The College at Brockport is very proud to showcase our faculty authors in Brockport Bookshelf, a gallery within our institutional repository, Digital Commons @Brockport. The Bookshelf features books and videos published by the faculty and professionals (both current and former) of The College at Brockport. It also includes items that have contributions by our authors: chapters, articles, essays, short stories, poems, or plays.
Patrons of The College at Brockport may check these books out at Drake Memorial Library. Otherwise, please use your library's Interlibrary Loan program to request them from us.
Laura Dumuhosky, Kim Myers, Wendy S. Prince, Emily Goldsmith, and Mary Jo Orzech
Compiled by College at Brockport faculty member Laura Dumuhosky, and Professional staff members Kim Myers and Wendy Prince, with assistance from Library student staff member Emily Goldsmith. Foreward by Drake Library Director, Mary Jo Orzech.
"... [a bibliography that] represents over 500 publications from the faculty and staff of The College at Brockport during 2010-2014.... is not exhaustive, but is intended as a representative sample..."
by Elizabeth Heavey., College at Brockport faculty member.
Designed in accordance with the Conversation Theory of Gordon Pask and presents the complicated topic of statistics in an understandable manner for entry level nurses. The underlying principle of this design is to give students the opportunity to practice statistics while they learn statistics. The text accomplishes this through the inclusion of relevant clinical examples followed by end of chapter application exercises. The Second Edition focuses on topics around Nursing Practice and was selected based on a review of the current statistical techniques used most frequently in nursing literature. The top ten statistical techniques used throughout nursing are covered very clearly in the text and without any irrelevant complicating concepts. This text meets the needs of both undergraduate nursing research students who need to learn how to critically analyze literature as well as graduate DNP students who must also be familiar with statistics for nursing in accordance with the rigor of the DNP program.
Mike McNamee, William J. Morgan, and R. Scott (Robert Scott) Kretchmar
Edited by Mike McNamee and William J. Morgan.
Includes chapter by former College at Brockport faculty member R. Scott "Dedicated to Warren Fraleigh, in gratitude for his monumental contribution to the founding and development of the philosophy of sport."--page [v]
"... a landmark publication in sport studies. It goes further than any book has before in tracing the contours of the discipline of the philosophy of sport and in surveying the core themes, approaches and theories that form its disciplinary fabric. The book explores the ways in which an understanding of philosophy can inform our understanding of important prevailing issues in sport. Edited by two of the most significant figures in the development of the philosophy of sport, Mike McNamee and Bill Morgan, and with contributions from many of the world’s leading sport philosophers, this is an invaluable companion reference volume for any course in the social scientific study of sport, and an essential addition to the bookshelf of any serious scholar of the philosophy and/or ethics of sport."--Back cover
Robert L. Simon, Cesar R. Torres, and Peter F. Hager
By Robert L. Simon, Cesar R. Torres (College at Brockport faculty member), Peter F. Hager (College at Brockport faculty member).
Includes a short discussion of the view of Scott Kretchmar (former College at Brockport faculty member) on pages 5-53.
Addressing both collegiate and professional sports, the updated edition of Fair Play: The Ethics of Sport explores the ethical presuppositions of competitive athletics and their connection both to ethical theory and to concrete moral dilemmas that arise in actual athletic competition. This fourth edition has been updated with new examples, including a discussion of Spygate by the New England Patriots and recent discoveries on the use of performance enhancing drugs by top athletes. Two additional authors, Cesar R. Torres and Peter F. Hager, bring to this edition a discussion of the moral issues involved in youth sports and the ethics of being a fan, as well as a fresh perspective on the theories of broad internalism and the quest for excellence. Furthermore, major criticisms of broad internalism by philosophers William J. Morgan and Scott Kretchmar add a new dimension to the discussion on the moral foundations of winning.
Etzel Cardena, Stephen Jay Lynn, Stanley Krippner, and Stuart Appelle
Edited by Etzel Cardena, Steven Jay Lynn, and Stanley Krippner.
Includes a chapter co-authored by former College at Brockport faculty member Stuart Appelle: Alien abduction experiences.
"In this revised and thoroughly updated edition of their classic text, the editors have invited experts to provide definitive reviews and analyses of a wide range of anomalous experiences, from commonly documented sensations and perceptions like synesthesia, lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, and auditory and visual hallucinations, to rarer and more seemingly inexplicable experiences such as anomalous healing, past-lives, near-death, mystical experiences, and even alien abductions ... The book makes a compelling case for the inclusion of these marginalized and under-recognized experiences as not merely incidental, but essential to our understanding of human psychology."--Publisher's description
Joseph L. Chesebro
By Joseph L. Chesebro, College at Brockport faculty member.
