I came upon this title, "The Soul Knows No Bars: Inmates Reflect on Life, Death, and Hope" quite by accident, and what a treasure of a read it is. Personal Identity, Immortality, and the Soul. Ferit G├╝ven - 2001 - Teaching Philosophy 24 (3):304-307. The Soul Knows No Bars is a unique book, co-authored by Drew Leder, and inmates at the Maryland State Penitentiary. Thus, The Soul Knows No Bars raises not only ethical issues about the prison system and social injustice. L. Nathan Oaklander - 2001 - Philo 4 (2):183-194. Philosophy professor Drew Leder - himself with quite a life story - has compiled a rich and varied dialogue between himself and a handful of inmates from the Maryland Penetentiary. The Soul Knows No Bars. The Soul Knows No Bars compiles all of the authors' reactions to texts by Foucault, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and others. It also brings different realms of thought in questioning the value of philosophy. It also brings different realms of thought in questioning the value of philosophy. Taking off from the texts by Foucault, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Buber, Cornel West, and others, the men speak of the impact within their lives of power, violence, sexual and racial identity, incarceration, and the liberation of spirit possible even in a maximum-security cell.