From Philosophy and Public Issues, a special issue on political liberalism vs. liberal perfectionism. Enzo Rossi (Wales): Legitimacy, Democracy and Public Justification: Rawls’ Political Liberalism vs Gaus’ Justificatory Liberalism. John P. Clark (Loyola): The Third Concept of Liberty: Theorizing the Free Community. Michael Vincent (Queensland): The Language of Ideal and Nonideal. You can download Enlightenment Liberalism and the Challenge of Pluralism by Matthew Jones (PhD thesis). From CRB, Ken Masugi interviews James V. Schall, S.J. on what political philosophy is. Micah Schwartzman reviews Against Obligation: The Multiple Sources of Authority in a Liberal Democracy by Abner Greene. Andy Merrifield on the citizens’ agora and the new urban question: What would Rousseau, who penned his classic Discourse on Inequality in 1755, have made of things today?
From IHE, Zack Budryk interviews Reynaldo Reyes, author of Learning the Possible: Mexican American Students Moving from the Margins of Life to New Ways of Being. Yi Yang interviews Scott Korb, author of Light Without Fire: The Making of America’s First Muslim College (and more on Zaytuna College). Unsexing the hallowed halls of academia: Why are academics in movies invariably men — is there something masculine about scholarship or good writing, and will we ever manage to degender rationality itself? We are diluting the value of the baccalaureate degree by only introducing our students to a small part of the world in which they live. Peter Augustine Lawler on the big divide showing up between conservative and libertarian criticisms of higher education. Felix Salmon on the tragedy of US higher education (and more). Dylan Matthews on how colleges are wooing the rich and sticking the poor with the bill. Laptop U: Has the future of college moved online?
JoAnne Sweeny (Louisville): History of Adultery and Fornication Criminal Laws. Better read than red: Infuriating and brilliant, the New Statesman turns 100. From The University Bookman, Pedro Blas Gonzalez on human nature, allegory, and truth in Plato’s Republic (and part 2). 4,000 years of oaths, curses, and obscenity: Melissa Mohr examines the power of swearing — and what our worst curses say about us. From New English Review, Norman Berdichevsky on Oriana Fallaci, woman of valor; and must we burn Derrida? Mark Gullick wonders. Jason Weidemann on what university presses do. Asya Pereltsvaig on the Karaites: Who are they, and where do they live? In 1978, at age eighteen, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Living, a frugal-living book that made her briefly famous amid an infamous economy; then she went off the grid in the most unexpected of ways — she went mainstream.
Gabriella Blum (Harvard): The Individualization of War: From Collectivism to Individualism in the Regulation of Armed Conflicts. Tim Stevens (King's College): Apocalyptic Visions: Cyber War and the Politics of Time. Ashley Deeks (Virginia): The Geography of Cyber Conflict: Through a Glass Darkly. Should we fear attacks triggered by computer? Shashank Joshi reviews Cyber War Will Not Take Place by Thomas Rid. Cyber attacks are America's top security threat — that’s better news than it sounds. Rosa Brooks on why sticks and stones will beat our drones: The persistent dangers of low-tech warfare. After COIN's Waterloo: An interview with Fred Kaplan, author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War. Why can't America win a war these days? Inside America's dirty wars: An excerpt from Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill. Uwe Steinhoff reviews Cosmopolitan War by Cecile Fabre.
Jessie M. Hohmann (Queen Mary): The True Radicalism of the Right to Housing. From Mobilizing Ideas, on the intersection of social movements, the political sphere, and science: A symposium on the politics of science. A small victory for democracy: Issac Chotiner on Pakistan's surprisingly hopeful election. Leon Neyfakh on bringing back the United States of Pork: When we threw out earmarks, did we lose the key to breaking down Washington gridlock? You can download Phenomenology and Eschatology: Not Yet in the Now, ed. Neal De Roo and John Panteleimon Manoussakis (2009). From io9, what will human cultures be like in 100 years? The first chapter from Making Human Rights a Reality by Emilie M. Hafner-Burton. Chris Balogh on Gibsontown, where carnies for to get away from civilians. Glenn McDonald on the pleasures and perils of showbinging.
Govind Persad (Stanford): What Marriage Law Can Learn from Citizenship Law (and Vice Versa). Wes Vernon reviews The ObamaCare Survival Guide: The Affordable Care Act and What It Means for You and Your Healthcare by Nicholas J. Tate. Katherine Stewart on the rightwing donors who fuel America's culture wars: In general, US public opinion is trending liberal — not that you'd know it from state legislatures bought by conservative dollars. Is revolution coming to the U.S.? They tend to come in waves, triggered by wars and anti-system protests — it can happen here. There's no such thing as the liberal war on science: Michael Shermer argues that when it comes to not believing in science, Dems and Republicans are created equal — here's why he's wrong. You might call them the Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Preparing for an economic or political collapse of the world as we know it is no longer reserved for paranoids living in flyover states who stockpile canned goods.
Joanni L. Sailor (Cameron): A Phenomenological Study of Falling Out of Romantic Love. Mike Konczal on thinking Utopian: How about a universal basic income? Judith Shulevitz on the lethality of loneliness: For the first time in history, we understand how isolation can ravage the body and brain — now, what should we do about it? The Great Language Change Hoax: Deniers of global warming, the big bang, and evolution have a new target: language change. From The Jury Expert, are there glasses that make you look more competent and trustworthy? Luke McDonagh reviews The Constitutionalization of the Global Corporate Sphere? by Grahame F. Thompson. An apostrophe catastrophe: Paul Lukas on how the rise of the "smart quote" heralded typographic doom for the humble apostrophe. Ollie Cussen reviews The Enlightenment, and Why It Still Matters by Anthony Pagden.
From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on the hell of American day care: An investigation into the barely regulated, unsafe business of looking after our children (and more on the the national day-care law that wasn't); and raising children requires outsourcing: All parents do it, whether they realize it or not. Young children — even toddlers — are spending more and more time with digital technology; what will it mean for their development? Selling creativity to America’s kids: Why did we become obsessed with fostering childhood play? Look to the Cold War, says Amy Ogata. Marshall Poe interviews Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Science can now forecast the health risks of children before they are born — are we ready for that knowledge? "Tiger Mom” study shows the parenting method doesn’t work. Why should a discussion of children end up as a discussion of property rights? Noah Berlatsky wants to know.
From Slate’s “Superman” series, David Plotz on building a better you: How you'll become stronger, faster, smarter; Will Oremus on the age of enhancement: Technology is starting to give us superpowers once reserved for comic-book heroes; if science gives people superpowers, will they use them for good or evil?; and the ethics of enhancement: We can make ourselves stronger, faster, smarter — should we?; and you are already enhanced: Everyday technologies give us superpowers that would make our ancestors wonder if we’re entirely human. When did the transhuman era begin; indeed, has it begun or is it an event that is yet to occur? Extropia DaSilva investigates. Steven Levy on how Ray Kurzweil will help Google make the ultimate AI brain. Science fiction authors decide: Is artificial intelligence a threat to humanity? Kevin Drum on how smart machines probably won't kill us all — but they'll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think.