Dementia: A very short introduction by Kathleen Taylor (OUP, £8.99 (£8.09); 978-0-19-882578-4).
“Offers a clear guide to dementia, covering its history and its definition, different types and their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and the underlying science; explains why we still have no cure for dementia, and looks at current research which could soon change that; discusses both the human costs of brain disorders, and also their costs to society; looks at risk factors, and how to lower our chances of succumbing to dementia”
Making Sense: Conversations on consciousness, morality and the future of humanity by Sam Harris (Bantam Press, £20 (£18); 978-1-78-763379-7).
“Sam Harris has been exploring some of the greatest questions concerning the human mind, society, and the events that shape our world. Harris's search for deeper understanding of how we think has led him to engage and exchange with some of our most brilliant and controversial contemporary minds to unpack and clarify ideas of consciousness, free will, extremism, and ethical living. For Harris, honest conversation, no matter how difficult or contentious, represents the only path to moral and intellectual progress. Featuring eleven conversations from the hit podcast, these electric exchanges fuse wisdom with rigorous interrogation to shine a light on what it means to make sense of our world today.”
The New Cambridge Companion to St Paul, edited by Bruce W. Longenecker (CUP, £22.99 (£20.69); 978-1-108-43828-5).
“The New Cambridge Companion to St Paul provides an invaluable entryway into the study of Paul and his letters. Composed of sixteen essays by an international team of scholars, it explores some of the key issues in the current study of his dynamic and demanding theological discourse. The volume first examines Paul's life and the first-century context in which he and his communities lived. Contributors then analyze particular writings by comparing and contrasting at least two selected letters, while thematic essays examine topics of particular importance, including how Paul read scripture, his relation to Judaism and monotheism, why his message may have been attractive to first-century audiences, how his message was elaborated in various ways in the first four centuries, and how his theological discourse might relate to contemporary theological discourse and ideological analysis today.”