"This text prepares future professionals for success in the workplace through identifying interpersonal communication skills and strategies and exploring when, how, and why to use them. Informed by academic research, professional literature, and author Joseph L. Chesebro's own experiences, the text explores and demonstrates the skills that have facilitated Chesebro's own students to find work and to succeed in their professional lives. Offering a very practical focus on such topics as handling conflict and giving dynamic presentations, Professional Communication at Work also covers essential interpersonal communication skills that are often not discussed, such as: Using networking when job hunting; Earning a good reputation as a new employee Using storytelling and questioning more often Developing coaching relationships with the best senior employees in our workplace, Practicing and developing new skills on our own, and Using workplace politics in a positive and constructive way to accomplish our goals. Utilizing the approach of a supportive communication coach, this text will help readers gain a variety of practical communication strategies they can apply to contribute to success in their own careers"--Publisher
Melchor De Guzman, Aiedeo Mintie Das, and Dilip K. Das
Edited by: Melchor C. de Guzman (The College at Brockport faculty member), Aiedeo Mintie Das, Dilip K. Das.
Each year, the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) holds a global conference for police scholars and practitioners to exchange information about the latest trends in police practice and research. Drawn from recent proceedings, The Evolution of Policing: Worldwide Innovations and Insights explores major policing initiatives and evolutions across the globe and presents practical insights on how police are retooling their profession.
With insight from both police practitioners and scholars, the book covers a range of topics, including: The trends in evolving police roles among democratic and democratizing states in pursuit of improved policing models ; The impact and implementation of the currently dominant philosophy of community-oriented policing ; Innovations occurring in police training and personnel management ; Police operations and issues relating to ethics, technology, investigations, and public relations ; Challenges to police practices, such as terrorism, decentralization, and the policing of indigenous and special population groups.
A survey of the evolving roles and practices in policing across the world, the book is written in a style accessible to a wide audience. The expert insight will assist scholars in seeking directions for their current research endeavors while at the same time enabling practitioners to implement new programs or fine-tune their current practices.
Marcie N. Desrochers and Moira Fallon
By Marcie Desrochers, Moira Fallon, College at Brockport faculty members.
"Instruction in Functional Assessment introduces learners to functional assessment (FA), which includes a variety of assessment approaches (indirect, observational, and experimental) for identifying the cause of an individual's challenging behavior for the purpose of designing effective treatments. FA is mandated by federal law and is a recognized empirically based approach to treatment of individuals with challenging behaviors (e.g., disruptive, self-injurious, and aggressive behaviors). Instruction in FA is essential for students who will one day enter professions as educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, or mental health professionals. The purpose of this textbook is to provide instruction in FA skills for pre-professionals in the fields of education and psychology. This supplemental resource provides the context, background, and knowledge to facilitate students' acquisition of the methods, decision-making, and skills involved in conducting FA. Each chapter begins with focus questions designed to promote reflective thinking and ends with discussion questions. To promote application of FA in diverse situations and teach important lessons, case studies of individuals with challenging behaviors, interactive activities, and opportunities for practice are embedded in the chapters. Moreover, the text includes the ingredients to facilitate students' role play and rehearsal of appropriate FA skills while working in cooperative groups and using performance-based training"
Kathleen Hardesty Doig, Felicia Sturzer, and Morag Martin
Edited by Kathleen Hardesty Doig and Felicia Berger Sturzer.
Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Morag Martin: 'Augustine Debaralle, insensée, folle, charlatane, et enfin tout ce qu'il vous plaira': A Female Healer's Struggle for Medical Recognition in Napoleonic France.
