The inaugural issue of the Women Philosophers' Journal is out. From Talking Philosophy, what does a philosopher look like? Here is Cynthia Freeland’s essay on Steve Pyke’s collection of photographs, Philosophers. Will Crouch on how to be a high impact philosopher. Alistair MacFarlane reveals paradoxes in the long life of Bertrand Russell. From Full Stop, an interview with Robert Paul Wolff; and an interview with Joshua Knobe, one of the founders of something called Experimental Philosophy, or XPhi (and more). From 3:AM magazine’s series on philosophers, interviews with Patricia Churchland; Katerina Deligiorgi; Kit Fine; Alan Gilbert; Pete Mandik; Eric Olson; Graham Priest; Mark Rowlands; and Kieran Setiya. The Greatest Fool That Ever Lived: James V. Schall reflects on the nature of philosophy, Stoicism, and the Incarnational view of life. Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher: He was one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, but few people consider him a thinker — that would be a mistake (and part 2 and part 3). A look at what philosophers do, in case you were wondering. Are the Stooges funny? A philosopher says “Soitanly!”
A new issue of Academic Leadership Journal is out. Mark A. Smith and Karen Schmidt (Northern Colorado): Teachers Are Making a Difference: Understanding the Influence of Favorite Teachers. Dangerous and disruptive or simply cutting class: When should schools kick kids to the curb? An interview with Jessie Klein, author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools. Do students need to learn lower-level factual and procedural knowledge before they can do higher-order thinking? Free Tanya McDowell: Why it is wrong to send a mother to prison for sending her son to a public school? Christopher Bonastia on why the racist history of the charter school movement is never discussed. Does preschool matter? Jonah Lehrer investigates. Zadie Smith on global school reporting without the wonk. What is the case against the Montessori educational approach? From the three Rs to the four Cs: William Crossman on radically redesigning K-12 education. The current state of the education reform movement has been referred to as the Civil Rights movement of our time — this description is certainly justified.
From Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, generalists, specialists, and others: An interview with George Scialabba. From The Common Review, Robert Boyers acknowledges the extent to which he has become — dreaded word — a realist; and a review of The Overloaded Liberal: Shopping, Investing, Parenting, and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism by Fran Hawthorne and Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times by Margaret K. Nelson. The geeks shall inherit the bars: A growing movement is trying to make socializing safe for the world’s nerds. From Comment, a review of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything by F.S. Michaels; and small is beautiful (except when it isn't): Even the most dedicated advocates of communitarian conservative values at some level realize that the flourishing they experience is, to a great extent, made possible by global markets. Several millennia ago, Aristotle asserted that man was different from the animals because only he had the gift of (thoughtful) speech; the cursing generation seems intent on erasing that distinction.
From Forbes, the biggest problem for gold and silver: Doomsday never comes. Apocalyptic Daze: Pascal Bruckner on how secular elites prophesy a doomsday without redemption. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism. Ross Andersen on how we're underestimating the risk of human extinction. Countdown to the man-made apocalypse: Should the “Doomsday Clock” be moved ahead because of threats from biotechnology? Twenty-two percent of Americans think the world will end in their lifetime. Scott Cheshire on Armageddon, the other American Dream. Living in the end times: Why American writers are obsessed with apocalypse. How apocalyptic thinking prevents us from taking political action: While Americans take comfort in shows predicting disaster and myths about the end of the world, the real debate over climate change has stalled. Apocalypse Soon: Has civilization passed the environmental point of no return? How to prepare for catastrophe: How can I prepare for sudden dramatic changes to our civilization which may leave me or my family without the means to support ourselves? Vernor Vinge is optimistic about the collapse of civilization.
From Humanitas, Walter A. McDougall (Penn): The Challenge Confronting Conservatives: Sustaining a Republic of Hustlers (and responses by Michael P. Federici and Richard M. Gamble and a reply). Cosimo Magazzino (Roma Tre): The Economic Policy of Ronald Reagan: Between Supply-Side and Keynesianism. Landon Schnabel (Andrews): Whatever Happened to the Christian Coalition? A Sociohistorical Content Analysis of the Contract with the American Family and the Republican Party Platform. Ed Kilgore on why the Christian Right doesn't care that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. From Christianity Today, a review of The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism by Jeffrey Bell; and Amy E. Black on the cure for election madness: How to be political without losing your soul. Jason Stahl on historicizing the conservative think tank. Jonathan Cohn on the blind spot in Romney's economic plan. Emperor of no: How anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist rose from Weston to Washington. From New York, Frank Rich on how conservative donors are buying this presidential election; and the GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women. A new e-book from Philip Klein, an unusually forthright conservative, advises the right on how it can avoid the mistakes of 2001 to 2008.
