A new issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is out. From TNR, technology is taking over English departments: Adam Kirsch on the false promise of the digital humanities; and the book as technology: Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner and Jeffrey Schnapp on the immense promise of the digital humanities. From The Chronicle, Marc Bousquet on the moral panic in literary studies (and more). Books vs. Literature: Robert McHenry on how publishers and postmodernism are contributing to the death of the humanities. Kevin J.H. Dettmar on how Dead Poets Society is a terrible defense of the humanities: The beloved film's portrayal of studying literature is both misleading and deeply seductive. Game theory meets the humanities and both win: Karl-Dieter Crisman reviews Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds by Steven J. Brams. The Two Cultures, then and now: Alan Jacobs on the sciences, the humanities, and their common enemy. Jerry Coyne on how science is being bashed by academics who should know better: Anti-naturalism seems to be replacing postmodernism as the latest way to bash science in academia. Serena Golden interviews Helen Small, author of The Value of the Humanities. A PhD program in the humanities isn’t an education but a finishing school: Nikil Saval on why the hazing rituals of graduate school aren’t worth the trouble. The first chapter from Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities by James Turner. Hooray for “worthless” education: Liberal arts take a beating again — but don't sweat it, humanities majors. Peter Augustine Lawler on libertarians vs. liberal learning. Christopher B. Nelson reviews Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters by Michael S. Roth.
Barthelemy Courmont (Hallym) and Pierre-Alain Clement (Quebec): When Geopolitics Meets the Game Industry: A Study of Arabic Video Games and What They Teach Us. Thomas Crankshaw (Erfurt): A Study in Reductive Pop-Philosophy: A Critique of Sandel's What Money Can't Buy. From Narratively, a special issue on The Spies Among Us. No “camembert fascism”: Daniel Siemens on a view on the European elections. Spies, cash, and fear: Matthew Paul Turner goes inside Christian money guru Dave Ramsey’s social media witch hunt. David Shorr on the problem with blaming both sides in politics. Kirsten Silva Gruesz on the Mein Kampf of Isla Vista. It's time for America to admit what it's long resisted: White male privilege kills. Lisa Hickey on the patterns in mass shootings and a conversation about men. Kat Stoeffel on Isla Vista: As good a time as any to talk about misogyny. Amanda Hess on why it’s so hard for men to see misogyny: Men were surprised by #YesAllWomen because men don’t see what women experience. Your princess is in another castle: Arthur Chu on misogyny, entitlement, and nerds. Katherine Newman on the private tragedy of living with a mass killer in the family. Philip Ball on how uncertainty reigns over Heisenberg's measurement analogy. Noreen Malone on Alex Trebek, the last king of the American middlebrow: He eats Snickers for breakfast and watches Fox News backstage. Adrianna McIntyre on 21 things Obamacare does that you didn't know about. Beyond the West: Egil Asprem on a new comparativism in the study of esotericism.
The inaugural issue of Kurdish Studies is out. Hassan H. Elkatawneh (Walden): The Egyptian Army and the Ethical Dilemma. From We_Magazine, compromise has been in short supply since Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring nearly three years ago — but this small North African nation has once again broken new ground with a political deal between longtime enemies among the Islamists and the secular old guard; and there is no "middle" in the Middle East today: The last thing the Middle East needs is another conflict — but Lebanon looks set to once again become the battleground for larger powers vying for regional supremacy. The conscience of Syria: Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi interview activist and intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh. How Goldman Sachs rescued Libya: If a new lawsuit by the Libyan sovereign investment fund is to be believed, Wall Street bankers were able to accomplish what decades of sanctions could not — Gaddafi’s downfall. Iraq's House of Cards: With the country collapsing around him, Nouri al-Maliki's strongman image is a sham — and that's exactly why he's so dangerous. Elias Muhanna interviews Bassam Haddad, co-founder of Jadaliyya, on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems”. Zaheer Kazmi on the limits of Muslim liberalism. Is this the end of Sykes-Picot? While there is unlikely to be effective governance in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq anytime soon, the borders of the states created by European colonialism in the 1920s are not about to collapse (and more). Why are Arab countries holding so many seemingly meaningless votes? Marc Lynch investigates. “Facebook is like a religion around here”: Brian Brivati on voices from the “Arab Spring” and the policy making community.
