Thomas Sheehan (Stanford): What, After All, Was Heidegger About? Taylor Carman (Barnard): Things Fall Apart: Heidegger on the Constancy and Finality of Death. The king is dead: Gregory Fried on Heidegger’s Black Notebooks/Schwarze Hefte Vols. 94-96 (and more by Peter Gordon at NYRB; and more and more at LARB). The introduction to Heidegger and the Media by David J. Gunkel and Paul Taylor. What Heidegger was hiding: Gregory Fried reviews Heidegger und der Mythos der judischen Weltverschworung (Heidegger and the Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy) by Peter Trawny. Roger Berkowitz on how to read a “politically charged sentence” and the debate surrounding Heidegger's politics. Erin Carlisle (Flinders): How Did She Forgive Heidegger? Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Forgiveness. Eric Levi Jacobson (Roehampton): Why did Hannah Arendt Reject the Partition of Palestine? Ozer Baris Tuncel (ITU) Bodies as Political Weapons: Suicide Bombings and Hannah Arendt; and Hannah Arendt’s Understanding of Truth, Judgment and Politics. Rosalyn Diprose (UNSW) and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek (SUNY-Buffalo): Time for Beginners: Natality, Biopolitics, and Political Theology. Adriel Trott (Wabash): Nature, Action and Politics: An Arendtian Aristotle Against Arendt's Aristotle. Aaron Schutz (Wisconsin): Becoming Public Citizens: Hannah Arendt and the Tensions of Democracy. Shmuel Lederman (Haifa): Agonism and Deliberation in Arendt. From Logos, Philip Green on reflections on Arendt. From the inaugural issue of European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Peter Baehr (Lingan): The Informers: Hannah Arendt's Appraisal of Whittaker Chambers and the Ex-Communists. Rafael Rojas on when Fidel Castro and Hannah Arendt met at Princeton.
Tahereh Alavi Hojjat (DeSales): The Economic Analysis of Obesity. Bernardo Bortolotti and Veljko Fotak (Bocconi): The Rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds: Definition, Organization, and Governance. Cynthia Lee (GWU): (E)Racing Trayvon Martin. Martina Kitzmueller (New Mexico): Are You Recording This? Enforcement of Police Videotaping. An interview with Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles, authors of Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System. From LARB, David A. Bell on The New Republic. Beijing's move to bail out Russia, on top of its recent aid for Venezuela and Argentina, signals the death of the post-war Bretton Woods world. S.E. Smith on why we still don't have the technology to find missing airplanes. Is the most powerful conservative in America losing his edge? Erick Erickson built his career on stoking populist rage — but now the man who steers the Tea Party says conservative anger has grown toxic and self-defeating. Bernie Sanders for president? Why not try a real socialist for a change. A scandal’s long shadow: Football’s back, but the valley isn’t happy — Penn Staters still seethe over Paterno’s treatment. The 15 ailments of the Vatican Curia, according to Pope Francis. Have human rights treaties failed? Kenneth Roth and Eric Posner debate. What is Paul Krugman afraid of? Ezra Klein investigates. Laurie Penny on nerd entitlement: White male nerds need to recognise that other people had traumatic upbringings, too — and that's different from structural oppression. Denmark has presented a claim to the UN, arguing that the area surrounding the North Pole is connected to the continental shelf of Greenland, a Danish autonomous territory.
Ryan Calo (Washington): The Case for a Federal Robotics Commission. David J. Gunkel (NIU): Apocalypse Not, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Machine. What it will take for computers to be conscious: Christof Koch, the world’s best-known consciousness researcher, says machines could one day become self-aware. Samuel A. Alexander on a machine that knows its own code. Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is. Matthew Parris on how artificial intelligence is going to make us doubt the real thing. Is artificial intelligence a threat? Angela Chen wants to know. Stephen Hawking has warned that artificial intelligence “could outsmart us all” and is calling for humans to establish colonies on other planets to avoid ultimately a “near-certainty” of technological catastrophe. Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence: Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world — we won't ever be silicon slaves, insists an AI expert. Jaron Lanier on the myth of AI. Computers, they’re just like us: Plenty of companies are feeding data to computers in the hopes of replicating human behavior, but how close can machines truly get if all they have to work on is the information we offer? As robots grow smarter, American workers struggle to keep up. Can workplace robots get along with the humans they’re replacing? Why robots could be awesome whistleblowers: Workers don't want to be replaced by algorithms or machines — but when it comes to the risky act of exposing corporate wrongdoing, perhaps they could be our friends. Robots are our saviours, not the enemy: The alternative is a world in which wages fall and prices rise, writes Peter Thiel. We’re failing to prepare our kids for the impending robot takeover — here’s what we should teach them.
