Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu (ANU): How the Ceteris Paribus Principles of Morality Lie. From the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, Bradford Skow (MIT): Preferentism and the Paradox of Desire; Steven Weimer (BGSU): Beyond History: The Ongoing Aspects of Autonomy; David Killoren (Wisconsin): Moral Intuitions, Reliability, and Disagreement; Olivia Bailey (Oxford): What Knowledge is Necessary for Virtue? From Rationality, Markets and Morals, Robert Sugden (Dusseldorf): Can a Humean Be a Contractarian? The fetishism of morality: Jonathan Ree revives the idea of moral progress. Apes and ethics: Margaret Somerville on the origins of ethics — Big Bang or Deity and why it matters. A review of A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain by Tamler Sommers. The sweet smell of morality: Courtney Humphries on how scent can shape our thinking. An interview with Jonathan Glover on books on moral philosophy. A review of The Ethics of the Lie by Jean-Michel Rabate. Morality is not necessarily good: An interview with Hans-Georg Moeller, author of The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality (and more). Five words in and you've decided: New research suggests our brains react almost instantaneously to statements that challenge our moral values. A review of Reasonably Vicious by Candace Vogler. A review of Ethics and Experience: Life Beyond Moral Theory by Timothy Chappell. A review of The Retrieval of Ethics by Talbot Brewer. Extreme altruists reap joy from sacrifice; do they tap into something within all of us? If you do not donate to aid agencies, you are doing something wrong. A review of Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics. A review of The Moral Significance of Styles of Life by John Kekes.


From THES, John D. Brewer reflects on his passion for Alfred Edward Housman and Edward William Elgar, two artists who transcended social convention and produced work redolent of a bygone time and place. A review of Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society by Katharine Hibbert. A review of Road Runner: An Indian Quest in America by Dilip D'Souza. Swan song of the thong: The once-hot garment is falling from favour — blame cold reality. Our grandchildren as political props: What are our real obligations to future generations? From TED, Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story; and Bill Gates on innovating to zero carbon emissions. Rescued from racism by the love of GK: At 20 the National Front's youth leader was sent to jail; today Joseph Pearce is a leading Catholic writer. The introduction to Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History by John David Lewis. From The New Ledger, Paul Cella on Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s new moralist. Der Jude is now Der Book: Alan Kaufman on electronic book burning (and part 2). From Politics, a look at how digital ads helped turn CNN’s Lou Dobbs problem into a PR nightmare. The attack of the 13th fairy: An interview with Alexander Kluge on the Internet, dragonfly intelligence and why he likes "gardener" as a job description. From New Matilda, the culture wars are over in Australia — the proof? Nobody cares about Keith Windschuttle's The Fabrication of Aboriginal History; and why are so many of us ready to indulge a myopic francophilia? The New Golden Age: The history of investment and technology suggests that economic recovery is closer than you think, with a new silicon-based global elite at the helm. Seven things about the economy that everyone should be more worried about than they are.


Jeffery Williamson (Harvard): Five Centuries of Latin American Inequality. Laurence Whitehead (Oxford): Fernando Henrique Cardoso: The Astuzia Fortunata of Brazil’s Sociologist-President. Chad Post on how Roberto Bolano finally shattered the magic-realist stereotype that has plagued Spanish writers for the past few decades — great news for the dozens of Latin American novels translated into English. An interview with Alan Angell on books on Pinochet and Chilean politics. A review of The New Latin American Left and Experiments in Radical Social Democracy. Alma Guillermoprieto on Bolivia's parched future. From Americas Quarterly, should presidents be allowed unlimited terms in office? Patricio Navia and Steven Griner debate. Postcard from Quince Mil: How a little town in Peru is becoming a hotspot. An interview with Chris Moss on psychoanalysing Argentina. In Chile, many are optimistic that prosperity is coming. Venezuela's and Colombia's ambassadors to the US tell their sides of a tense story. Adios, Monroe Doctrine: Jorge Castaneda on when the Yanquis go home (and a response). An interview with Hugh Thomson on books on Mexico. For a place with as much common history and culture as Latin America, it is striking how its political landscape is marred by tensions on virtually every border. An interview with Michael Jacobs on books on the Andes. A review of Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador’s Modern Indigenous Movements by Marc Becker. Pablo Piccato, author of The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Public Sphere, on honor, violence, and political debate in Mexico. Why is economic liberalism so taboo in socially liberal Brazil? With its glacier-carved peaks and fjords, southern Chile remains one of the wildest places on Earth, but that could soon change.