From Parameters, a special section on American Power in Transition. From PUP, the introduction to America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror; and the first chapter from Good-Bye Hegemony! Power and Influence in the Global System by Simon Reich and Richard Ned Lebow. Marcus Brauchli reviews Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama by Stephen Sestanovich. From The Economist, no other country comes close to America’s hard power, but its lead is slipping; America is no longer as alarming to its foes or reassuring to its friends; and a nagging doubt is eating away at the world order — and the superpower is largely ignoring it. Sorry, America, the New World Order is dead. Who can control the post-superpower capitalist world order? In a divided and dangerous world, we need to teach the new powers some manners, says Slavoj Zizek. America the Gentle Giant: Kristin Lord and Stephen J. Hadley on how the United States can shape the world without boots on the ground and bombs in the air. Superpowers don't get to retire: Robert Kagan on what our tired country still owes the world. Robert Kaplan writes in defense of empire: It can ensure stability and protect minorities better than any other form of order — the case for a tempered American imperialism. Curtis F. Jones on the anachronism of empire. Against disengagement: Brian Katulis on how today’s progressives are often as muddled in their thinking about U.S. involvement in the world as conservatives are divided. Obama vs. the Hawks: Critics have branded him weak and feckless on foreign policy, but an inside look reveals how the president faced down the war machine. No hawks here: Stephen Walt on how when it comes to conflict in world politics, realists are the peaceniks of post-Cold War America. As George Kennan inspired Truman’s foreign policy, now Stephen Walt inspires Obama’s.
The inaugural issue of Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy is out. Joseph Raz (Oxford): A Hedgehog's Unity of Value. Nicholas Riegel (Brasilia): Goodness and Beauty in Plato. There’s another scandal in American health care: It would be nice to see bipartisan outrage extend to another unfolding health-care scandal in this country — the 4.8 million people living under the poverty line who are eligible for Medicaid but won't get it because their state has refused Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Giovanni Tiso on making real a Fascist puppet. Political economy is political: The best explanation of the current Piketty-Financial Times brouhaha was written by Mike Konczal a few weeks before it actually happened. Thomas Piketty's real challenge was to the FT's Rolex types: If the FT's attack on the radical economist's “rising inequality” thesis is right, then all the gross designer bling in its How To Spend It section can be morally justified. Pikettymania must stop: A plea for calm in the debate over Capital — the book is neither gospel nor garbage. At last, a history of magazines: Tony Quinn reviews Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain by Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt. Not just a “white guy killer”: Hua Hsu on Elliot Rodger's perverse sense of racial hierarchy — and his uncertain place in it (and more). “No way to prevent this”, says only nation where this regularly happens. Gokce Gunel on the soul of carbon dioxide. My country right or righter: Under Shinzo Abe the national broadcaster is stalked by ghosts of the past. Conservatives are now bashing Maya Angelou on Twitter.
Joyce E. Salisbury (Wisconsin): Do Animals Go to Heaven? Medieval Philosophers Contemplate Heavenly Human Exceptionalism. Robert J. Delahunty (St. Thomas): Does Animal Welfare Trump Religious Liberty? The Danish Ban on Kosher and Halal Butchering. The Church of Animal Liberation: Bruce Friedrich on animal rights as “religion” under the free exercise clause. From The Scavenger, Alison Waters on killing in the name of conservation; and Susannah Waters goes behind the scenes of the dog meat trade. Independent ranchers and animal rights activists don’t agree about much, except that it’s time to stop using federal tax dollars to support the meat lobby. How much meat is too much? Bee Wilson reviews Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery, with Isabel Oakeshott and Planet Carnivore by Alex Renton. Bruce Friedrich on why it’s time to stop the chicken industry from boiling birds alive. Tristan McConnell on 20 numbers to make you appreciate the extent of the world's poaching problem. Should a chimp be able to sue its owner? Steven Wise is arguing for the legal “personhood” of chimps and other animals — and no one is laughing him out of the courtroom. Brandon Keim on how dogs and cats are blurring the lines between pets and people. Dogs (and cats) can love: Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances. Richard Hertzberg interviews Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures, on the frontiers of animal research. Do animals have a sense of humour? Tickling rats can tell us a lot about the ability of animals to laugh and joke. Animal magnetism: Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals — is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?
Mila Versteeg (Virginia) and Emily Zackin (Hunter): American Constitutional Exceptionalism Revisited. Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Standing for the Structural Constitution; and Coasean Bargaining Over the Structural Constitution. Eugene Goodheart (Brandeis): The Constitution: Dead or Alive. Gerard N. Magliocca (Indiana): Constitutional Change and Coercion. Wojciech Sadurski (Sydney): Motives and Effects in the US Constitutional Law and Theory. Matthew P. Downer and Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt): The People or the Court: Who Reigns Supreme, How, and Why? Jason Marisam (Hamline): Constitutional Self-Interpretation. Marc O. DeGirolami (St. John's) and Kevin C. Walsh (Richmond): Judge Posner, Judge Wilkinson, and Judicial Critique of Constitutional Theory. Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown): Constitutional Skepticism: A Recovery and Preliminary Evaluation. Adam Lamparello and Charles E. MacLean (Indiana Tech): The Separate But Unequal Constitution. Ran Hirschl (Toronto): Dysfunctional? Dissonant? Demode? America’s Constitutional Woes in Comparative Perspective. Jack Michael Beermann (BU): The New Constitution of the United States: Do We Need One and How Would We Get One? Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): The Function of Article V. Tom Ginsburg (Chicago) and James Melton (UCL): Does the Constitutional Amendment Rule Matter at All? Amendment Cultures and the Challenges of Measuring Amendment Difficulty. Eric Posner on how the U.S. constitution is impossible to amend. George Skouras on American constitutionalism and dualist democracy: A brief reply and critique of Ackerman’s “We the People”. The end of constitutional law? Adam Shinar reviews On Constitutional Disobedience by Louis Michael Seidman.