Based on encyclopedias, medical journals, historical, and literary sources, this collection of interdisciplinary essays focuses on the intersection of women, gender, and disease in England and France. Diverse critical perspectives highlight contributions women made to the scientific and medical communities of the eighteenth century. In spite of obstacles encountered in spaces dominated by men, women became midwives, and wrote self-help manuals on women's health, hygiene, and domestic economy. Excluded from universities, they nevertheless contributed significantly to such fields as anatomy, botany, medicine, and public health. Enlightenment perspectives on the nature of the female body, childbirth, diseases specific to women, "gender," sex, "masculinity" and "femininity," adolescence, and sexual differentiation inform close readings of English and French literary texts. Treatises by Montpellier vitalists influenced intellectuals and physicians such as Nicolas Chambon, Pierre Cabanis, Jacques-Louis Moreau de la Sarthe, Jules-Joseph Virey, and Theophile de Bordeu. They impacted the exchange of letters and production of literary works by Julie de Lespinasse, Francoise de Graffigny, Nicolas Chamfort, Mary Astell, Frances Burney, Lawrence Sterne, Eliza Haywood, and Daniel Defoe. In our post-modern era, these essays raise important questions regarding women as subjects, objects, and readers of the philosophical, medical, and historical discourses that framed the project of enlightenment."
Christine Hedges, Barbara Williams, and Elizabeth Heavey
By Christine Hedges and Barbara Williams.
Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Elizabeth Heavey: Analyzing your results.
Covers everything from formulating a hypothesis to the legal and ethical issues involved in performing and funding a research study. Providing a user-friendly approach to research, authors Christine Hedges and Barbara Williams brings together a team who bridges the gaps between academic learning and research in a clinical setting using learning elements such as question and answer sections, sample protocols and frameworks, data collection and measurement examples, and so much more.
Kenneth J. Herrmann
By Kenneth J. Herrmann, College at Brockport faculty member.
"The author's fifty years of practice in social work and child welfare have resulted in this examination and critique of America's treatment of childhood. This advances a radical approach to ensuring the needs of children, an approach based in social justice and human rights."
David A. Kendall
By David A. Kendall, former College at Brockport faculty member.
"How often have you regretted your failure to engage the elder generations of your family for information about their lives and memories? How many times have you wanted just one more hour with a deceased relative who could answer that one burning question that you suddenly thought about, and that no one else can answer? Perhaps you remember a time when an older acquaintance wanted to share with you some stories about "the good old days," but you couldn't be bothered. Most of us have had regrets like these, as will our descendants - unless we seek to record and preserve some stories for their use. Whether our stories are short and simple or long and complex matters not, but these stories will become part of their heritage and can certainly influence their lives. Though our contributions may not be recognized for decades, our lives matter to future generations and our stories should be told. The rest is up to each of us."--Back cover
Lauren J. Lieberman, Linda H. Snell, Luz M. Cruz, and Phoebe Brown
Edited by Lauren J. Lieberman, Linda Snell (both College at Brockport faculty members), Luz M. Cruz (College at Brockport emeritus faculty member), Phoebe Brown.
"The Journey to Wholeness book will literally take the reader on a journey into the diverse lives of 13 women with disabilities. This is a one of a kind book as there is no other compilation of women’s voices like this one. These women come from different backgrounds, experience different barriers and triumphs, and find joys in many unexpected places. Their disabilities range from Deafness, to MS, to Fibromyalgia to visual impairments, to rheumatoid arthritis and spina bifida. Some are born with their disabilities, some acquire theirs quickly or progressively over time. Some continue working, and some do not work after their disability is diagnosed. Some have children and some do not. Some are religious and some find spirituality in the outdoors, or by volunteering. One thing for sure is that these women are brutally honest, sincere and resilient.
The reader is asked to take this ride with the contributors and learn that people with disabilities do not want to be pitied, or excluded. Disability can be a pathway to new opportunities, friendships, leadership opportunities, hobbies, and experiences. Disability requires a new way of thinking, but can be navigated and embraced when the woman see the possibilities and opportunities that they create."--Publisher
By Rachel Linville, College at Brockport faculty member.
"La manera en que a lo largo del tiempo ha ido cambiando la visión de los maquis, las fuerzas represoras y la lucha guerrillera, se pone de manifiesto mediante el análisis y la clasificación de cerca de doscientas obras en cinco perŕodos que abarcan desde 1936 hasta 2010. Las representaciones de cada período ilustran las relaciones existentes entre el poder y una producción textual que tiene como objetivo la difusión de un determinado discurso sobre la lucha guerrillera, mostrando así las prioridades y preocupaciones de los diferentes actores en el contexto socio-político de cada etapa. Finalmente, se analiza la memoria colectiva y traumática reflejada en las obras así como el efecto que el tratamiento de la lucha guerrillera tiene sobre la memoria de espectadores y lectores."--Publisher
Margie Lovett-Scott and Faith Prather
Edited by: Margie Lovett-Scott (College at Brockport alumna and faculty member) and Faith Prather (College at Brockport faculty member).
