Jenann Ismael (Arizona): A Philosopher of Science Looks at Idealization in Political Theory. Lee Trepanier (Saginaw Valley): The Relevance of Political Philosophy and Political Science. Tariq Modood (Bristol) and Simon Thompson (UWE): Revisiting Contextualism in Political Theory: Putting Principles into Context. James Tully (Victoria): Deparochializing Political Theory and Beyond: A Dialogue Approach to Comparative Political Thought (and responses). Murad Idris (Virginia): Political Theory and the Politics of Comparison. Elizabeth Magill (Stanford) and Daniel R. Ortiz (Virginia): Comparative Positive Political Theory and Empirics. Susan Mendus (York): Contingency in Political Philosophy. Jonathan Cole on why political theology must be engaged more profoundly with political philosophy.

Friderik Klampfer (Maribor): The False Promise of Thought Experimentation in Moral and Political Philosophy. Erik Ringmar (Lund): The Anti-Nomadic Bias of Political Theory. Emma Saunders-Hastings reviews Global Political Theory, ed. David Held and Pietro Maffettone. The introduction to The International Origins of Social and Political Theory, ed. Tarak Barkawi and George Lawson. Nation and imagination: Craig Calhoun on how Benedict Anderson revolutionized political theory. What does distraction mean for political theory and political philosophy? Christopher Freiman on 7 key conversations that are dominating the field of political philosophy today.


Rosa Zwaal (UCR): Social Identity and Representation in the Trading Card Game Community. When labor fought for civil rights: Rich Yeselson reviews Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932–1965 by Eric Schickler and Forging Rivals: Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Postwar Liberalism by Reuel Schiller. It’s official: Seattle breaks record for most consecutive days without rain. If Mary Beard is right, what’s happened to the DNA of Africans from Roman Britain? Jonathan Chait on the alt-Right and Glenn Greenwald versus H.R. McMaster. It looks like Trump is throwing over Manafort. How this 30-year-old book predicted today’s politics: Sean Illing interviews Lance Strate, author of Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman’s Brave New World.


What you should know about the unfolding U.S.-North Korea crisis. 9 questions about North Korea you were too embarrassed to ask. Answers to 4 crucial questions about North Korea. Trump hasn’t appointed an ambassador to South Korea and now it’s a big problem. Trump’s threat to North Korea was improvised (and more). Could Trump stumble into nuclear war with North Korea? Why Trump’s war of words might lead to an actual war with North Korea. Ignore our crazy president, U.S. government tells North Korea. Trump now sounds more North Korea-y than North Korea. North Korea is more rational than you think. North Korea just called Trump’s bluff — so what happens now?

Don’t count on China or Russia to resolve the North Korea crisis. South Koreans seemingly unconcerned as Trump threatens North Korea. Trump’s threat of war with North Korea may sound scarier than it is. In Trump’s North Korea warnings, his military school classmates hear echoes of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Trump’s spiritual adviser authorizes him to smite North Korea.

Why President Bush’s North Korea failure is important to remember. Trump has no clue what to do about North Korea — and he doesn’t really care. Why Trump is wholly unsuited to the North Korea crisis. This is how easy it would be for Trump to start a nuclear war. Jeffrey C. Isaac on Trump, nukes, and democracy at its limit.

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