George Bragues (Guelph): Is Achieving Freedom About Making a Lot of Money? An Interpretation of Fernando Pessoa's The Anarchist Banker. Andrzej Rapaczynski (Columbia): The Moral Significance of Economic Life. From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Luigino Bruni (LUMSA) and Robert Sugden (East Anglia): Reclaiming Virtue Ethics for Economics; and Michael J. Sandel (Harvard): Market Reasoning as Moral Reasoning: Why Economists Should Re-engage with Political Philosophy. Christoph Hanisch (Vienna): Negative Goals and Identity: Revisiting Sen’s Critique of Homo Economicus. Dirk Helbing on how a new kind of economy is born: Social decision-makers beat the “homo economicus”. Peter E. Earl on why evolution wouldn’t favour Homo economicus. Want to make hunter-gatherers irrational? Expose them to free markets. Sorry, conservatives — basic economics has a liberal bias. The secular religions of progress: Robert H. Nelson on economic philosophies, environmentalism, and growth. John Cassidy on how the inefficiency of the market isn't an open question. Is scarcity over? Science keeps finding new ways to extract resources — should we stop worrying about not having enough? Money, markets, and morality: Edward Skidelsky reviews The Invention of Market Freedom by Eric MacGilvray, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael Sandel, and Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin. Don’t be fooled, values are inescapable — in life and in economics.
A new issue of Cadmus Journal is out. Keith Hoskin (Warwick) and Debin Ma and Richard H. Macve (LSE): A Genealogy of Myths About the Rationality of Accounting in the West and in the East. Jakob Norberg (Duke): The Banality of Narrative: Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem. Ross B. Emmett (Michigan State): Malthus with Institutions: A Comparative Analysis of Prudential Restraint. James Tyner (Kent State) and Joshua Inwood (Tennessee): Violence as Fetish: Geography, Marxism, and Dialectics. Mark P. Hampton, Julia Jeyachaya, and Donna Lee (Kent): The Political Economy of Precarious Work in the Tourism Industry in Small Island Developing States. Playing favorites: Rebecca MacKinnon on how if a company were to commit to decline all government censorship surveillance requests, it would be able to do business precisely nowhere. Noam Scheiber on the case for socialized law: When a rich person can buy more justice than a normal person, it perverts society — here's a radical idea for fixing it. James Kingsland reviews Cells to Civilizations: the Principles of Change that Shape Life by Enrico Coen. Obamacare is not a job killer: CBO updates it's Obamacare projections — the critics update their Obamacare distortions. The prophet of no profit: Matthew Yglesias on how Jeff Bezos won the faith of Wall Street. Jeff Madrick on Obama’s toughest job. Lawrence Lessig on how to make Americans care about money corrupting politics. The presidency comes with executive power — deal with it: Obama's just doing what he's empowered to do.
Edoardo Boria (Rome): Geographers and Maps: A Relationship in Crisis. Marc Jonathan Blitz (OCU): The Right to Map (and Avoid Being Mapped): Reconceiving First Amendment Protection for Information Gathering in the Age of Google Earth. Gilles Palsky (Sorbonne): Map Design vs. Semiology of Graphics: Reflections on Two Currents of Cartographic Theory. Rafael Company i Mateo (MuVIM): Making Politics — and Science — Through Maps: The “Europa Etnografica” Maps of the Atlante Internazionale del Touring Club Italiano (1927-1940). Liz Stinson on Where You Are, a book of experimental maps designed to get you lost. In many ways maps and monsters would appear antithetical: maps are about measurement and evidence; they attempt to document a real world out there in an objective way with empirical tools tested over time; by contrast, monsters are fantasies, mostly sparked by terrors, but sometimes born of desiring curiosity, too. A cartographer’s dream: Two books tell the fascinating tale of a rediscovered map of China. Territorial map of the world: Rafi Segal and Yonatan Cohen on how we are beginning to envision the world as a continuous space where the movement of people and information overrides geographical and political barriers. Casey N. Cep on the allure of the map. It starts with a kiss: Frank Jacobs on the world's twistiest border. When paradise was on the map: Toby Lester on the curious history of how geographers located Eden — and hell. Greg Miller on how the U.S. maps the world’s most disputed territories. An excerpt from Globes: 400 Years of Exploration, Navigation, and Power by Sylvia Sumira.