A new issue of Liberal Arts in Russia is out. Anni Kangas (Tampere): Governmentalities of Big Moscow: Particularising Neoliberal Statecraft. Anna V. Dolidze (UWO): The Non-Native Speakers of International Law: The Case of Russia. Sergei Ziryanov, Aleksandr Vasilyevich Ponedelkov, and Sergey Alekseevich Vorontsov (RANEPA): Problems of Modernization of Modern Russian Elite. Alyona Artamonova and Ekaterina Sergeevna Mitrofanova (HSE): Is Cohabitation an Alternative to Marriage in Russia? Victoria Sakevich (HSE) and Boris Petrovich Denisov (Moscow State): Birth Control in Russia: Overcoming the State System Resistance. Konstantin Moshe Yanovskiy and Sergei Zhavoronkov (Gaidar Institute) and Daniel E. Shestakov (HSE): The Limits of Governmental Intervention: Some Ways How Government Belongs in the Bedroom and Nursery. The Ghosts of Beslan: Anna Nemtsova on why the memory of a mass hostage-taking — and the botched rescue attempt that followed — continues to haunt Russia. Sergey Kuznetsov on when Russians thought the Internet would make them free. Peter Pomerantsev on how Russia is building shopping malls where Stalin held show trials. To Russia, with tough love: Masha Gessen recounts the literary history of Moscow and describes why she’s become disillusioned with the city of her birth; and on the dying Russians (and a postscript). From Russia with love: Mr. Magazine on different media, similar challenges. Are Americans kinder than Russians? Natalie Shure on Russian memes explained. Zack Beauchamp on Russia's bizarre obsession with psychics and the occult. J. Lester Feder and Anton Lysenkov on how the father of Soviet pornography became a crusader against “gay propaganda”. Pavlov’s real quest: Michael Specter reviews Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science by Daniel P. Todes. Putin gave all Russians the right to carry a rifle anywhere — what could possibly go wrong? Amy Knight on Flight MH17: Will Russia get away with it?
The inaugural issue of Iran’s Globalization Studies is out. Howard M. Wasserman (FIU): Moral Panics and Body Cameras. Eric Anthamatten (Parsons): Visibility is a Trap: Body Cameras and the Panopticon of Police Power. Polly J. Price (Emory): Ebola and the Law in the United States: A Short Guide to Public Health Authority and Practical Limits. Tom C. W. Lin (Temple): National Pastime(s). Nicholas G. Hahn interviews George Will, author of A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred. Eric Garner’s murder is not only about the justice system — it’s about how capitalism creates racialized categories of “surplus” people. Ranjana Natarajan on how racial profiling has destroyed public trust in police — cops are exploiting our weak laws against it. How does aggressive police surveillance transform an urban neighborhood? James Forman reviews On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman. Is “progress” good for humanity? Jeremy Caradonna on rethinking the narrative of economic development, with sustainability in mind. I wish someone had told me this before I became a politician: Michael Ignatieff writes a letter to a young liberal. “In recently democratised countries I’m still a rock star”: World-renowned political thinker Francis Fukuyama on what’s left of The End of History, the crimes of the neocons and having the ear of the Chinese leadership. Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches. Sarah Posner on how Christians are more supportive of torture than non-religious Americans. Conquest is for losers: Paul Krugman on how there is still a powerful political faction in America that hasn’t learned this lesson.