Max Albert (JLU): Why Bayesian Rationality Is Empty, Perfect Rationality Doesn't Exist, Ecological Rationality Is Too Simple, and Critical Rationality Does the Job. From The Berlin Review of Books, a review of Jan Tschichold: Master Typographer: His Life, Work, and Legacy by Cees W. de Jong; and a review essay on handwriting and technology. Cheney’s Tortured World: An article on terrorism, torture and preemption. Laura Brodie on Becoming Jane Austen: Here are some of the best sellers that had the greatest influence on Austen’s early novels. A review of A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age by Joao Magueijo. From FT, a review of books on media and politics. From Irish Left Review, an article on Kraft and the state of advanced capitalism. From First Things, Michael P. Orsi on the drama of the Christian funeral. Why do all national anthems sound the same? Shouldn't the one for Iraq sound a little more "Arab-y"? Manhattan's Diva of Dirt: An interview with Michael Musto, author of Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back. Math, from basic to baffling: Steven Strogatz on division and its discontents. Populist retribution and financial services regulation: Adam C. Pritchard compares the current effort to reform financial services regulation with the regulatory initiatives that come out of the Great Depression. Life Among the "Yakkity Yaks": An interview with renowned inventor Temple Grandin on how the insights she gained from her own autism fueled her career. Christopher Sabatini on the 7 things President Hugo Chavez has taught him. The Godfather of Extreme Skiing: Meet Yuichiro Miura, the man who skied down Mt. Everest 40 years ago. A review of Have I Reasons by Robert Morris.


The Wagnerian Method: Physicists investigate the grand artistic vision of one of the most influential artists of the last two centuries. Abstract Science: Abstraction, not just mathematics, has its place in science as it does in art. A review of Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society: 350 Years of the Royal Society and Scientific Endeavour (and more and more and more and more). The end of an institution: Hard times for the Royal Institution and its former director, Lady Greenfield. Does the US produce too many scientists? Using new mathematical tools, researchers reveal major shifts in the structure of scientific research in order to uncover structural changes in large, interconnected systems. Corporate money to pay for scientific research? Get over it. Feynman and the Futurists: A dispute over the importance of a 50-year-old speech by Richard Feynman has implications for the multibillion-dollar National Nanotechnology Initiative. Five reasons science [hearts] Google: The company that tamed the Web is now helping researchers see the world with fresh eyes. A review of The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski (and more and more). A review of The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, ed. Richard Dawkins. Let's face it, science is boring: Mouse urine, pureed goldfish brains and human computers — sound interesting? Well, it's not. Longitudinal teaching of the history of science, running from primary to tertiary level, is the key to producing creative scientists. A test of patience: A look at the world’s longest, most elusive science experiment. Discover takes a look at the hottest science experiment on the planet. An article on the world's scariest science: What could possibly go wrong? Physicists re-create conditions of the Big Bang.


Hugh Pemberton (Bristol): Macro-economic Crisis and Policy Revolution. The central thesis of Thomas Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that we live by paradigms — so have we just been through a paradigm shift in economics? An interview with James K. Galbraith: “There is no return to self-sustaining growth”. From The Baffler, let them eat dogma: Chris Lehmann on the 1930s and its parallels to our current predicament; and a review essay on the financial crisis. The few regulatory measures introduced since the financial collapse in 2008 are being supervised by the same banking sector that caused it in the first place; governments' delegation of regulatory responsibilities has deeply negative implications for democracy. An excerpt from On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System by Henry M. Paulson Jr. (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Elizabeth Warren on Wall Street’s race to the bottom. Michael Grunwald on the case for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. John H. Cochrane on Lessons from the Financial Crisis: As long as some firms are considered too big to fail, those firms will take outsized risks. From The Economist, a special report on financial risk; a review of The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History by Gregory Zuckerman and The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson (and more and more); and a review of Don’t Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History is Repeating Itself by Robert Sloan. Is excessive risk-taking in the financial world a matter of too much testosterone?


From Semiophagy: Journal of Pataphysics and Existential Semiotics, Jeremy Fernando (EGS): Of Oxen and Obama: What Happens After the Orgy?; and Peter Hulm (EGS): Baudrillard's Bastards: Pataphysics After the Orgy — Some Lessons for Journalists. A review of The March of the Patriots: The Struggle for Modern Australia by Paul Kelly. From Saturday Evening Post, Jeff Nilsson on Love and Democracy: A Troubled Romance. God's executioner: How did early modern executioners square their unsavoury occupations with aspirations to social respectability and Christian morality? The Brain Mistrust: Why the newest think tanks in Washington aren’t reimagining the capital. Sew Solidarity Crew: Ed Hall’s protest banners are works of art. How can we get politicians elected on a short-term basis to think about the long-term good of the country? Some ideas from around the world. Real Housewives of Gomorrah!: Never before revealed — the deep history of reality television. New research focuses on the power of physical contact. Tom Kuntz on how it’s getting harder to hate Wal-Mart. The Great Grocery Smackdown: Will Walmart, not Whole Foods, save the small farm and make America healthy? A review of To Serve God and Wal-Mart : The Making of Christian Free Enterprise by Bethany Moreton (and a review by Maud Newton at Bookforum). WalMart and the Civil War: Ta-Nehisi Coates on saving hallowed ground from a Big Box invader. A review of Trucking Country: The Road to America’s Wal-Mart Economy by Shane Hamilton. What do the remote control, lipstick tubes and the slogan “Got Milk” have in common? A look at five myths about the 2010 Census and the U.S. population.