A new issue of Public Diplomacy is out. Kaarina Maatta and Satu Uusiautti (Lapland): Love and Play: Are They the Same? From Cato Journal, a special issue on monetary reform in the wake of crisis. Oprah Winfrey and OWN on the Ropes: Chicago's former media queen is struggling to save the network that bears her name — how things went so wrong and how Oprah is handling the career challenge of her life. PC Wars Redux: Why are millennials re-litigating the political correctness fights of the 90s? Richard Dawkins on why he wants all our children to read the King James Bible. What are the core competences of high finance? (a) Finding fools for counterparties and (b) evading regulations/disguising gambling as hedging. Over steak and fries Cornel West, the professor of African-American studies and religion, talks about losing faith with Obama. Do you assholes realize that Vice has been putting out the magazine every 30 days for something like 40 years now? Here's another one, on weirdness. From Harper’s, killing the competition: Barry C. Lynn on how the new monopolies are destroying open markets.
From Gelf, if you're at all familiar with Dave Zirin's work, you already know what the man is going to say — it will be passionate, it will be thought-provoking, and it will be anything but the conventional sports conversation. A review of Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball by Rebecca T. Alpert. An interview with Mary Louise Adams, author of Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport. Is cage fighting ethical for Christians? The first chapter from Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football by Wayne L. Winston. The Dilettantes of the PGA: David Macaray on why golf is a pussy game. Soccer's heavy boredom: It's true — mostly nothing happens, so why do we keep watching? People who identify themselves as sports fans tend to have lower rates of depression and higher self-esteem than those who don’t. Should college football be banned? According to the crowd at the final Slate/Intelligence Squared live debate, the answer is definitively: yes (and more by Buzz Bissinger).
A new issue of The Journal of Pan African Studies is out. A new issue of Africa Review of Books is out. Ethel E. Idialu (Ambrose Alli): The Inhuman Treatment of Widows in African Communities. From Inkanyiso, L.E. Mayoyo, P.J. Potgieter, and J.M. Ras (Zululand): Fear of Crime and the Role of the Police. "In 10 years' time, Ghana may not require any aid at all": Ghana is one of Africa's great successes. A revolution deferred: So why did Kinshasa not have its Tahrir moment? How to defuse sub-Saharan Africa's population bomb: The fate of global population growth rests largely on the fortunes of Africa — it's not too late to ensure a stable future. When 25-year-old Valentine Strasser seized power in Sierra Leone in 1992, he became the world’s youngest head of state; today he lives with his mother and spends his days drinking gin by the roadside — what went wrong? A review of African Conflicts and Informal Power: Big Men and Networks. There has never been such a prolific output of books about rock art in southern Africa, both academic and popular, as in the past few years. Kony 2012? Don't worry everyone, Africa has a new hero.
Steffen Bohm and Chris Land (Essex) and Armin Beverungen (Leuphana): The Value of Marx: Free Labour, Rent and “Primitive” Accumulation in Facebook. From Chronicles, should speculative bankers be put to death? Srdja Trifkovic wonders. Want to end partisan politics? Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein on what won’t work — and what will. Joshua E. Keating on the 10 TED Talks they should have censored. Godwin alert: Liberals have been screaming “conspiracy theory” for so long that they can’t recognize a conspiracy even when it’s killing them. Erik Loomis on a typical day in the coal industry. How did genocide denial become a doctrine of the internationalist left? George Monbiot investigates (and more on expert assessments of genocide and more on his correspondence with Noam Chomsky). Yes Virginia, the middle is getting screwed: The conservative meme of the moment on income inequality is that the middle class isn't getting screwed at all. When did my eyebrows go rogue? Scott Feschuk is getting to be middle -aged, but still waiting for the wisdom and insight to kick — first in an occasional series.
Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer (Amsterdam): The Fallacy of Continuity, on the References to Aristotle in Arendt and Agamben. Blair McDonald (TRU): To Do What One Ought to Do: Reconsidering Heidegger's Thesis: "The Animal Is Poor in World". A new issue of Cultural Studies Review is out, including Stephen Muecke (UNSW): Motorcycles, Snails, Latour: Criticism without Judgement; and Timothy Laurie (Sydney) and Hannah Stark (Tasmania): Reconsidering Kinship: Beyond the Nuclear Family with Deleuze and Guattari. From the inaugural issue of Materiali Foucaultiani, Amedeo Policante (London): Foucault, Subjectivity and Flight: Witchcraft, Possession and the Resistance of the Flesh. From Foucault Studies, a special issue on Foucault and race. You can download for free The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault by Mark Kelly. A review of Foucault: His Thought, His Character by Paul Veyne. From the the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a symposium on Longing for the Other: Levinas and Metaphysical Desire by Drew M. Dalton. A review of Postcolonial Tourism: Literature, Culture, and Environment by Anthony Carrigan.