"... a comprehensive overview of healthcare access and delivery in 11 developing and industrialized countries. This accessible text is designed for undergraduate and beginning graduate students in various health-related disciplines. Global Health Systems offers rich and diverse real-life case scenarios, analysis of healthcare systems in an international context, and an innovative Eight Factor Model for healthcare system evaluation. The text’s integrated approach and synthesis-based organizational framework challenges learners to develop their own strategies for analysis and envision creative solutions to current healthcare crises.
Each section is organized to effectively present both the shortcomings and successes of healthcare systems in the countries discussed. The case scenarios offer the opportunity for students to think critically and apply text-based learning to real-world problems. The Eight Factor Model, developed exclusively for this text, allows learners to create their own frameworks of analysis and strategize outcome-based solutions to contemporary issues, including healthcare quality, cost, and access. The text also provides instructors with multiple pathways for evaluating student learning and knowledge acquisition."
By Takashi Nishiyama (College at Brockport faculty member).
Naval, aeronautic, and mechanical engineers played a powerful part in the military buildup of Japan in the early and mid-twentieth century. They belonged to a militaristic regime and embraced the importance of their role in it. Takashi Nishiyama examines the impact of war and peace on technological transformation during the twentieth century. He is the first to study the paradoxical and transformative power of Japan’s defeat in World War II through the lens of engineering.
Nishiyama asks: How did authorities select and prepare young men to be engineers? How did Japan develop curricula adequate to the task (and from whom did the country borrow)? Under what conditions? What did the engineers think of the planes they built to support Kamikaze suicide missions? But his study ultimately concerns the remarkable transition these trained engineers made after total defeat in 1945. How could the engineers of war machines so quickly turn to peaceful construction projects such as designing the equipment necessary to manufacture consumer products? Most important, they developed new high-speed rail services, including the Shinkansen Bullet Train. What does this change tell us not only about Japan at war and then in peacetime but also about the malleability of engineering cultures?
Nishiyama aims to counterbalance prevalent Eurocentric/Americentric views in the history of technology. Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868–1964 sets the historical experience of one country’s technological transformation in a larger international framework by studying sources in six different languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The result is a fascinating read for those interested in technology, East Asia, and international studies. Nishiyama's work offers lessons to policymakers interested in how a country can recover successfully after defeat.
By Kimberly Schutte, The College at Brockport faculty member.
For British aristocratic women from the beginning of the Tudor era to the end of the First World War, there was nothing more important than making a suitable marriage to a groom of high rank. Failure could well have catastrophic consequences. It was the marriages of these noble daughters, far more than the unions of their brothers, which ensured a family's continued place within the titled ranks. Through an analysis of the marriage patterns of thousands of aristocratic women as well as an examination of diaries, letters, and memoirs, Schutte demonstrates that the sense of rank identity as manifested in these women's marriages remained remarkably stable for centuries, until it was finally shattered by the First World War.
By Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, former College at Brockport visiting professor.
Putting Movement into Your Life: A Beyond Fitness Primer is both playful and serious, bridging both popular and scholarly texts. It is engagingly written with two reflective stopping posts -- Ponderabilia -- per chapter that offer slow food for thought on a diversity of topics related to the immediate topic in the text. The book is definitely NOT an exercise book or a self-help book, but a book about movement that breaks new ground in lively and creative ways while remaining anchored in everyday life. In so doing, it answers to the growing attempt by numerous individuals, organizations, and businesses to promote health by promoting movement.
Kathleen Dorman Wagner, Melanie G. Hardin-Pearce, Zara R. Brenner, and Maureen Krenzer
By Kathleen Dorman Wagner and Melanie G. Hardin-Pearce.
Includes a chapter co-authored by Zara Brenner (College at Brockport faculty member) and Rochester General Hospital's Maureen Krenzer: Alterations in pancreatic function.
The most focused, up-to-date, easy-to-understand guide to high-acuity nursing in all care settings. High-Acuity Nursing, Sixth Edition brings together the knowledge needed to care for adult patients with complex conditions and unpredictable outcomes, across settings ranging from critical care to high-skill long-term facilities. It makes critical pathophysiological concepts clinically applicable to high-acuity patients; enhances students’ clinical decision-making skills; provides extensive and immediate feedback; and supports self-paced learning. This tightly focused guide has been substantially reorganized to reflect faculty and student feedback. This edition adds bulleted chapter summaries; NCLEX-style posttest items; updated Emerging Evidence boxes; coverage of oncological emergencies, hypertensive crises, and acute aortic problems; adult doses in Related Pharmacotherapy boxes; and a brand-new chapter on complications associated with metabolic stress response.
