From Politica Comun, a special issue on Carl Schmitt. Lars Vinx (Bilkent): Carl Schmitt and the Problem of Constitutional Guardianship. Miguel Vatter (UNSW): The Political Theology of Carl Schmitt. Antonio Cerella (Central Lancashire): Until the End of the World: Girard, Schmitt and the Origins of Violence. Daniel Capecchi (UERJ): Politics, Constitution and Nomos: The Constitutional Theories of Schmitt and Arendt. Lana Michelle Allen (Vanderbilt): An Arendtian Reading of Prison Resistance. Carlos Alfonso Garduno Comparan (CONACyT): Arendt and Ricoeur on Ideology and Authority. Sophia Mihic reviews Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences by Peter Baehr. The disfigured self: Paula Marantz Cohen on what Hannah Arendt got right. Rodrigo Chacon (Harvard): On a Forgotten Kind of Grounding: Strauss, Jacobi, and the Phenomenological Critique of Modern Rationalism. Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft reviews Leo Strauss: Man of Peace by Robert Howse (and more). Alan Gilbert on what Leo Strauss set in motion. Francis Fukuyama reviews Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing by Arthur M. Melzer. The Voegelin Enigma: Montgomery C. Erfourth on how Eric Voegelin smashed every category, scrambled every dichotomy, and spurned every orthodoxy he encountered to discover what ailed modern Western society. The introduction to The Weimar Century: German Emigres and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War by Udi Greenberg.
Bruce L. Gordon (Houston Baptist): Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: A Biblical and Scientific Critique of Young-Earth Creationism. Ruth C. Stern and J. Herbie DiFonzo (Hofstra): Dogging Darwin: America's Revolt Against the Teaching of Evolution. Conservative politicians abroad seem more accepting of evolution: Unlike American evangelicals who can reside in their own church and schools, the English have a more unified national culture that makes it easier to teach and accept the science. Ted Grimsrud on violence as a theological problem: Deeply ingrained in the religious consciousness of the United States is the belief that retribution is God’s will. Kathryn Gin Lum on evangelical haunted houses designed to show sinners that they’re going to hell. The warrior wives of evangelical Christianity: Emma Green on the intense focus on sexuality, purity, manhood, and womanhood in certain faith communities — and its consequences. S.E. Smith on how the Internet built the new Christian conservative movement. Muckraking magazine World creates a stir among evangelical Christians. Alan Noble on why evangelicals are wary of the government. Lydia Bean on why white evangelicals rule the midterms. Claude S. Fischer on how conservatives are driving Americans away from religion. Ed Kilgore on how conservatives are pushing liberals out of Christianity. Maxine Phillips on a Moral Minority: Is a liberal multi-racial, multi-faith political coalition possible? America’s holy alliance is ripping apart at the seams: Liberals and progressives may feel besieged by the religious right, but they should breathe easy — they are winning.
A new issue of Childhood and Philosophy is out, including Karin Fry (Wisconsin): Lyotard and the Philosopher Child. Lee Anne Fennell (Chicago): Do Not Cite or Circulate. Yanis Varoufakis is telling the world that he is not engaged in a complicated game theoretic bluff — he is very possibly telling the truth, but the problem is that this is exactly what a bluffer would say. From Caribbean Business, Puerto Rico’s bid to become New Age tax haven explored. If you want to feel really old, today is the “future” in Back to the Future. President Paul? Wall Street is on high alert (and more). Sady Doyle on propaganda, power, and porn in Fifty Shades: When you look at it from the right angle, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is a feminist victory. Ruth Graham on our lost cousins, the Neanderthals: New research suggests they were far more similar to us than we thought — so why did our nearest relations really disappear? Susan Berfield and Lindsey Rupp go behind the decline of Abercrombie and Fitch and the fall of its mastermind, Michael Jeffries. Kenneth Himma argues it is morally wrong, given ordinary moral intuitions about child-bearing decisions together with the traditional Christian doctrines of hell and salvific exclusivism, to bring a child in the world when the probability that she will spend an eternal afterlife suffering the torments of hell is as high as it would be if these two doctrines are true.
