Alex Schwartz (Queen's): Authority, Nationality, and Minorities: A Post-Razian View. Stavros Tsakyrakis (Athens): Total Freedom: The Morality of Proportionality. Daniela Cammack (Harvard): Aristotle on the Virtue of the Multitude. Stephanie Martens (Alberta): Aboriginal Imaginary, State of Nature, and Modern Subjectivity: The Example of Hobbes's Leviathan. Fred Eidlin (Charles): On the Non-Existent Theory of the Open Society and the Continuing Relevance of Popper's Political Thought. Is Straussianism all wrong, everywhere, all the time? The optimistic agonist: Nick Pearce interviews Bonnie Honig, author of Antigone, Interrupted. Jason Brennan is a new kickin’ kid on the block of political philosophy. Is individual liberty over-rated? David Berreby wonders. Cass Sunstein reviews Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism by Sarah Conly (and more).
Holly Davis (Edinburgh): Defining “Pimp”: Working Towards a Definition in Social Research. With media attention for people like Nate Silver and Hans Rosling, some are now able to name at least one statistician, but, stepping it up a level, could you name a female statistician? Kevin Roose on five charts that matter more than the Dow. Beyond the First Law of Petropolitics: Daniele J. Atzori on the relationships between oil and autocracy. Sometimes Isaiah Berlin felt like a fox, sometimes he felt like a hedgehog: Robert Zaretsky on the 60th anniversary of the philosopher's influential essay. Dinesh D'Souza's new film to answer “What if America never existed?” The FBI announces that it has identified the thieves who stole paintings valued at an estimated $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990.
From Big Questions Online, are we born with belief in God? There's something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical — but it isn't actually their belief in God. Neal DeRoo reviews Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion: Toward a Religion with Religion. Ronald Dworkin on religion without God. From New English Review, Richard L. Rubenstein on God after the death of God. From Political Theology, from political myth to imperial monotheisms: Roland Boer on transitions in the sacred economy. Bob Cornwall reviews Do We Worship the Same God? Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue. What are Catholics to do? The world goes its own way without much regard for the Church, because it has very little regard for truth — that is to say, for reality. Hotter than all the Fifty Shades in the World: Megan Hill on how God's design for marital romance provides the "tension" for sustained passion.
Jenny Hockey, Rachel Dilley, Victoria Robinson and Alexandra Sherlock (Sheffield): Worn Shoes: Identity, Memory and Footwear. From Marx and Philosophy Review of Books, Patrick Ainley reviews Dead Man Working by Carl Cederstrom and Peter Fleming; and Sean T. Murphy reviews Work: A Critique by Steven Peter Vallas. A bat in a jar: Elke Weesjes on wet specimen and the history of the curiosity cabinet. John A. Tirpak on the Syria Question: An air war would likely be tougher there than what the US saw in Serbia or Libya. Pamela Haag on women's sexual consent, under attack. Jonathan Chait on the GOP’s smart plan to avoid change (and more and more). Barton Swaim reviews Is God Happy? by Leszek Kolakowski. Former megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rob Bell has come out in support of same-sex marriage.
Iraq 10 years later: David Corn on the deadly consequences of spin. Marches of Folly: Did we learn anything from Iraq? Paul Krugman wonders. Seymour M. Hersh on Iraq, ten years later: What about the Constitution? A study finds the Iraq war cost U.S. more than $2 trillion. Way worse than a dumb war: Phyllis Bennis on Iraq ten years later. John Judis on what it was like to oppose the Iraq War in 2003. Bill Bigelow on how not to teach about the Iraq War. James Fallows on how we thought, and think, about Iraq. Harvey Sapolsky on Iraq: The mistake was staying. Why can't Americans make up their minds about the Iraq war? Nearly two-thirds of us thought the war was a mistake five years ago — now barely half do. Could Twitter have prevented the Iraq War? The conflict might not have become a fait accompli if the mainstream media was forced to answer for its mistakes.
Timothy M. Devinney (UTS), Pat Auger (Melbourne), and Rosalind De Sailly (UTS): What Matters to Americans: Social, Economic and Political Values. Katerina Linos and Kimberly Twist (UC-Berkeley): Can the Supreme Court Change Americans' Views? Comparing Experimental and Observational Methods. Science confirms the obvious — Americans are selfish: We're less motivated to do something challenging if it benefits the common good. Happiness means being just rushed enough: The image of the increasingly time-crunched American is wrong — and being less rushed does not always mean being happier. David S. F. Portree on the purpose of the United States. President Obama wants America to be like Germany — what does that really mean? Mount Reagan: Why do Americans name mountains after presidents?
Mehrsa Baradaran (Georgia): Banking and the Social Contract. What does a smart person do at CPAC? Follow Derek Khanna, the GOP wunderkind that the House Republicans were too stupid to keep around. What can we learn from human sacrifice? Eli Dourado wants to know. Christie Aschwanden on the curious lives of the people who feel no fear. The neglected roots of Europe’s slide to authoritarianism: Dear reader, will you please read the following ten quotations and, while so doing, try to imagine who uttered or wrote these words? (and more) Washington's creepiest cartoonist is actually a sweet 73-year-old Texan retiree: Meet Michael McCutcheon, the man who draws everyone he sees on C-SPAN for fun. James Fallows on “false equivalence”: Where it came from. NYU's Arts and Sciences faculty vote no confidence in President John Sexton.
From Christianity Today, Ruth Moon on why Pope Francis excites (most) evangelical leaders: Bergoglio expected to focus on poverty and set a friendlier tone in Protestant-Catholic relations. Is Pope Francis a fraud? After a right-wing coup crushed the reforms of Vatican II, one scholar says the last two popes are illegitimate (and more). When Pope Francis testified about the “dirty war”, what did he know? From Verdict, a new pope, a new beginning for clergy child sex abuse survivors? Marci Hamilton on on why it’s unlikely. This isn't the first time we've heard the new pope will be a reformer. Bigger than you think: Frank Jacobs on the Vatican and its annexes. How rich is the Catholic Church? Nobody really knows, because religious groups don’t need to follow regular accounting and disclosure rules. David Von Drehle on National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen Jr., the man who picked the pope.
Aysun Ozkose (Karabuk): The Bathing Tradition in Anatolia. From The Weekly Standard, who is Thomas Nagel and why are so many of his fellow academics condemning him? Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson on Hilary Putnam, a philosopher in the age of science. Noam Chomsky talks to John McDermott about Chavez, Obama and the link between activism and academia. John Brennan in grad school: Destroying democracy helps save it. From National Defense, services can't be selfish if military is to succeed, says Air Force planner. What about Rob Portman’s daughter? Irin Carmon on why Republicans' new empathy on gays and immigration won't extend to reproductive rights. End of points: The wine points system might not go as quietly as Robert Parker, Jr. Why politicians pursue austerity policies that never work: Henry Farrell reviews Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth.
Georg Erber (DIW Berlin): Towards a New Theory of Value? From the Journal of Australian Political Economy, a special issue on capital against capitalism: New research in Marxist political economy. Enrico C. Perotti (Amsterdam): The Political Economy of Finance. From Renewal, a review essay on histories of debt by James Stafford. John Gray reviews The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future by Geoff Mulgan. From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles — the future looks like a rough ride. Morning Jo(k)e: Joe Scarborough and the Beltway austerians think Nobelist Paul Krugman is a nut — really, Joe? Eric Schliesser on when Larry Summers was just an Imperialist Economist and a footnote to Derrida. Tyler Cowen on the cosmopolitan and civil libertarian core of economics. What happened to Econ 101? Richard C. Longworth wonders.