Matt Lamkin (Stanford): Cognitive Enhancements and the Values of Higher Education. From Expositions, a special issue on ethics education. Jenny Davis on how the legitimacy and usefulness of academic blogging will shape how intellectualism develops. Academic journals have also come under attack recently, from scholars who charge that they are too quick to publish flashy, headline-generating results, which ultimately end up being disproven. David Rosen reviews Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom and the Anti-Communist Purge by Marjorie Heins. Should everyone go to college? Mike LaBossiere wonders. Margaret Foster on college’s raison d’etre: British literature or software engineering? No-confidence: Rebecca Nathanson on John Sexton and what kind of university we want NYU to be. NYU neatly embodies everything wrong with higher education in America. Two-thirds of college students think they’re going to change the world.
Alberto Asquer (SOAS): The Governance of Big Data: Perspectives and Issues. From The Jury Expert, Nathan Weber (Flinders) and Tim Perfect (Plymouth): Why Telling a Witness That It’s OK to Say They Don’t Know Is Good for Justice. Marshall Poe interviews Prasannan Parthasarathi, author of Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850. From The American Scholar, John V. Fleming, author of The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, on what’s to be gained today by studying the Age of Reason; and Pacifique Irankunda on playing at violence: Having grown up amid the horrors of Burundi’s civil war, a young man is bewildered by the American lust for warlike video games. Jim Pasztor on moral hazard and dangers to market stability. A note to Turkey’s prime minister, among others: Winning elections is not enough. Matt Shea on uncovering the "truth" among the conspiracy theorists at the 2013 Bilderberg Fringe Festival.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Practical Ethics: A Journal of Philosophy, Applied to the Real World is now out. Henrik Lundberg (Gothenburg): Philosophical Thought and Its Existential Basis: The Sociologies of Philosophy of Randall Collins and Pierre Bourdieu. Erik Angner (George Mason): Is Empirical Research Relevant to Philosophical Conclusions? From 3:AM, Joel David Hamkins is a maths/logic hipster, melting the logic/maths hive mind with ideas that stalk the same wild territory as Frege, Tarski, Godel, Turing and Cantor; and Jennifer Lackey is the rootin’ tootin’ jive falutin’ philosopher of testimony and social epistemology. David Wall reviews Constructing the World by David J. Chalmers. Philosophy is a big tent kind of thing: There is a world of difference between being philosophical, being a proper philosopher, and being a professional philosopher. Name five women in philosophy — bet you can't: Tania Lombrozo on the mysterious underrepresentation of women in philosophy.
A new issue of The Atlantic Monthly is out. Dunja Larise (Science Po): State, Democracy and Ethnicity in Global Political Economy. Bouncing back may be tough, but so are we. Alison Bass reviews The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg and Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Allen Frances. From Culture Wars, Alexander Zubatov on the ascendancy of the ass-backwards masses and how we can still turn it around. An excerpt from If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic by Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White. From Political Theology, welcome to the Desert of the Real, once more. Political motivation and piracy: Douglas Guilfoyle on what history doesn’t teach us about law. From Five Books, an interview with Gideon Rachman on the world since 1978.
Chad R. Carlson (Eastern Illinois): The Reality of Fantasy Sports: A Metaphysical and Ethical Analysis. Andre Douglas Pond Cummings (Indiana Tech): Junior Seau, Head Trauma, and the NFL's Concussion Problem. With the Washington Redskins finally relevant on a national stage, Dave Zirin argues that Dan Snyder can no longer hide from the bigotry of his team's name. How does the NHL promote safety and allow players to smash each other in the face with their fists? John Rawls was a pretty serious baseball fan — he was just way better at philosophy. The national pastime may be past its time — but those who think it’s boring need to think again. Brazil as the world's 22nd best team: The 2014 hosts are in a stunning slump. Kevin Flixer reviews The Secret Lives of Sports Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession by Eric Simons. If colleges do not act soon to resolve the tensions between commercialism and education in athletics programs, a resolution will be imposed upon them (and more).