Jerome Bruner is University Professor at New York University. His newest book, Making Stories, appeared in the spring. (September 2003)


Do Not Pass Go

The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society

by David Garland
David Garland’s disturbing new book addresses the question why there are so many more people in jail in America and Britain than anywhere else. That, in any case, is its specific focus. Its broader concern is with “cultures of control,” how societies treat deviance and violence and whom they single …

Tot Thought

The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn

by Alison Gopnik and Andrew N. Meltzoff and Patricia K. Kuhl

The Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning

by John T. Bruer
Why are adults half-blind to the ways of the child’s mind? Equally puzzling, why are they so gullible about fashionable dogmas on that oddly vexed subject? Years ago I was stunned to hear Anna Freud declare in a lecture at Harvard that if a three-year-old wandered unrestrained from Central Square …

The Artist as Analyst

A Way of Looking at Things: Selected Papers From 1930 to 1980

by Erik H. Erikson, edited by Stephen Schlein Ph.D.
Erik Erikson must surely be the most distinguished living psychoanalyst. His early work in child therapy, his ventures into psychoanalytic anthropology, his rendering of the “identity crisis” and of the “stages” in the human life cycle, all these established him as a brilliant, though aberrant, psychoanalytic theorist, aberrant particularly in …

Under Construction

Of Mind and Other Matters

by Nelson Goodman
A little over half a century ago philosophers and psychologists at Harvard shared a single department housed in Emerson Hall, its ground-floor corridor presided over by a seated, slightly frowning Ralph Waldo Emerson in bronze. The psychologists by then could scarcely wait to be free of their old-fashioned colleagues. That …

Hole in the World

A Leg to Stand On

by Oliver Sacks
Neurologists lead philosophically confounded professional lives—by necessity rather than choice. No other profession is so implacably condemned to dwell in that restless and prismatic space that lies between body and mind. If to the philosopher the mind–body problem is a playground for fancy analytic footwork, for the neurologist, it is …