A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out. From the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, a special issue on Wittgenstein and Pragmatism. From Leiter Reports, what does it take to be the best philosophy department in the English-speaking world? From 3:AM, Anne Jaap Jacobson is the neurofeminist philosofunskster whose mind is setting fire to the boys’ club and putting the academy straight whilst doing edgy work in the philosophy of mind; and Joshua Alexander is a funky philosopher from the x-phi mothership, burning his armchair and flying into a future where philosophy is cosmopolitan. What can we learn from Plato about the financial crisis? Helen A. Fielding reviews Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn by Dorothea E. Olkowski. Could philosophy (or other disciplines) be improved by letting those outside the discipline play a role in judging its work? Robert Frodeman, J. Britt Holbrook and Adam Briggle consider the possibilities. Aaron Preston reviews A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: from Russell to Rawls by Stephen P. Schwartz. Must philosophers be parents? Justin E. H. Smith wonders. Is there a problem of counterfactual philosophers? Massimo Pigliucci wants to know. For a better society, teach philosophy in high schools.


A new issue of the Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security is out. Douglas L. Rogers (OSU): After Prometheus, Are Human Genes Patentable Subject Matter? John M. Kelley and Rebecca A. Malouf (Endicott): Blind Dates and Mate Preferences: An Analysis of Newspaper Matchmaking Columns. Lars G. Tummers, Brenda Vermeeren, Bram Steijn and V.J.J.M. Bekkers (EUR): Public Professionals and Policy Implementation: Conceptualizing and Measuring Three Types of Role Conflicts. Oliver Burkeman on why stereotypes are bad even when they're “good”. From TLS, a review essay on Alan Turing by Michael Saler. From the Beyond Stone and Bone blog at archeology.org, Heather Pringle on how Henry VIII’s racy sex life turned her into an archaeological writer; a look at the top five archaeological bloggers; and could Google Earth help us stop looting? Steve Donoghue reviews Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-Francois Champollion by Andrew Robinson. AL.com is running an online Alabama-Notre Dame Pop Culture Championship, in which they determine how the two universities stack up against one another not on the gridiron, but in the fields of television, movies and books.


Andrew Clapham (Geneva Academy): The General Assembly. Benoit Frydman (ULB): A Pragmatic Approach to Global Law. Andre Luiz Siciliano (Sao Paulo): The Role of the Universalization of Human Rights and Migration in the Formation of a New Global Governance. Steven Colatrella (John Cabot): In Our Hands Is Placed a Power: Austerity, Worldwide Strike Wave, and the Crisis of Global Governance. Johan Karlsson Schaffer (Oslo): The Stability of a Cosmopolitan Political Order: Between Federalism and Functionalism. From Cadmus, John Scales Avery (Copenhagen): Federalism and Global Governance; James Ranney (Widener): World Peace Through Law: Rethinking an Old Theory; and John Burroughs (Rutgers): How Reliance on Nuclear Weapons Erodes and Distorts International Law and Global Order. George Dvorsky wonders. Erik Voeten reviews Governing the World: The History of an Idea by Mark Mazower. Should we be worried about global quasi-constitutionalization? Grahame Thompson investigates. From The American Interest, Adam Garfinkle on conservative principles of world order. Alex Kane on the 5 dumbest Right-wing conspiracy theories about the United Nations.


A new issue of Surveillance and Society is out. Xia Yanping (HIE): Memetic Study on Number Three. From Tablet, after 25 years, the CIA has declassified documents that show Jonathan Pollard never spied on the U.S. for Israel; and can an unlikely alliance of renegade rabbis and right-wing politicians strip the ultra-Orthodox of their power? From Moment, Yagil Levy on Israel’s new hierarchy of death: Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrahi, Israeli, Gazan — whose life is least valuable?; and why can’t we show empathy for the Palestinians? From Conservative Battleline, ObamaCare may be the law, but the ObamaCare Resistance Movement has begun. A great example of capitalism with a human face — with a beard, even! — is Garry Kvistad, founder and proprietor of Woodstock Chimes. The introduction to The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy, ed. Eldar Shafir. From The American Reader, Jonathon Kyle Sturgeon reviews The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance Franco “Bifo” Berardi. America's real criminal element: New research finds lead (Pb) is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic — and fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.


A new issue of Sojourners is out. From H-Net, Michael Brenes reviews Piety and Public Funding: Evangelicals and the State in Modern America by Axel R. Schafer; and Kathleen Hladky reviews The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens and Karl Giberson. Matthew Engelke reviews When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by T.M. Luhrmann. Justin Wilford on his book Sacred Subdivisions: The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism. America's favorite preacher: Joel Osteen’s smile is as big as Texas, and so is his following. Why does it matter if America is a religious country? From The Humanist, Rob Boston reviews Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All — And What We Can Do About It by Sean Faircloth; and is this the beginning of the end for the religious right? John Dickerson on the decline of Evangelical America. Religion itself needs redemption; in the Occupy movement, its potent ideals and traditions of resistance are resurrected. The year that was: A look at major church-state developments from 2012.

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