The inaugural issue of Metal Music Studies is now out. C. Riley Snorton (Cornell): On the Question of “Who's Out in Hip Hop”. Is American indie rock fighting a war it can’t win, or is it just not fighting anymore? Dan Kubis on the shrinking power of punk. A river runs through it: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on a biography of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios, its ownership, and other black memories. Michelle Jaworski on how a Stairway to Heaven theory refuses to die on the Internet. Why do so many musicians act like terrible people online? Meredith Graves wonders. White echoes: Chris Richards on rap, race and Iggy Azalea. Kashann Kilson on how Iggy Azalea gets away with reverse minstrelsy: There's a market for it. Stop hating on Iggy Azalea’s “blaccent” — she’s not hip-hop’s real problem. Kelsey McKinney on how Sleater-Kinney became one of the last great rock bands. The privileged are taking over the arts — without the grit, pop culture is doomed. DJ CIA: Belen Fernandez on how the Central Intelligence Agency tortured captives by playing everything from Marilyn Manson to songs from Sesame Street. They've had more sex, done more drugs, and cranked out more rock 'n' roll than any other metal band on earth this side of Led Zeppelin — but now, after thirty-three years, Motley Crue are calling it quits. In music, uniformity sells: Lenika Cruz on more evidence that, historically, albums featuring less complex instrumentation have enjoyed greater popularity.
Matthew C. Mirow (FIU): The Age of Constitutions in the Americas. Diana Contreras-Garduno (Utrecht): The Inter-American System of Human Rights. Maria Ackren (Greenland) and Uffe Jakobsen (Copenhagen): Greenland as a Self-governing Sub-national Territory in International Relations: Past, Current and Future Perspectives. No doubt aboot it: Canada is better than America in at least 7 ways. The United States-Canadian border is undefended no more: Violence in Ottawa has thickened a once-seamless border, souring the mood on both sides. How did Mexican food become so popular in the US? “I’ve seen all sorts of horrific things in my time. But none as detrimental to the country as this”: Danielle Marie Mackey on how U.S. conservatives are about to run a dangerous economic experiment in Honduras (and more). A grand canal crossing Nicaragua will generate billions per year for Latin America’s second-poorest country — but will the benefits outweigh the costs of undertaking “the biggest engineering project in human history”? (and more) Cuba-US detente upends life for Cuban dissidents. Guilherme Simoes Reis (UNIRIO): How Leftist Can a Workers Party Be in Government? Uruguay’s Jose Mujica was every liberal's dream president — he was too good to be true. Miguel Centellas (Jackson State): The Santa Cruz Autonomia Movement in Bolivia: A Case of Non-Indigenous Ethnic Popular Mobilization? Sixty-nine-days: Hector Tobar on how the Chilean miners survived.
Anil Gomes and Joshua Shepherd (Oxford) and Matthew Parrott (King’s College): More Dead than Dead? Attributing Mentality to Vegetative State Patients. Craig H. Allen (Washington): Ebola Outbreak Compels Us to Ask: Is the U.S. Prepared to Defend its Maritime Borders Against a Potential Pandemic? Wendy Doniger reviews The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography by Richard H. Davis. Patrick Sweeney on how to be a gunwriter. As pot reaches peak bougie, which stoners get weeded out? What is yoga now, and who has it been for? Linda Besner reviews Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong. No time for games in Europe: Greece can only pay its debts if we enable its economy to return to growth. Putting ads on your magazine cover is a bad precedent — putting native ads on your magazine cover is worse, really a great example of being forced to eat shit. Andrew Rudalevige on rating the presidential rankings. Margaret Hartmann on 100 candidates selected for one-way mission to Mars. The trip treatment: Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results. Finn Janning on True Detective: Pessimism, Buddhism or philosophy? How and why retired politicians get lucrative appointments on corporate boards: New research shows that ex-politicians still cash in, even if they cannot be lobbyists. A look at why species extinction is a great moral wrong.
Laurence Cox (Maynooth): A Whole Way of Struggle? Western Marxisms, Social Movements and Culture. Benjamin Arditi (UNAM): Post-hegemony: Politics Outside the Usual Post-Marxist Paradigm. Joseph Carew (McGill): Ontological Catastrophe: Zizek and the Paradoxical Metaphysics of German Idealism. Like Socrates on steroids, Slavoj Zizek is both breathtakingly perceptive and outrageously irresponsible — is he just out to scandalise? From Socialist Studies, Herbert Pimlott (Wilfrid Laurier): Stuart Hall: An Exemplary Socialist Public Intellectual? Fred Lee (Conn): Vision and Imagination in Radical Democratic Theory: Reflections on Mark Kaswan and Chantal Mouffe. The symbol is dead, long live the symbolic: Axel Andersson reviews Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy by Warren Breckman (and more). From The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Thinking Today, Razmig Keucheyan on Ernesto Laclau: Constructing antagonisms. From Public Seminar, McKenzie Wark on reading Jameson. Robert T. Tally on Fredric Jameson’s ruthless criticism of all that exists. Tom Frost (Sussex): The Dispositif between Foucault and Agamben. Kevin B. Anderson on the Althusserian cul-de-sac. Althusserians Anonymous: The first step to becoming a recovering Althusserian is to recognize that you have no control and are unconsciously always a little bit Althusserian whether you want to be or not (in 4 parts).