Vinay Harpalani (Savannah): The Double-Consciousness of Race-Consciousness and the Bermuda Triangle of University Admissions. Prasad Krishnamurthy and Aaron S. Edlin (UC-Berkeley): Affirmative Action and Stereotypes in Higher Education Admissions. Richard Lempert (Michigan): Affirmative Action in the United States: A Brief Summary of the Law and Social Science. Peter H. Schuck (Yale): Assessing Affirmative Action. Samantha L Bowden (South Florida): The Myth of “Post-racial” America: Color-blind Racism in the Push to Repeal Affirmative Action in Higher Education. Christine Chambers Goodman (Pepperdine): Net (Race) Neutral: An Essay on How GPA + (Reweighted) SAT - Race = Diversity. Between the oikos and the cosmos: Harry G. Hutchison reviews Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. This diversity stuff can kill you: Lawrence Grandpre on what he learned as a black man at America's least diverse elite college. In the summer of 1991, Owen Smith left the blackest county in America for University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, quite possibly one of the whitest places on earth — “Disneyland for white people”. Andre M. Perry and Ivory Toldson on how black colleges are the biggest victims of states’ invasive new funding rules. For recent black college graduates, a tougher road to employment. Andre M. Perry on how the attack on bad teacher tenure laws is actually an attack on black professionals. From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on the Black Studies Movement. William S. New (Beloit) and Michael Merry (Amsterdam): Is Diversity Necessary for Educational Justice? Patrick McGuinn (Drew): Testing Race: Civil Rights Groups, the Democratic Party, and the Politics of the Contemporary Education Reform Movement. Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard) and Francis X. Shen (Minnesota): Race, Ethnicity, and Education Policy. For the first time this year, most public school students are nonwhite. America doesn’t have an education problem, it has a class problem.
The inaugural issue of De Ethica: A Journal of Philosophical, Theological and Applied Ethics is out. Michael Robinson (FSU): Moral Responsibility and Its Alternatives. Kai Spiekermann (LSE): Small Impacts and Imperceptible Effects: Causing Harm With Others. Mark Kelman and Tamar Admati Kreps (Stanford): Which Losses Do We Impose on Some to Benefit Others? Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): Moral Conflicts, the “Ought”-Implies-“Can” Principle, and Moral Demandingness. J. David Velleman (NYU): Morality Here and There: I. Kant Among the Sherpas; and II. Aristotle in Bali. Cinara Nahra (UFRN): The Harm Principle and the Greatest Happiness Principle: The Missing Link. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Eight Arguments against Double Effect. Hyemin Han (Stanford): Exploring the Relation between Aristotelian Moral Philosophy, Moral Psychology, and Contemporary Neurosciences. William Ferraiolo (SJDC): Moral Eliminativism: An End to Moralizing. Joshua May (UAB): Moral Judgment and Deontology: Empirical Developments. Moti Mizrahi (St. John’s): Ought, Can, and Presupposition: An Experimental Study. Ting Zhang, Francesca Gino, and Max H. Bazerman (Harvard): Morality Rebooted: Exploring Simple Fixes to Our Moral Bugs. David Benatar (Cape Town): Taking Humour (Ethics) Seriously, But Not Too Seriously. Timothy Chappell (Open): Why Ethics Is Hard. Thomas Mulligan (Tulane): On Harry Frankfurt’s “Equality as a Moral Ideal”. Michael Rosen reviews Acting on Principle: An Essay on Kantian Ethics by Onora O'Neill. John Gray reviews The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics by Kenan Malik. The self is moral: Nina Strohminger on how we tend to think that our memories determine our identity, but it’s moral character that really makes us who we are. Does being anxious make us more moral? Lisa Miller investigates.
