Hanako Koyama (Shinshu): Representing Oneself. Murray S. Y. Bessette (Morehead State): On the Genesis and Nature of Judicial Power. John Werner (UC-Davis): Sexual Healing: Grounding Eros, Social Attachment, and the Perfectionist Impulse. Bjorn Ostbring (Lund): David Hume and Contemporary Realism in Political Theory. Michale Sevel (Sydney): Hobbes: Patriarch of Legal Positivism, or Reinventor of Natural Law? Hobbes defanged: A review of The Platonian Leviathan by Leon Harold Craig. Robert Talisse interviews Paul Weithman, author of Why Political Liberalism? On John Rawls’s Political Turn. Daniel Viehoff reviews of Insurrection and Intervention: The Two Faces of Sovereignty by Ned Dobos. Here are sample chapters from Political Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century: Essential Essays, ed. Steven M. Cahn and Robert B. Talisse. Three political essays by Edmund Burke have been discovered by historian Richard Bourke. Ben Boychuk reviews The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century, ed. Roger Kimball. Harvey C. Mansfield on what political philosophy has to say about elections.
A new issue of Catalyst is out. Simon Springer (Otago): Neoliberalising Violence: Of the exceptional and the Exemplary in Coalescing Moments. Abel Brodeur (PSE): Why Are Donkeys So Unhappy? From CUP, an interview with Victor S. Navasky and Evan Cornog, editors of The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry; Robert Gottlieb on editing at Knopf versus The New Yorker; and Michael Kelly on writing for Playboy and what it taught him about magazines. David Gordon reviews Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly Wrong by Thomas Nagel. Megan Gambino interviews Steven Johnson, author of Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age. Pipe dreamer: Could Gary Johnson’s turn as a pro-legalization Libertarian swing the presidential election? Legal thought in Enlightenment's wake: Jeffrey A. Pojanowski reviews The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse by Stephen D. Smith. From Rolling Stone, an interview with comix stars Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware and Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez on cartooning, bullying and Scarlett Johansson.
James O. Barbre (Indiana): History Texts: A Potential Vehicle for Social Justice. From TLS, so-called big history has been inhospitable to the questions of meaning and intention so central to intellectual history – isn’t it time for a reconciliation? A review of Making History: The Historian and the Uses of the Past by Jorma Kalela. From Social Evolution Forum, Peter Turchin on psychohistory and cliodynamics. An interview with James M. Banner, Jr., author of Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History. Scott McLemee reviews Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back. From The Fortnightly Review, Ricardo Duchesne on the Faustian impulse and European exploration. A review of Presenting History: Past and Present by Peter J. Beck. Human cycles, history as science: Advocates of “cliodynamics” say that they can use scientific methods to illuminate the past — but historians are not so sure (and more). From Dissent, Timothy Shenk on Eric Hobsbawm and the limits of Marxism (and more and more and more and more).
I. Bennett Capers (Brooklyn): Real Women, Real Rape. The U.S. Air Force just released today a jaw-droppingly impressive, fast-paced video on accelerating change, “Welcome to 2035: The Age of Surprise”. Harvey E. Whitney, Jr. translates a few overused and misleading sociopolitical phrases. From The New Yorker, super-rich irony: Why do billionaires feel victimized by Obama? Chrystia Freeland wants to know. American politics has gone gaga for poll numbers — while polling pros feel less and less certain about the methodology behind the madness; some days even Nate Silver is left scratching his head. From Standpoint, Karen Horn on free markets, anarchy, ideology and utopia: The backlash against neoliberalism has revived anti-capitalist conspiracy theories — those under attack must not behave like a sect. Tolkien and law: Jonathan A. Watson on the relationship between themes found in Aquinas's "Summa Theologica" and Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". It started with a conversation that became a manifesto that became a book that became a festival that became a movement; three years on the Dark Mountain Project is still hard to define.
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel (SJSU): War is the Health of the State: The Impact of Military Defense on the History of the United States. From Society and Space, a mini forum on militarism. League of Gentlemen: Well-bred military officers of the 17th and 18th centuries often had more in common with enemies than they did with allies. Coasting: Was the U.S. Navy really better in 1917? Gregg Zoroya on how war might be making young bodies old. Sarah Lawrence, with guns: Former West Point professor Anthony Galluzzo on teaching literature at the nation’s most prestigious military academy. Why was Navy adviser Gwenyth Todd stripped of her career? Gone are the days of the all-American army hero — these days, the US military is more like a sanctuary for racists, gang members and the chronically unfit. Is stigma against servicemembers hindering hiring? Quackery and mumbo-jumbo in the U.S. military: Cupping, moxibustion, and battlefield acupuncture are endangering troops. Here is the first edition of the Army Times interactive deployment map. If you're surfing the Internet and happen to land on The Duffel Blog, don't do what the folks at Gizmodo and Yell! did and believe anything you read.