From City Journal, Sol Stern on Hannah Arendt and the Origins of Israelophobia: The great antitotalitarian thinker was no friend to the Jewish state. Gabriel Piterberg on works of scholarship that have challenged the Zionist Israeli narrative of modern history. With Washington, D.C., talking Israeli politics, National Review Online asked experts: “Going into a presidential-election year, what’s a sane, responsible Israel policy?” From Moment, what does it mean to be pro-Israel today? John J. Mearsheimer, Martin Peretz, Peter Beinart, Amos Oz, Benny Morris, Caroline Glick and others share their opinions; and Gershom Gorenberg on how Israel’s democracy needs your help. The "Peace Process", a short history: Chronicling Israel and Palestine's path to becoming a catchphrase. The leftist Israeli magazine +972 wants to sound the alarm on a Jewish state it believes is destroying itself (and more). Abortions in Israel: Lilith reporters Elana Maryles Sztokman and L. Ariella Zeller demonstrate how a society's pro-natalist assumptions undercut women's control over their own bodies.
Wouter De Been and Sanne Taekema (EUR): What Piece of Work is Man? Frans De Waal and Pragmatist Naturalism. From Mythological Studies Journal, Emma Tresemer (PGI): The Underworld at the End of the Maze: Re-entering Pan’s Labyrinth. Why do governments routinely spend more on arms than on education and health? Dinyar Godrej on the influence of the arms trade and a sorry tendency to keep up with the Joneses (and more). Jonah Lehrer on the forgetting pill that erases painful memories forever. From Doublethink, Tate Watkins writes in praise of the bow tie. When libertarians go to work: When the Kochs wield their money at Cato, that’s hegemony — but when they do it in Wisconsin, that’s democracy. Barry Ritholtz on how lobbyists run Washington. Plug In Better — A Manifesto: The trick isn't to unplug from our devices, but to unplug from the distractions, information overload, and trash that make us unhappy. A look at the US military’s tests, conducted at their laboratories in Natick, Massachusetts, during the 1970s and 1980s, on fruitcake, the time-honored holiday comestible (and more).
The latest issue of the Journal of Applied Philosophy is free online. Bridging the analytic-continental divide: Disputes between the two camps of philosophy can turn ugly, but do they have something to gain from each other? Stuart Kauffman on the inadequacy of the empiricist tradition in Western philosophy. From IHE, is it time for the American Philosophical Association to be euthanized? Cheating death: Alex Byrne on philosophers pondering the afterlife. Philosophy is sometimes assumed to be a dry, academic subject but, in reality, is anything but. Colin McGinn on philosophy by another name: It might have made sense in the age of Pythagoras, but the word "philosophy" no longer applies — we need a new one. Schools of thought: Kids can astonish with the philosophical ideas they spontaneously have, but are they really able to follow through their implications systematically and logically? "It's a pretty obscure scandal, you probably haven't heard of it": Faux Philosophy News remixes stories from Leiter Reports and New APPS in the Horatian style popularized by the Onion.