Brian Talbot (WUSTL): The Best Argument for "Ought Implies Can" Is a Better Argument Against "Ought Implies Can". Andrew Vogt (Trinity Saint David): On Limits in Moral Consequentialism. Barbara H. Fried (Stanford): Can Contractualism Be Saved? Thomas Kiefer (Fordham): Moral Virtue in the Twenty-First Century. The second sage: Confucian philosopher Mengzi provides an intriguing (and oddly modern) alternative to Aristotelian accounts of human virtue. Marianne LeNabat interviews the New School's Alice Crary, author of Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought, on the role of ethics in philosophy, and what philosophy is for (and more).
Lisa Rivera (Mass): Possible Dilemmas Raised by Impossible Moral Requirements. David Owens (King's College): Promises and Conflicting Obligations. This philosopher has reimagined identity and morality for a secular age: Charles Taylor, winner of the first $1 million Berggruen Prize for philosophy, has helped reshape debates on what it is to be human. Jocelyn Maclure on Charles Taylor: A strong evaluator. Is it ethical to punch a neo-Nazi? Bob Fischer, author of College Ethics: A Reader on Moral Issues That Affect You, on a surprisingly overlooked gap in philosophy. Empathy is a choice: People are empathy misers because they are cognitive misers.
From 3:AM, Richard Marshall interviews Catherine Wilson on Epicureanism, early mods and the moral animal; and interviews Samuel Scheffler on death, afterlife, justice and value. Dan Arnold reviews Engaging Buddhism: Why It Matters to Philosophy by Jay L. Garfield. The desire to fit in is the root of almost all wrongdoing. Peter Singer, the most influential ethicist alive, says the world is actually becoming a better place. Ryan Holiday sells Stoicism as a life hack, without apology.
C. R. G. Murray (Newcastle) and Aoife O'Donoghue (Durham): A Path Already Travelled in Domestic Orders? From Fragmentation to Constitutionalisation in the Global Legal Order. Jaakko Husa (Lapland): Global Constitutionalism: A Critical View. Christine E. J. Schwobel (Liverpool): The Political Economy of Global Constitutionalism. Richard Collins (UCD): The Slipperiness of "Global Law". Neil Walker (Edinburgh): The Gap between Global Law and Global Justice: A Preliminary Analysis. You can download Global Constitutionalism without Global Democracy (?),ed. Claudio Corradetti and Giovanni Sartor.
For the first time, five volumes of constitutional case law and commentary provided for the seminar on Global Constitutionalism (a Part of the Gruber Program on Global Justice and Women's Rights) at Yale Law School have been published to enable open access.
Heather Gerken (Yale): Playing Cards in a Hurricane: Party Reform in an Age of Polarization (and more). Democrats must become the party of freedom: Re-embracing anti-monopoly will reinvigorate American liberty and beat back Trumpism. Eric Holder to the rescue: President Obama's former attorney general will be at the forefront of legal challenges to the Trump administration — will they work? Obama's Farewell Address should sound the alarm about Trump: This is a dire moment for American democracy — it demands a dire warning. President Obama finally admitted he didn't pay enough attention to the Democratic Party. What went wrong with the Democratic Party? Three big failures that led to the current debacle. Theda Skocpol on a guide to rebuilding the Democratic Party, from the ground up.
Blue cities fight back in Red states: #DefendLocal. Blue states must become even bluer: As red states roll back democracy, blue states should double down on true progressivism. Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca on federalism and progressive resistance in America. Progressive protesters are ready for Trump — thanks, Obama. Resources for the Resistance: Resources to help targeted communities protect themselves, and to help us all do the organizing we must do over the next four years. Trump Resistance Reference Guide: Here are some of the best web resources for aiding the resistance.
From LARB, Henry Wismayer on the crisis of liberalism (and part 2). Form Dissent, Nancy Fraser on the end of progressive neoliberalism; and Michael Walzer on the historical task of the Left in the present period.
From Social Affairs, Pizwak Imtiaz (CEU): Approaches to Civil Wars: "How Do Leaders Lead, and Why Do Followers Follow?" From the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, a special issue on A Half Century of Change in the Lives of American Women. It's not looking good for Roe v. Wade: One Trump Supreme Court pick probably won't change the status quo — but two definitely will. Henry Farrell on algorithmic price fixing. These Stanford students are hacking the government to try to solve the world's problems. Think hacking's bad now? You ain't seen nothing yet — an organisation could launch a devastating attack and then control the way it is interpreted by society. Cody Delistraty on Michael Lewis and the narrative nonfiction formula.
Trump just dismissed the people in charge of maintaining our nuclear arsenal. Why scientists want Trump to stick to the Iran nuclear deal. North Korea sends message to Trump amid threat to fire missile "at any time". Ranked: Twitter wars that came a little too close to real wars. Will the Trump tweet that starts World War III have a typo? The "madman theory" of nuclear war has existed for decades — now, Trump is playing the madman. Civilization is on the verge of blowing up in a non-metaphorical sense: Bill Perry is terrified — why aren't you? Society could collapse in a decade, predicts math historian: Professor Peter Turchin says Donald Trump's presidential election win confirms that "negative trends seem to be accelerating".
Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? An Empirical Study of Opinion in 59 Countries; and Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? An Empirical Study of Opinion in the United States. Olivier Jacques (McGill) and Alain Noel (Montreal): The Case for Welfare State Universalism, or the Lasting Relevance of the Paradox of Redistribution. Richard McGahey (INET): Universal Basic Income and the Welfare State. Lamont Rodgers (HCC) and Travis J. Rodgers (Valencia): The Libertarian Case for a Basic Income Guarantee: An Assessment of the Direct Proviso-Based Route. Karl Widerquist (Georgetown): Basic Income's Third Wave. Katherine Curchin (ANU): Using Behavioural Insights to Argue for a Stronger Social Safety Net: Beyond Libertarian Paternalism.
Joan Costa-Font and Frank A. Cowell (LSE): European Identity and Redistributive Preferences. Ulla Neergaard (Copenhagen): Europe and the Welfare State: Friends, Foes, or? Staffan Kumlin and Atle Haugsgjerd (Oslo): The Welfare State and Political Trust: Bringing Performance Back In. From Boston Review, Elizabeth Anderson on how social insurance became confused with socialism; and Erik Loomis reviews The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens by Daniel L. Hatcher. Most welfare dollars don't go directly to poor people anymore. Mark Thoma on how social welfare benefits help the economy. Greg Weiner on a constitutional welfare state. Starving in America: Paul Ryan's "Better Way" is reheated Herbert Hoover. Why even the strongest Republican efforts can't defeat the welfare state. Will Wilkinson on the freedom lover's case for the welfare state.
From Slate, Elizabeth Wydra on the terrible things Jeff Sessions did as attorney general of Alabama. Emily Bazelon on the voter fraud case Jeff Sessions lost and can't escape. Jeff Sessions could return criminal justice to the Jim Crow era. James Comey is Democrats' best hope for stopping Trump: The president-elect could use law enforcement to abuse civil rights. A troll outside Trump Tower is helping to pick your next government. Alyssa Rosenberg on the Trump team's embarrassing defense of fraudulence. The young Trump: Jared Kushner is more like his father-in-law than anyone imagines. Who will Donald Trump turn out to be?
Republicans think Capitol Hill's rules are for suckers: They broke norms to stymie Democrats — now they're doing it to help Trump. Every GOP lie about passing Obamacare is true about repeal. Republicans want revenge for Obamacare and it's making them do stupid things. Why Obama thinks the Affordable Care Act can still be saved. Jared Bernstein on the end of policy, at least for now.