapter eleven), it can be compared to Berkeleian Idealism or even to Buddhism. The massive difference being that for both the Buddha and Berkeley, consciousness is explicitly the ultimate reality, whereas Ideological Empiricism denies the existence of consciousness.
Consciousness & its Functions in ‘Whit-Tum world’
In Whit-Tum world however, consciousness emerges out of the constituents of which everything is composed; from ‘drops of experience’, or sentience. This ‘experience’ accounts for the bizarre behaviour of the constituents of ‘matter’ as observed in quantum mechanics. This sentience, inherent in the fabric of all reality, provides a ‘raw material’ available to all living things, assisting them in their evolutionary struggle to survive and reproduce. This raw material is used in many different ways and at several distinct levels of sophistication: in single-celled organisms it can be used to generate the ‘cellular attitudes’, as suggested by Antonio Damasio (see chapter fifteen), the basic awareness of ‘what’s happening to me’, as described by Nicholas Humphrey (see chapters thirteen and fifteen), and the features of intelligent behaviour displayed by, for example, amoeba, as demonstrated by Brian Ford (see chapter thirteen). In the complex nervous systems of mammals, the universal raw material of sentience can be processed into an extensive awareness of the environment. And in us (the most complex of all organisms), it is the basis for the vast richness and diversity of full human consciousness. Language and culture evolved out of our primary, emotional consciousness, and has had a transformative effect on the depth and power of our conscious capacities. Of course, we know very little, in terms of the detailed mechanisms as to how the raw material of universal sentience is converted into biologically useful awareness and consciousness. The important thing, however, is to seize on Whitehead’s insights and move our conceptual world out of the ‘dead’, billiard-ball vision of Cart-Ton world, in which mind and consciousness are by definition excluded, and into the psycho-physical ontology of Whit-Tum world, in which both quantum mechanics and mind and consciousness become immediately plausible and potentially comprehensible.
As to the function of consciousness, I propose that it’s the principle factor in adapting the the human infant’s mind to its environment. An adaptation that later guides adult behaviour. Before the vast influences of language and culture kick in, the conscious life of an infant consists of sensations and the infant’s affective reactions to these. As per Jaak Panksepp’s work (see chapter sixteen), the infant is genetically endowed to produce seven primordial affective responses to the sensations that it receives from its environment. While this sensitive process makes the infant vulnerable to psychological damage, it’s a marvellously effective system for adapting to the infant’s given environment: it enables the infant’s personality and life-attitudes to be finely adjusted to the conditions it finds itself in, even if these conditions are very sub-optimal (hence the potential for psychological damage). I call this process ‘deep learning’ and, according to my argument, it requires Whitehead’s ontological vision of sentience as basic to the fabric of reality in order to be effective: the infant must be conscious of its sensations of the world and it must be conscious of its affective reactions to these sensations if these potentially life-long adaptations are to be effectively established. Later in life the results of deep learning generally slip into the unconscious, but consciousness is necessary when they are being laid down. | 624 pages Castillon, Catalina T.
This songbook contains almost 7,000 traditional Galician poems and, only for this, it can be said that this collection of traditional poetry is one of the most important of the 20th century. The poems were compiled by Cipriano Torre Enciso during the second half of that century. They were copied at family parties, traditional markets, traditional gatherings, songbooks, etc. Preliminary studies prepared by Drs. Xose Manuel Sanchez Rei and Catalina T. Castillion develop literary, cultural, linguistic and historical characteristics of all these traditional texts. Both works serve to highlight the enormous value of those poems. | 1304 pages Smith-Ross, Camacia
Dr. Smith-Ross, the editor, and her colleagues use the nine essays in this book to suggest ways to renew Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The authors are scholars, teachers, and administrators bringing their knowledge and experience to renew these American historical educational institutions. | 180 pages Hardy, William Harold
This is first comprehensive scriptural study of African stories found in the Bible. It had its genesis in classes at Vanderbilt University School of Divinity with the late Dr. Walter J. Harrelson, a Hebrew Bible Scholar. This work focuses on a historical background for an African-centered perspective in the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. | 116 pages Bhowmik, Rajub
The primary objective of this textbook is to offer an introduction to mental disorders in humans. In this textbook, Dr. Bhowmik will explore most major mental disorders in humans, its symptoms, etiology, and treatment will be analyzed methodically. This text also explores abnormal behavior in humans within historical, social, and cultural contexts and focus on major research issues in each major disorder and efficacy of psychological interventions. | 328 pages Van Cleve, John W.
The plays in this volume are from the 1740s. Works from the early literary Enlightenment respond not only to the demand of educated people for rational responses to real-world situations but also to a new desire within the developing middle class to read about recognizable joys, sorrows and tensions within families and between husbands and wives. The audience for this literature held those expectations, and playwrights tried to satisfy them on the contemporary stage. | 264 pages Kone, Drissa
Conflict has always been an integral part of human condition. Any attempt to completely eradicate conflict between people sounds like a utopia. Paradoxically, the pursue of a world of peace and harmony has always been an ideal. This book offers a solution to the fundamental question of the unending conflict between people. Addressing conflict at its roots, through a self-transformative approach could be more effective in making the world a better place. There is no unity in resentment, no forgiveness in revenge and no peace in War. In this contemporary complex and diverse world, a collective responsibility is required to engrave in human consciousness the greatest values of Unity, Forgiveness and Peace. | 116 pages