John Williams (Singapore Management): Moore’s Paradox and the Priority of Belief Thesis and The Completeness of the Pragmatic Solution to Moore's Paradox in Belief. Cynthia Lee (GWU) and Peter Kar Yu Kwan (Golden Gate): The Trans Panic Defense: Heteronormativity, and the Murder of Transgender Women. From the inaugural issue of Archenemy magazine, rather than wonder if video games are art themselves, glitch art uses mistakes in video games as a medium to create artwork built around failure. Geoff Manaugh on how the Earth was almost fried back in 2012. Timothy Snyder on Ukraine: The antidote to Europe’s fascists? Joe the Plumber to parents of Elliot Rodger’s victims: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights”. Here's basically every pro-gun cliche that exists on the Internet. David Weigel on three reasons that the Santa Barbara mass shooting won't result in any new gun laws. Tara Culp-Ressler on a chilling new website that documents what happens to women who reject men’s sexual advances. About ideas: The Washington Post’s PostEverything is an attempt to expand the conversation outward. The return of political correctness: Henry Price on culture wars and creative de[con]struction. Sam Knight on the empire of Alain de Botton. How did the universe get so complicated? We live in a random universe, explains Marcus Chown. Richard J. Evans reviews Burning the Reichstag: An Investigation into the Third Reich’s Enduring Mystery by Benjamin Carter Hett.
Matthew Beard (Notre Dame-Australia): Shielding Humanity: A New Approach to Military Honour. Matthew David Burris (USAF): Thinking Slow About Sexual Assault in the Military. From The New Yorker, a review essay by George Packer on how soldiers write their wars. David DesRosiers reviews Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front by Mark Lee Greenblatt. A legacy of pain and pride: A nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reveals the profound and enduring effects of war on the 2.6 million who have served. Reconsidering the "Good War": Robert Zaretsky reviews What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France by Mary Louise Roberts. One Percent Republic: Without citizen soldiers, plutocracy rises unchecked. We are not drones: Chris Powell on how pilots, sensor operators put human element in RPA operations. From Soldiers, Elizabeth M. Collins on the day the world went black: Soldiers blinded in the line of duty (and part 2). Do military women want combat jobs? The survey numbers say yes — and so do more than 9,000 combat action badges. Philip Gourevitch on knowing war intimately. The tender underbelly of soldiers: Nathan Deuel reviews Redeployment by Phil Klay (and more). Tom Gallagher reviews Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich. Igor Volsky on why veterans still love the VA. Rogue element: Nadya Labi on how an anti-government militia grew on a U.S. Army base. Hidden heroes: Rajeev Ramchand, Terri Tanielian, and David M. Adamson on how America's military caregivers serve in the shadow of war — and of the wounded.
From The Hedgehog Review, Philippe Beneton (Rennes): Europe and the New Democracy; and Petra Huyst (Ghent): Generation Europe. Ana Carrillo (Leicester): European and Political Identity in a “Transnational Paradise”. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie): Transformative Power of Europe. Patricia Esteve and Bernd Theilen (Rovira i Virgili): European Integration: Partisan Motives or Economic Benefits? Nauro F Campos, Fabrizio Coricelli, Luigi Moretti on how rich nations and poorer nations benefit from EU membership. The rise of the “creative class” as the motor of economic growth means that countries which promote technology, talent and tolerance will do best — will this lead to higher inequality? Income inequality — exacerbated by an age gap, a skills gap, and other trends in technology and society — will pose the single greatest societal challenge for the European Union in the coming decades. The left can please neither rich nor poor: Large sections of the lower classes see social change as disturbing, writes John Lloyd. Ferdinando Giugliano reviews European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess and How to Put Them Right by Philippe Legrain. Are European parliamentarians responsive to their voters? Catherine E. de Vries investigates. Paul Krugman on the crisis of the Eurocrats: The European project is in deep trouble — the Continent still has peace, but it’s falling short on prosperity and, in a subtler way, democracy; and on Europe’s secret success: It turns out that those welfare states, with their generous social benefits, are beating America at job creation hands down. Do the European elections signal the end of the EU as we know it? Across Europe voters have rejected the political elite, turning in their droves to radical nationalist parties that want to see the end of the European Union.