The latest issue of Plato: The Internet Journal of the International Plato Society is now out. David Chalmers (ANU): Why Isn't There More Progress in Philosophy? From the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Andreas Vrahimis (Cyprus): "Was There a Sun Before Men Existed?": A. J. Ayer and French Philosophy in the Fifties. Do novels tell us anything about the ethical life that analytic philosophy cannot? Liam Burrell wonders. From 3:AM, Edouard Machery is a killer cool philosopher working on the cutting edge of interfaces between analytic philosophy, psychology, xphi and cognitive science; and David Papineau is still roving in the deep philosophical waters even though he knows that he’ll never know everything. Ben Laurence reviews Constructivism in Practical Philosophy. Julian Baggini interviews Daniel Dennett: “You can make Aristotle look like a flaming idiot”.
Emily Beaulieu (Kentucky): Political Parties and Perceptions of Election Fraud in the US. Race, intelligence, and genetics for curious dummies: Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews Neil Risch, author of "Assessing Genetic Contributions to Phenotypic Differences Among 'Racial' and 'Ethnic' Groups". Kimberley Fletcher reviews Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law by Margaret Jane Radin. Mary Valle reads some phenomenal material by an organization called National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Justin Fox on seven fun facts about corporate taxes. From ProPublica, Kim Barker and Justin Elliott on six facts lost in the IRS scandal. The president’s secret political philosophy is apparently rooted in seventeenth-century Rotterdam: Mark Schmitt reviews Out of Many, One: Obama and the Third American Political Tradition by Ruth O’Brien.
Engy Abdelkader (Penn): “Savagery” in the Subways: Anti-Muslim Ads, the First Amendment, and the Efficacy of Counterspeech. Seval Yildirim (Whittier): Global Tangles: Law, Headcoverings and Religious Identity. For years Saif Rahman has been an agnostic and an ex-Muslim activist — so why is he thinking of calling himself a cultural Muslim? From Big Think, Derek Beres on how to convert a Muslim to Jesus (or not). Two popes and a primate: David Brakke on the changing face of global Christianity. From The American Conservative, Andrew Doran on how the Iraq War became a war on Christians — and why supporting Syria's rebels may extinguish Christianity in its oldest environs (and more). Given that the 12 apostles were all of Middle Eastern origin, born round about the year 0, how come they all had common English names?
Jeremy Patrick (Southern Queensland): The Curious Persistence of Blasphemy: Canada and Beyond (Dissertation, April 2013). Jon Lovett on life lessons in fighting the culture of bullshit: What politics taught me that current graduates need to know. Hugo Schwyzer on how masturbation is at the root of the culture wars. David Sessions on the fascist history behind Dominique Venner’s suicide at Notre Dame. Unwittingly participating in the Panopticon: Anyone want to place a wager on how many months it will be after the XBox One is released before there's a "XBox Spying" scandal? It doesn’t matter whether it’s actually illegal — in fact, it’s actually worse because it’s probably legal. Politically, if not substantively, Obama’s speech represents a watershed moment: For the first time in the post-9/11 world, the domestic political threat in the war on terror comes from the left rather than the right.
From LRB, Thomas Jones reviews The Carbon Crunch: How We’re Getting Climate Change Wrong — and How to Fix It by Dieter Helm, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering by Clive Hamilton, and The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone. Scientists agree on climate change — so why doesn’t everyone else? The climate-change wars begin this summer: Jonathan Chait on how the big partisan fight of the summer will not be over scandals. Ramez Naam on seven reasons why China may be the world leader in fighting climate change. There are therapists who specialize in managing environmental anxiety, but you know what? Let me suffer — I’m not sure I deserve to be psychologically comfortable on this front.