ISMAEL, J. T.,
How Physics Makes Us Free.
Oxford University Press, 2016. 288p. Hardback. Jenann Ismael's book is a strikingly original monograph that somehow manages to be perfectly relevant and highly engaging to both the intelligent lay reader and the professional philosopher. It shows how well done philosophy of science can be relevant for the public at large, even when treating questions that have, of late, suffered from the ravages of analytic metaphysics. The book may be more widely read inside the academy than outside, but those on the outside who read it in full will surely come away with a better opinion of philosophy than they had at the start. Ismael's prose is beautiful, evocative, and full of helpful metaphors and analogies ... It is a book that nobody who cares about how human freedom squares with modern physicalism can afford to ignore. Carl Hoefer, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online (Publisher's information).