Africa’s eastern promise: What the West can learn from Chinese investment in Africa (and more). A review of The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam (and more). A review of China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores by R. Evan Ellis. The End of the Beijing Consensus: Can China's model of authoritarian growth survive? Eastern bloc rising: China and Japan’s emerging symbiosis could shift the locus of modern power completely away from the West (and more). Recent events and trends within Asia may well portend a stepped up pace for Asian regionalism — and heightened danger that the United States will find itself on the outside looking in. An Asian Century? Not so fast — the first global century is more like it. Why antagonize China?: The revitalization of Asian capitalism is the most important positive event in the world in the last 30 years. Don't panic about China: Why we should embrace — rather than fear — the next superpower. Dazzled by Asia: When will China lead the world? Don’t hold your breath. America on the Rise: Complaints of China's ascent and the US's collapse are overly pessimistic — and misguided. Warren I. Cohen, author of America’s Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations, on the China we’re stuck with. The biggest threat we face from China and other rivals isn’t a military one: James Fallows goes inside the battle to protect our online infrastructure from hackers, spammers, spies, and corporate thieves. A panel on Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It by Zachary Karabell. As China and America square off in the latest round of recriminations, how bad are relations really?


From The Huffington Post, a special section on The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin (and more and more and more and more and more). The Phantom Menace: Republicans push voter ID bill to stamp out nonexistent threat. Psychologists have used an inventive combination of techniques to show that the left half of the brain has more self-esteem than the right half. A finishing school for Marxist ideologues?: Far-fetched as it may sound, it will soon be a reality in New Delhi. Open contempt for generally accepted norms: An interview with Slava Mogutin. The assassination of Hamas functionary Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is widely believed to have been the work of the Mossad — but why would Israel's legendary intelligence service allow the identity of its agents to be compromised? (and more and more and more) Joan Didion once called New York “a city only for the very young” — so why is Clay Risen moving to the city now, at age 33? DNA’s dirty little secret: A forensic tool renowned for exonerating the innocent may actually be putting them in prison. Was Andy Warhol actually a great philosopher — or Norman Rockwell's aesthetic heir? Scott McLemee goes Pop. The War Criminal Next Door: Virginia resident Mohamed Ali Samantar oversaw a reign of terror in Somalia — will the Supreme Court grant him immunity? Attack of the light drizzle!: Robert David Sullivan on how weather was taken over by the hype machine. A panel on Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security — From World War II to the War on Terrorism by Julian E. Zelizer. The Great Divider: A review of The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards. A review of Counter-revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-1960 by Alan Filreis.


The inaugural issue of AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom is now out. From The Chronicle, James Alan Fox on tenure and the workplace avenger; do the faculty shootings in Alabama say something about academic culture? (and more); and many observers are asking what role the stresses of academic life played in the Huntsville tragedy. From Academe, a review of Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University by Anna Neumann; a review of The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities by Frank Donoghue; a review of Off-Track Profs: Nontenured Teachers in Higher Education by John Cross and Edie Goldenberg; a review of How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment by Michele Lamont; a review of Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish; and a review of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities by Bruce Smith, Jeremy Mayer, and A. Lee Fritschler. A look at why academe's left-of-center bias isn't so hard to explain. Thomas Benton on the big lie about the "life of the mind". 2 people, 1 job, 36 years: Husband-and-wife historians at Earlham have spent more than three decades sharing a job. A review of A Taste for Language: Literacy, Class, and English Studies by James Ray Watkins. Confessions of an Accidental Literary Scholar: Writers live on one side of the tracks, lit scholars live on the other — one crazed grad student dared to walk the rails. Manners, cigars and egos: Trevor Butterworth on when academics write for the masses. On academic writing: What does it mean to make something sound “Yale Post-Graduate like,” and why do people fetishize it so much? From WSJ, why the fetish about footnotes?: In the world of academe, Web clicking would be too easy.

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