A new issue of Continent is out. David A. Koplow (Georgetown): A Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact: Proposing a Treaty for the Renunciation of Nuclear War as an Instrument of National Policy. John Denvir (USF): Seeing the Big Picture: Why Law Fails in The Wire. Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck): Minding Your Own Business? Understanding Indifference as a Virtue. Donald B. Tobin (Maryland): The Internal Revenue Service and a Crisis of Confidence: A New Regulatory Approach for a New Era. Peter DeAngelis (Villanova): Racial Profiling and the Presumption of Innocence. Nadelle Grossman (Marquette): What is the NBA? The Mother Jones Guide to Evil NBA Owners: Racist emails, family feuds, big-time campaign cash — there's plenty of post-Sterling scandal to go around. Timothy B. Lee on the population of the internet, in one map. The honourable franchise: Michael Warby on why the warrior on horseback is at the heart of medieval society. Zeynep Tufekci on how TED (Really) works: How one hairdresser behind the scenes, and Emile Durkheim, says more about TED than all the viral videos. Researchers finally figured out why your doctor's waiting room only has crappy old magazines. White people are more likely to deal drugs, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it. Jed S. Rakoff on why innocent people plead guilty. The year of the dictator: Eric Posner on how democracy is stagnating around the world. Why is camping a white thing? Brandon Harris on a few wild theories. Working the dark side: David Bromwich writes about torture.
Stipe Grgas (Zagreb): American Studies as a Contemporary Disciplinary Practice. On Hamilton and Jefferson: Rob Farley and Erik Loomis debate history, politics, and the legacy of the Founders. Seeing America in the spirit of Tocqueville: Chris Barker and Tao Wang interview Harvey Mansfield on Democracy in America. The Self-Made Man: John Swansburg on the story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth. Julie Beck on the grisly, all-American appeal of serial killers: In trying to make sense of the darkest extremes of human behavior, the public turns murderers into myths and monsters. In Griswold We Trust: David B. Parker on “so help me God” as a case study of American myth-making. Now we know how Americans really feel about their neighbors, the media, and corporations — in seven maps. A.O. Scott on the death of adulthood in American culture. Roger Berkowitz on American exceptionalism: What are we fighting for? The way we were: Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats — but that’s all gone to hell. Ari Ratner on the era of our discontent: Feeling disillusioned by almost everything? You’re not alone; that angst actually has a name — Weltschmerz, or “world pain” in German — and its history can tell us a lot about our current cultural moment of dissonance and the future of America. Everything is awesome — well, not everything, but America’s looking much better than you think. American Manifesto: We as Americans have the responsibility to live up to our claims of being the greatest country on earth; if we don't step up to the plate, then that's not a claim we have the right to make. 30 years of Americana, through Jean-Pierre Laffont’s lens.
David Owen (Southampton): Reason and Practices of Reasoning: On the Analytic-Continental Divide in Political Philosophy. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt, Matthew Specter (CCSU): What's “Left” in Schmitt? From Aversion to Appropriation in Contemporary Political Theory. Christian List and Laura Valentini (LSE): Political Theory. Francesco di Bernardo reviews The Misguided Search for the Political by Lois McNay. Thom Brooks (Durham): Why Political Theory Matters. A voice of one’s own: A symposium on Tracy Strong’s Politics without Vision: Thinking without a Banister in the Twentieth Century, with contributions by Patchen Markell, Linda Zerilli, Mary G. Dietz and Tracy B. Strong. Chetan Cetty (Georgia State): Is It Wrong To Assume Full Compliance In Ideal Theory? A Response to Schmidtz. Brendon Westler and Aurelian Craiutu (Indiana): Two Critical Spectators: Jose Ortega y Gasset and Raymond Aron. Jacob T. Levy (McGill): There is No Such Thing as Ideal Theory. Andrew Rowcroft (Lincoln): Whatever Happened to Post-Marxism. Ralph Wedgwood is against ideal theory (and a response: “What's not wrong with ideal theory”). From Public Seminar, can anyone even remember postmodernism? Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Facts, Principles, and Politics. John G. Gunnell (UC Davis): Political Judgment and the Problem of “Criticizing from the Outside”. Here are several entries from the new Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael Gibbons (Wiley), the entry on politics and language by Ned Curthoys, and the entry on political concepts by Jacob Norberg. Arto Laitinen (Tampere): MacIntyre and Taylor: Traditions, Rationality, and the Modern Predicament. Bojan M Vranic (Belgrade): Why is Politics Not Essentially Contested? Peter Berkowitz on Leo Strauss' political philosophy: Reviled but redeemed.