Tom Porter (Manchester): The Limits of Background Justice. Matthew D. Adler (Duke): The Pigou-Dalton Principle and the Structure of Distributive Justice. You can download Arguing about Justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs (2011). From the Library of Law and Justice, Samuel Gregg on what is social justice; and responses by Eric Mack and David C. Rose. Catherine Lu reviews Enduring Injustice by Jeff Spinner-Halev. Michael Sandel and AC Grayling discuss markets, morals and justice. Thom Brooks kicks philosophy onto the global streets looking for justice. Mathias Risse reviews Global Justice and Territory by Cara Nine. Nele Kortendiek reviews Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crises, Policy by Manfred B. Steger, James Goodman and Erin K. Wilson. Paul Krugman on where the logic and evidence take you once you adopt a more or less Rawlsian view of social justice — which is exactly what Ben Bernanke did at Princeton.
Leslie Green (Oxford): The Morality in Law. Philosopher Colin McGinn to Leave U. of Miami in wake of misconduct allegations. Brian Leiter on the McGinn case and sexual harassment in academic philosophy. Colin McGinn on morality, reported speech, and “hand job”: A refutation. How the geography of U.S. immigration has changed over time: Back in 1992, most legal immigrants came from Latin America and Europe — nowadays, they tend to come from Asia and Africa. Michael Reeve on the hipster as the postmodern dandy: towards an extensive study. Nathan Deuel on Turkey before the crackdown: Recalling better times in Istanbul. A look at why efforts to bring extinct species back from the dead miss the point. Women politicians deserve more power to craft military policy: Molly Redden on why Tuesday's sexual assault hearing is proof that male veterans shouldn't have a monopoly on such matters.
Adam Lowther (Air) and Jan Kallberg (Texas): Nuclear Deterrence in a Second Obama Term. One world government and the war of tomorrow: In 1950, journalist Vincent Sheean argued that renouncing national sovereignty was the only way to prevent nuclear war. Ali Diskaya reviews Nuclear Weapons in the Information Age by Stephen J. Cimbala. Less is more: Elizabeth Pond on reducing American nuclear missile defense in Europe. On the tenth anniversary of America’s optional war, how ready would Americans be to nuke another country? New documents reveal how a 1980s nuclear war scare became a full-blown crisis. China, India and Pakistan have increased their nuclear weapons by about 10 warheads each in the past year, and other nuclear states appear set on maintaining their arsenals. Humanity imperiled: Noam Chomsky on nuclear weapons and the path to disaster.
Brian Z. Tamanaha (WUSTL): The Third Pillar of Jurisprudence: Social Legal Theory. From Evolutionary Psychology, Michael N. Pham, Todd K. Shackelford, Yael Sela, and Lisa L.M. Welling (Oakland): Is Cunnilingus-assisted Orgasm a Male Sperm-retention Strategy? In spite of what our history books might have taught us, it was the euthycarcinoids that first stepped foot on the “New World” — while giant slug-like mollusks slimed ashore and primitive crustaceans fed along the land/water's edge. Amateur historian John Paul Floyd proves “15th century map” that showed Vikings discovered America before Columbus is a fake. Seyla Benhabib on Turkey’s authoritarian turn. Daron Acemoglu on how development won’t ensure democracy in Turkey. The introduction to Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities by Anna Sun.
Daniel Golebiewski (CUNY): Because the Bible Says So: The Impact of Roman Catholic Doctrines on LGBT Rights. James Kalb on the idea of a Catholic society: What would it mean for society and its institutions, including government, to become Catholic? Contra Sirico: Robert Geroux on libertarianism and the American Catholic Church (and part 2 and part 3). William Peter Blatty, best known as author of the novel and film The Exorcist, says Georgetown is so insufficiently Catholic that Cardinal Donald Wuerl should either force changes or force the institution to stop calling itself Catholic. “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday”. Valerie Tarico on the alarming rise of Catholic hospitals. Ex-gay porn star Jake Floyd “Genesis” returns to Catholic Church. Robert Royal on The Catholic Thing at five.