Teaching and Learning Experience
This book is designed to help learners rapidly gain mastery and confidence. It provides:
- Focused coverage of topics specifically related to high-acuity nursing: Helps learners gain command of crucial content without ever feeling overwhelmed by its volume and complexity
- Links pathophysiological principles and clinical care: Helps learners translate pathophysiological principles into care decisions, and understand the rationale for those decisions
- Learner-focused “active learning” with strong pedagogical support: “Chunks” complex information into small, discrete sections, provides quizzes after each section to ensure mastery, and offers extensive pedagogical support for more effective study
Amanda Williamson, Glenna Batson, Sarah Whately, Rebecca Weber, and Sondra Horton Fraleigh The College at Brockport
Edited by Amanda Williamson, Glenna Batson, Sarah Whately, and Rebecca Weber.
Contains a chapter written by Sondra Fraleigh, former College at Brockport faculty member: Permission and the making of consciousness.
"Presenting a rich mosaic of embodied contemporary narratives in spirituality and movement studies, this book explicitly studies the relationship between spirituality and the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education. It is the first scholarly text to focus on contemporary spirituality within the domain of dance and somatic movement studies. ...[It] brings together prominent authors and practitioners in order to elucidate how a wide range of sacred narratives/spiritualities are informing pedagogy, educational and therapeutic practice. As well as providing new insights and promoting creative/artistic awareness, this seminal text de-mystifies the spiritual/sacred and brings clarity and academic visibility to this largely uncharted and often misrepresented subject."--Back cover
Cindy Lou Aillaud and Lauren J. Lieberman
By Cindy Lou Aillard and Cololege at Brockport faculty member Lauren Lieberman.
"How kids with visual impairments play sports."
Everybody Plays! is a fun storybook written by Cindy Lou Aillaud and Lauren Lieberman that follows an elementary school-age child to a sports camp for children who have visual impairment, blindness, or deafblindness. Written at a 4th grade reading level, readers learn about sports and recreational physical activities that are enjoyed universally and about specific sports designed for persons with visual impairment and blindness. The young storyteller describes how sport modifications and equipment adaptations help the campers have a blast when they learn about sports and play with new friends and coaches. Young readers learn about Paralympic sports and are encouraged to identify the Paralympic sports that the storyteller experiences while at camp. Each sport and recreational activity has a Listen Up! page that introduces the sports novice to each sport or activity. If a reader does not need the detailed explanation of a particular activity, the print, braille, and electronic books are designed so the Listen Up! pages can be skipped.
Ilon Alon, Eugene Jaffe, and Donata Vianelli
By Ilan Alon, former College at Brockport faculty member, and Eugene Jaffe, with Donata Vianelli.
Hailing from America, Europe and the Middle East, the authors of Global Marketing provide a truly international and comparative perspective to the study of marketing. Examples are provided from across the continents encompassing small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In addition, well-researched multinational companies are explored and give justice to the breadth and depth of this field. Cases on well-known companies, such as Disney, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), and Corona are supplemented by cases on lesser-known and smaller companies from emerging markets, such as Proton Car from Malaysia and San Lu from China. In addition to short, end of chapter cases that can be used in classroom discussion, the book also boasts longer, end of book cases which require integration of multiple chapters and synthesis of knowledge to identify and solve international marketing problems.
Earl Babbie, Fred Halley, William E. Wagner, and Jeanne Zaino
By Earl Babbie, Fred S. Halley [College at Brockport emeritus], William E. Wagner, Jeanne Zaino.
Written by esteemed social science research authors, encourages students to practice SPSS as they read about it and provides a practical, hands-on introduction to conceptualization, measurement, and association through active learning. This fully revised workbook will guide students through step-by-step instruction on data analysis using the latest version of SPSS and the most up to date General Social Survey data. Arranged to parallel most introductory research methods texts, this text starts with an introduction to computerized data analysis and the social research process, then walks readers step-by-step through univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis using SPSS Statistics. In this revised edition, active and collaborative learning will be emphasized as students engage in a series of practical investigative exercises.
