Ori J. Herstein (Cornell): Defending the Right to Do Wrong. Francesco Orsi (Tartu): Sidgwick and the Morality of Purity. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Self-Sacrifice and the Trolley Problem. From Emergent Australasian Philosophers, Michael Lopresto (Adelaide): The Ethics of Belief; and Samuel Green (Monash): Morality is not Good. Michael Ruse on a Darwinian approach to moral philosophy. From The Philosopher, a review of The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life. A review of of A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc Ferry. From The Philosophers' Magazine, a review of The Ethical Project by Philip Kitcher; a review of Ethics for a Broken World: Imagining Philosophy after Catastrophe by Tim Mulgan; and a mountain worth climbing? Adam Ferner on what the critics say about On What Matters by Derek Parfit. A review of Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry by Jonathan Wolff. Mark Vernon on Alasdair MacIntyre and the return of virtue ethics. An interview with NYU’s Japa Pallikkathayil on morality and politics. If nature doesn’t give any morally satisfying answer to the question “what is the purpose, function, or end of a human life?” does that mean that only tradition can do so?
A new issue of the New School Economic Review is out. A review of Power, Inc: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government — and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead by David Rothkopf. From Foreign Policy, supercitizens and semistates: David Rothkopf on the global elites that really run the world (and more). 5-star hotels in 1-star countries: Enjoy your stay at the Serena Hotels, where plush lodgings meet deadly warzones. From Transcript, a special issue on Malta. Non-Monogamy: A surprising perspective from a Muslim matchmaking service. A review of The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics by Thomas Edsall (and more). Simon Blackburn reviews Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives by Jesse Prinz. From Governing, when teams leave, what do you do with the stadium? Hemispheric Strangers: Despite many similarities between Canada and Brazil, their relationship has a long way to go. Outlook meets a few eunuchs who have tried to assimilate and lead normal lives despite being perceived as “anomalous”.
David L Eng (Penn), Teemu Ruskola (Emory) and Shuang Shen (Penn State): China and the Human. From the Journal of Democracy, Larry Diamond (Stanford): China and East Asian Democracy: The Coming Wave; and Yun-han Chu (NTU): China and East Asian Democracy: The Taiwan Factor. The Chinese state at work: Christopher Kutarna on the One-Child Policy in restrospect. How does China enforce its One-Baby Policy? For Twin Cities-based Chinese artist Meng Tang, the personal is political. China’s imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo asks what a TV miniseries can teach us about the direction of the new China. Is China still a developing country? From LRB, Perry Anderson reviews books on China. David Warsh on translating the Chinese experience: It’s time to sort through the steadily accumulating shelf of books. Richard Wolin on a recent trip to China: “This place is more American than America”. From Migration Information Source, a special issue on migration in the modern Chinese world. Atlas Obscura visits Hong Kong cage homes: Appalling and degrading form of low-income housing in one of Asia's richest cities. What's in a surname? New study explores what the evolution of names reveals about China.