PPP: Jeremy Waldron (NYU): How Law Protects Dignity. Mark Graber (Maryland): Constitutional Democracy, Human Dignity, and Entrenched Evil. Jacob T. Levy (McGill): The Right to Be Dignified, or the Dignity of Liberty. Antonio Argandona (Navarra): The Common Good. Davide Cadeddu (Milan): Philosophy and Politics: The Dialogue between Campagnolo and Bobbio. Eric Allen Engle (Bremen): Karl Marx’s Intellectual Roots in John Locke. Funda Gencoglu-Onbasi (Baskent): Democracy, Pluralism and the Idea of Public Reason: Rawls and Habermas in Comparative Perspective. From The Art of Theory, an interview with Quentin Skinner on meaning and method (and part 2). Conservative, reactionary or moderate revolutionist? Carolina Armenteros on Joseph de Maistre in the light of history. A review of The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte by Isaac Nakhimovsky. A review of Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France since the Eighteenth Century by Jeremy Jennings. An interview with Fabienne Peter, author of Democratic Legitimacy. The de-politicization of politics: The challenge for a liberal democracy is to remain as such, argues Charles Taylor. Here is The Immanent Frame's complete blog series on Political Theology by Paul W. Kahn. Is there a difference between barroom conversation and philosophy, and what does Lincoln's Gettysburg Address tell us about social justice? An interview with Joshua Cohen. An interview with Robert Audi, author of Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State. From the International Encyclopedia of Ethics, here are the entries on capabilities, citizenship, and Isaiah Berlin and global justice and politics by Thom Brooks and on dirty hands by Charles Blattberg. An interview with George Kateb, pathologist of politics.
Samuel Moyn (Columbia): From Antiwar Politics to Antitorture Politics. The end of cheap coffee: Why the diner staple is about to become a luxury. A review of Empire of Liberty: Power, Desire, and Freedom by Anthony Bogues. The sea causes some of our worst natural disasters — and the sea doesn't want us to forget it. John Quiggin on the erosion of the EU. How much do individuals matter in politics? Joshua Tucker on Kim Jong Il and Vaclav Havel. The geography of poverty: Carl Lee and Danny Dorling examine the reality of life in a society which surrounds those in poverty with commodities they can never afford to own. In recent times some have suggested that we have witnessed the rise of the "precariat" — Esme Choonara disagrees. An interview with Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst. From Ducts, all this happened, more or less. Why euphemism is integral to modern warfare: The arms trade relies on business-speak and foggy language. An interview with Peter Carruthers, author of The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Self-Knowledge. A book salon on The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses by Paul Koudounaris (and more). Studies of plant perception help us understand what it means to be a plant, of course, but also what it means to be us. Patent trolls may have bled companies for half a trillion dollars in the past two decades, a new study finds — here’s how all that money disappeared. Julia Galef on how rationality can make your life more awesome. Libertarian economist Daniel B. Klein retracts a swipe at the left — after discovering that our political leanings leave us more biased than we think. The introduction to Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire, 1815-1914 by Davide Rodogno.
Gary Lucas, Jr. (Texas Wesleyan): Saving Smokers from Themselves: The Paternalistic Use of Cigarette Taxes. From NYRB, Jerome Groppman reviews The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World Since 1700 by Robert Floud, Robert W. Fogel, Bernard Harris, and Sok Chul Hong (and more); and Arnold Relman on how doctors could rescue health care. The quiet health-care revolution: How a company’s mix of high-tech (wireless scales) and low-tech (regular toenail-clipping) strategies is transforming health care. Do you like comic books with CBO scores, two-headed alligators and health economist superheroes? Then has Jonathan Gruber got a graphic novel for you. A review of Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You by Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband. A review of Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform by Paul Starr (and more). Barbara J King on why the paleo-diet is not the way to a healthy future. On be(com)ing a good doctor: A review of My Imaginary Illness: A Journey into Uncertainty and Prejudice in Medical Diagnosis by Chloe G.K. Atkins and Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care by Augustus White and David Chanoff. Health is a social construct: How do we determine that readings from modern medical equipment like EMGs, MRIs, and C-T Scans have something important to tell us about our health? Nicholas Jackson introduces The Atlantic's Health Channel. A drug that wakes the near dead: A surprising drug has brought a kind of consciousness to patients once considered vegetative — and changed the debate over pulling the plug. The anti-mouse: Could a hairless African rodent be our secret weapon in the war on cancer?