Cedric Ryngaert and Mark Zoetekouw (Utrecht): The End of Territory? The Re-emergence of Community as a Principle of Jurisdictional Order in the Internet Era. Ian Bogost on the cathedral of computation: We’re not living in an algorithmic culture so much as a computational theocracy. Andrew White on how the digital economy isn’t helping the poor — it’s a major source of inequality. Brad DeLong on inequality and the Internet. Frank Pasquale on how we're being stigmatized by “big data” scores we don't even know about. The moral hazard of big data: Malcolm Harris reviews The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information by Frank Pasquale. The data sublime: William Davies on the sublime unknowability of big data lets us fall in love with our own domination. Socialize the data centres: Evgeny Morozov, the leading iconoclast of Internet euphoria, recounts his path from schooling in Belarus through training in Bulgaria to NGO work in Central Europe and fame as author of The Net Delusion in the United States. Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job: As Google abandons its past, Internet archivists step in to save our collective memory. Robert Herritt on Luciano Floridi, Google’s philosopher: How an Oxford don is helping the tech giant understand the nature of modern identity — and stay out of court. Luciano Floridi, Oxford Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, says methods for discussing the ethics of information technology have been latent in philosophy from its origins.
Kristyna Michkova (VUB): YouTube Audiences through the Lenses of the Frankfurt School Theory. Corinne Hui Yun Tan (Melbourne): Lawrence Lessig v Liberation Music Pty Ltd: YouTube's Hand (or Bots) in the Over-Zealous Enforcement of Copyright. Michael Sugarman on the true cost of YouTube's Library of Everything. Audra Schroeder on the accidental poetry of Sad YouTube. The creature and the sovereign: Diego Rossello reviews On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald and The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty by Eric Santner. Stuart Whatley on the nuances of nonbelief: The fact that alleged Chapel Hill shooter Craig Hicks is a professed atheist has exposed troubling contradictions in how the media often covers religion — or, in this case, the lack thereof. The discovery of individuality: Wolfgang Sohst on a short history of human personal identity. Heather Havrilesky on fifty shades of late capitalism. Mark Greif on what’s wrong with public intellectuals. What is the universe? Real physics has some mind-bending answers. Where did time come from, and why does it seem to flow? New theories suggest the big bang was not the beginning, and that we may live in the past of a parallel universe. Curtis Sittenfeld 24 things no one tells you about book publishing. Joseph Stromberg on the forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of "jaywalking". A look at David Carr’s last word on journalism, aimed at students.
Ismail Idowu Salih (Middlesex): The Tension Between Prevention of Terrorism and Protection of Human Rights. How much of a state is the Islamic State? Quinn Mecham investigates. Does the Islamic State believe in sovereignty? The Islamic State's ideology puts it fundamentally at odds with the norms of Westphalian sovereignty that have developed in the international system over the past three centuries. This is how we send jihadis to Europe: Mike Giglio speaks to an ISIS operative in Turkey about the group’s efforts to smuggle fighters to the West. Eli Lake on how foreign recruits are Islamic State’s cannon fodder. Scenes from daily life inside ISIS: Molly Crabapple sketches a source’s descriptions and images of life in Mosul, an Iraqi city transformed under militant control. Why do women in the West turn to the Islamic State? For the same reasons as men (and more). Islam isn’t innately violence-prone, and Muslims aren’t inclined to murder, but most of today's terrorism is carried out by Islamists — why? Daniel Hyslop on what data tells us about terrorism. Karen DeYoung on the anatomy of a failed hostage rescue deep into Islamic State territory. Want to hurt the Islamic State? Here’s how. Oliver Miles reviews Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts by Jonathan Powell. The line between terrorism and mental illness: It’s natural to see terrorism and counter-terrorism as an international drama of violence and retribution — but we need to look at personal factors, too. Can potential terrorists be “rehabilitated”? Graeme Wood on what ISIS really wants: The group's apocalyptic religious ideology is the key to understanding its strategy.