Roman Madzia (Masaryk): John Dewey's Ethics: Democracy as Experience. Isaac M. Morehouse on Areopagitica and Milton's influence on classical and modern political and economic thought. Michael Sandel tells Julian Baggini why he wants a more faith-friendly politics. A review of Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit by Joshua Foa Dienstag. From Logos, an essay on Spinoza and Mendelssohn on tolerance, liberty and equality. A review of books on Spinoza and the claims of modernity. Dirty hands in politics: An interview with C.A.J. Coady on whether politicians need ever act immorally. The introduction and sample chapter from Machiavelli's Ethics by Erica Benner. David Schaefer on restoring the primacy of politics to ethics. Prudence stands at the gateway to reality, both of practical things and of theoretical things. A review of Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy by John Hale. A review of JGA Pocock's Political Thought and History: Essays on Theory and Method. Beyond the Wit: On the centenary of his birth, Isaiah Berlin is celebrated not just for his erudition as a speaker, but as an author and thinker of substance. The introduction to Political Judgement: Essays for John Dunn. An interview with Roger Berkowitz, editor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. The introduction to The Priority of Love: Christian Charity and Social Justice by Timothy Jackson. The first chapter from Hobbes and the Law of Nature by Perez Zagorin. An interview with Chibli Mallat on maverick political thought. A review of Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide by Joseph Epstein.


From The Washington Monthly, a special report on the Agent Orange Boomerang: A dark legacy of the Vietnam War is creating a whole new set of problems. A big reason we know that we're experiencing record colds is because of historical temperature data, the same data that skeptics keep claiming is flawed or forged, the same data showing a clear upward trend in average temperatures over the past 100 years. The secret of ratings success: Why are academics applying algorithms to episodes of the TV drama CSI Las Vegas? Thesaurus rex: Gene Weingarten tries to update his old-fashioned slang to modern lingo. The preface and entries on cartooning, conservative interregnum, 1920-32, labor parties, race and politics since 1933, the Supreme Court, voting, and transnational influences on American policy from The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, ed. Michael Kazin. A look at why big farms can treat their workers better than small farms. A review of Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson by William Langewiesche. From Dark Roasted Blend, an article on mysterious non-Egyptian pyramids. Eliot Spitzer on what patent applications can tell us about America's economic prospects. The age of consent: Interactive TV has made our culture more conservative than ever. From FLYP, as the pace of life quickens, the number of applications for ten-day silent meditation retreats has gone through the roof. The loneliness network: Strange as it sounds, loneliness may be contagious. It’s 2010: Unfortunately, the future doesn’t always turn out as predicted.


From NYRB, Ian Buruma reviews books on occupied Paris (and more at Bookforum). A review of The Unfree French: Life under the Occupation by Richard Vinen. From Standpoint, an article on the French path of most resistance. Myths of neutrality: An article on ignoring the Holocaust in Sweden and Switzerland. An article on the awkward case for preserving Holocaust relics. Brett Popplewell on the case for letting nature take back Auschwitz. A review of Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust by Hans Kundnani (and more). The letters between Gudrun Ensslin and the man who lost her to Andreas Baader, offer profound insights into the birth of German terrorism. Hungary’s house of terror: Hungary's public arraignment of its 20th-century crimes marks it out from the rest of Europe. Robert Kaplan on how we may have gained victory in the Cold War, but lost Europe to apathy and decadence in the process (and a response). Eurabian Follies: Justin Vaisse on the shoddy and just plain wrong genre that refuses to die. Anne Applebaum reviews Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West by Christopher Caldwell (and more and more). From FP, the Eurocrats Europe needs: Catherine Ashton and Herman Van Rompuy should suit the EU; and why the colorless and boring German model is the right path for Europe's new bigwigs. An article on Europe's love affair with bureaucracy — why it's not as dysfunctional as you think. Lessons from The Leopard: Is Europe becoming too accustomed to genteel decline? 10 Things to Hate About EU: Reasons why you ought to love the US.


From American Scientist, Michael Berube reviews On the Origins of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction by Brian Boyd. How the scientist got his ideas: David Barash and Judith Eve Lipton explain why we shouldn't be too dismissive of our inner just-so stories. A review of The Three Cultures: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities in the 21st Century by Jerome Kagan. A review of Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science by Carol Kaesuk Yoo. Does culture prevent or drive human evolution? Mark Stoneking investigates. Some biologists find an urge in human nature to help. Franz De Waal on how the most profound bonds between people begin in our bodies with imitation and synchronized movements. Edward Dolnick reviews de Waal's The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society (and more and more). A review of Why We Cooperate by Michael Tomasello (and more at The Onion). A review of The Selfish Genius: How Richard Dawkins Rewrote Darwin’s Legacy by Fern Elsdon-Baker. From Edge, Richard Dawkins on growing up in ethology. Darwinian theory was the best idea of all time, but why did it take so long to evolve, and what if we had 16 fingers? Herbert Gintis on Darwin and modern science. Quietly tending the plants in his greenhouse, Darwin cast us out of Eden for the second time. A review of Of Apes and Ancestors: Evolution, Christianity, and the Oxford Debate by Ian Hesketh. The argument between science and theology is as old as ancient Greece, where scientific rationalism first flourished, but it was revived with the advent of Darwinism (and more).

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