From Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, a special issue on academic knowledge, labor, and neoliberalism. One of the great thing about being a college professor is that you don't envy the young. The "Doctor Fox Effect" appears to be more than an illusion — seductiveness affects both student ratings of instruction and achievement. An article on Elliott West, America's top college professor. Her college feminism professor taught her to learn through rigorous inquiry, then Marcia Carlisle died and left her former student to answer the biggest question yet. The banality of academic paranoia: What could have turned his former officemate — a well-liked, model graduate student — into someone so utterly paranoid? A look at why The Prince should be assigned reading for all those entering into Ph.D. programs. Interdisciplinary hype: There's a reason traditional disciplines evolved the way they did. From the producers of race studies, queer studies, and women's studies, fat studies is coming to a campus near you. An interview with Yongfang Chen, Lin Nie and Li Wan, authors of A True Liberal Arts Education. From Minding the Campus, Adam Kissel on The University of Chicago — what's been lost. A review of Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony Kronman. A review of The Question of Morale: Managing Happiness and Unhappiness in University Life by David Watson. Community colleges are being asked to provide everything from second chances to vocational education; is America ready to help them succeed?
A new issue of the Journal of Third World Studies is out. The Maybe-Baby Dilemma: What to do with unused embryos, a byproduct of a booming fertility business, is a question patients are rarely prepared to deal with. Carl Sagan protege Cliff Mass is changing the way weather is forecasted in America. Love in the Ruins: An essay on practicality and decline. When Barack Obama’s half-brother George releases his autobiography early next year, he may transition from Kenyan bad boy to best-selling author — how are the fellow members of the far-flung First Family adjusting to their sudden associative celebrity? A review of Never Kiss a Man in a Canoe: Words of Wisdom from the Golden Age of Agony Aunts by Tanith Carey. The first time as tragedy: It seems to have become fashionable to quote Marx's famous line from The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. John de Graaf, co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, reports from from the International Gross Happiness Conference. A review of Victorian Fetishism: Intellectuals and Primitives by Peter Melville Logan. A review of Don't Call Me a Crook by Bob Moore. Is this the end for human space flight? Michael Hanlon and Ivan Semeniuk debate. Supergirl's summer costume change — which included concealing shorts under her skirt as she flew about, kicking butt — reveals a lot about our changing superheroes. Walking the Way: A tale of endurance, remonstrance, and remembrance on the pilgrim’s trail in Spain. Welcome to the Age of Metrics — or to the end of instinct. A look at how cohabitation is a sin against social justice.
A review of The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel by Benjamin Sommer. Simon Schama reviews The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand. Was Paul a Jew?: A new generation of scholars argues that the apostle long considered the progenitor of anti-Semitism never left his religion. Zion, shall you not beseech: A review of books on Judah Halevi's legacy. The first chapter from Maimonides in His World: Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker by Sarah Stroumsa. A review of The Other Within: The Marranos, Split Identity, and Emerging Modernity by Yirmiyahu Yovel. An excerpt from Michael Goldfarb's Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). A review of The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics: Bundism and Zionism in Eastern Europe. More on Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters by Louis Begley. A review of Kristallnacht 1938 by Alan Steinweis (and more). The introduction to From Guilt to Shame: Auschwitz and After by Ruth Leys. A review of Varieties of Antisemitism: History, Ideology, Discourse; and an article on the Internet as the Hatred Super-Highway. In praise of anti-Semites: An excerpt from Is It Good for the Jews? More Stories from the Old Country and the New by Adam Biro. David Goldman on Jewish survival in a gentile world. Birthright: Is giving young Jews a taste of the homeland the best way to save Judaism? Is Judaism Zionism?: Judith Butler on religious sources for the critique of violence (and more). Defender of the People: There’s nothing like a few days in Eastern Europe to bring out the Jew in you.
John Jacob Kaag (UMass): Pragmatism and the Lessons of Experience. A review of Rorty, Pragmatism, and Confucianism: With Responses by Richard Rorty. A review of The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence by David Walsh. A review of Ideas in Process: A Study on the Development of Philosophical Concepts by Nicholas Rescher. A review of The Time of Our Lives: A Critical History of Temporality by David Couzens Hoy. A review of "Yo!" and "Lo!": The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons by Rebecca Kukla and Mark Lance. The I in Me: Thomas Nagel reviews Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics by Galen Strawson. A review of Understanding Naturalism by Jack Ritchie. A review of Reading Bernard Williams, ed. Daniel Callcut. A review of The Engaged Intellect: Philosophical Essays by John McDowell. A review of Living with Uncertainty: The Moral Significance of Ignorance by Michael Zimmerman. A review of Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism by David Wong. A review of Normativity by Judith Jarvis Thomson. A review of How We Get Along by J. David Velleman. A review of Fellow-Feeling and the Moral Life by Joseph Duke Filonowicz. A review of What Is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being by Richard Kraut. A review of Experiments in Ethics by Kwame Anthony Appiah (and more). A review of Reconciling Our Aims: In Search of Bases for Ethics by Allan Gibbard. A review of The Positive Function of Evil. A review of Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics by Andrew Linzey.