Gabriele Brandstetter, Gabriele Klein, Susan Leigh Foster, Melanie Haller, and Heike Luken
Edited by: Gabriele Brandstetter and Gabriele Klein, with the editorial assistance of Melanie Haller and Heike Luken.
Includes a chapter by former College at Brockport faculty member Susan Leigh Foster: Dancing and theorizing and theorizing dancing.
Both the identity of dance and that of theory are at risk as soon as the two intertwine. This anthology of revisions of the papers and proceedings of an international conference held in April 2011 in Berlin collects observations by choreographers and scholars, dancers, dramaturges and dance theorists in an effort to trace the multiple ways in which dance and theory correlate and redefine each other: What is the nature of their relationship? How can we outline a theory of dance from our particular historical perspective which will cover dance both as a practice and as an academic concept? The contributions examine which concepts, interdependencies and discontinuities of dance and theory are relevant today and promise to engage us in the future. They address crucial topics of the current debate in dance and performance studies such as artistic research, aesthetics, politics, visuality, archives, and the "next generation."
Patricia Shehan Campbell, Trevor Wiggins, and Natalie Rose Sarrazin
Edited by Patricia Shehan Campbell and Trevor Wiggins.
Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Natalie Sarrazin: Children's urban and rural musical worlds in North India.
"The Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures is a compendium of perspectives on children and their musical engagements as singers, dancers, players, and avid listeners. Over the course of 35 chapters, contributors from around the world provide an interdisciplinary enquiry into the musical lives of children in a variety of cultures, and their role as both preservers and innovators of music. Drawing on a wide array of fields from ethnomusicology and folklore to education and developmental psychology, the chapters presented in this handbook provide windows into the musical enculturation, education, and training of children, and the ways in which they learn, express, invent, and preserve music. Offering an understanding of the nature, structures, and styles of music preferred and used by children from toddlerhood through childhood and into adolescence, The Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures is an important step forward in the study of children and music."--Publisher
Mary Corey and Mark Harnischfeger
by Mary E. Corey (College at Brockport faculty member) and Mark Harnischfeger (College at Brockport alumnus and adjunct professor).
A Social, Economic and Political History of the Negro Leagues Era for Teachers of Social Studies and American History
Between the end of Reconstruction in the 1880s and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the players, managers and owners of the Negro Leagues empowered and inspired the African-American community to resist Jim Crow. Through the lens of baseball, Before Jackie presents this less familiar history of the era's rich tradition of activism to engage students with stories of African Americans' creativity and courage. These stories will especially appeal to African-American students who too often feel that U.S. social studies and American history has little to do with them.
Annotated and illustrated throughout, it includes lesson plans that allow students to draw on a wide variety of resources and gives teachers valuable assistance in making social studies accessible, relevant and even fun for teaching at all grade levels.
By Carl Davila, College at Brockport faculty member.
Davila redefines the history of this poetic-musical tradition in terms of the oral and literary processes that have preserved it since its beginnings in Islamic Spain, highlighting the social foundations of each. The book proposes a “value theory of tradition” that underscores the values attaching to “mixed orality” in order to explain the coexistence of the two kinds of process within the boundaries of this tradition.
By Georges Dicker, College at Brockport faculty member.
"A solid grasp of the main themes and arguments of the seventeenth-century philosopher René Descartes is essential for understanding modern thought, and a necessary entrée to the work of the Empiricists and Immanuel Kant. It is also crucial to the study of contemporary epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. This new edition of Georges Dicker's commentary on Descartes's masterpiece, Meditations on First Philosophy, features a new chapter on the Fourth Meditation and improved treatments of the famous cogito ergo sum and the notorious problem of the Cartesian Circle, among numerous other improvements and updates. Clear and accessible, it serves as an introduction to Descartes's ideas for undergraduates and as a sophisticated companion to his Meditations for advanced readers. The volume provides a thorough discussion of several basic issues of epistemology and metaphysics elicited from the main themes and arguments of the Meditations. It also delves into the work's historical background and critical reception. Dicker offers his own assessments of the Cartesian Doubt, the cogito, the causal and ontological proofs of God's existence, Cartesian freedom and theodicy, Cartesian Dualism, and Descartes's views about the existence and nature of the material world. The commentary also incorporates a wealth of recent Descartes scholarship, and inculcates -- but does not presuppose -- knowledge of the methods of contemporary analytic philosophy."--Back cover