Kenneth Einar Himma (Washington): I Can't Help What I Believe: The Moral Case Against Religious Exclusivist Doctrines. Jyotirmaya Sharma (Hyderabad): My Religion Is Less Violent than Yours: Myth, History and the Representation of Violence. Balbinder Singh Bhogal (Hofstra): The Facts of Colonial Modernity and the Story of Sikhism. Bruce Lawrence (Duke): Rethinking Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Civilizational Moorings/Cosmopolitan Options (and more). Carole Baker (Duke): Must We Mean What We Make? Freedom and Responsibility in Artistic Practice; Or, Can We Think Ethically about Depicting the Prophet Muhammad? Yuval Jobani (Tel Aviv) and Nahshon Perez (Bar Ilan): Women of the Wall: A Normative Analysis of the Place of Religion in the Public Sphere. The introduction to Human Nature and Jewish Thought: Judaism’s Case for Why Persons Matter by Alan L. Mittleman. Giuliana Chamedes on Catholics, anti-Semitism, and the human rights swerve. Gerald O’Collins reviews Vatican II: Catholic Doctrines on Jews and Muslims by Gavin D’Costa. The introduction to Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz by John Marenbon.
Keith Woodward and Mario Bruzzone (Wisconsin): Touching Like a State. Iran’s attempt to develop nuclear weapons will not be the last challenge faced in a journey that began with the world’s first fission bomb test during World War II (and more and more and more). Kevin Baker on why German economic thought made the Greek crisis inevitable. Jurgen Habermas says Angela Merkel is “gambling away” Germany's reputation over Greece. Elizabeth Nolan Brown on why we should encourage women who have abortions to donate fetal tissue to science. Atticus Finch offers a lesson in Southern politics: What the beloved literary character seems to have in common with Strom Thurmond. From The Upshot, Wilson Andrews and Alicia Parlapiano on which presidential candidates are winning the money race so far; and Kim Soffen on how Bush and Trump are opposites on ideological consistency (and more). Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: The trolls are winning the battle for the Internet (and more).
Jasmine B. Gonzales Rose (Pittsburgh): Race Inequity Fifty Years Later: Language Rights Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Moynihan Report at Fifty: Stephen Steinberg on the long reach of intellectual racism. Emily Badger on why America can’t talk about segregation today if we can’t say how it was created in the past: A 1968 national report said what can't be said today: White society helped create the ghetto. David Leonhardt on middle-class black families, in low-income neighborhoods. As public sector employment, once a dependable pathway to success for many blacks, was cut in the downturn, African-American communities suffered an outsize toll. A survey finds most Americans believe protests make the country better; support decreases significantly if protesters are identified as black. Atiba R. Ellis (West Virginia): Reviving the Dream: Equality and the Democratic Promise in the Post-Civil Rights Era. If America wants real progress on equality, it has to get serious.
How race is conjured: Barbara J. Fields and Karen E. Fields on how the fiction of race hides the real source of racism and inequity in America today. The racism beat: Cord Jefferson on what it’s like to write about hate over and over and over. Racism’s psychological toll: Jenna Wortham interviews Monnica Williams on racial trauma and its consequences. Protesting too much: Randall L. Kennedy on the trouble with Black Power revisionism. Benjamin Wallace-Wells profiles Ta-Nehisi Coates (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Cornel West delivers blistering takedown of Ta-Nehisi Coates; Michael Eric Dyson responds. Zenzele Isoke on how black intellectualism is more than big (male) egos. Corey Robin on how Clarence Thomas has fused elements of black nationalism and a bleak view of black history with a steadfast Constitutional originalism.
From Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, a special issue on the White Man’s Burden “After Race”. Andrew Pierce (Sacred Heart): The Myth of the White Minority. What is whiteness? Our search for understanding in matters of race automatically inclines us toward blackness — but the answers lie in the construction of whiteness. Why are white racists always called “white trash"? Frank Guan wonders. Why are so many mass shootings committed by young white men? Josiah M. Hesse wants to know. How to keep racism in place: Donovan X. Ramsey interviews Robin DiAngelo, author of What Does it Mean to be White? What the 1920s tell us about Dolezal and racial illogic: Carla Kaplan on how white women wanting to pass as black enter a zone of deep cultural paradox. Maybe white people really don’t see race — maybe that’s the problem. John McWhorter on why black people should stop expecting white America to “wake up” to racism. Dear white people: We are all Atticus Finch.
The latest issue of Indi@logs: Spanish Journal of India Studies is out. Beatrice Jauregui (Toronto): Just War: The Metaphysics of Police Vigilantism in India. Amartya Sen on the stormy revival of an international university (and more and more and more). Taylor Dibbert on the rise of Narendra Modi. Ananya Vajpeyi interviews Pankaj Mishra on how modern India looks at its premodernity. Rebecca Leber on India’s war on environmental activists. Shoaib Daniyal on an India-Bangla land swap: Was the world’s strangest border created by a game of chess? “Whoever raises their head suffers the most”: An article on workers’ rights in Bangladesh’s garment factories. Omer Aziz on what Pakistan must do to rid itself of violent extremism. Ahmed Rashid on the fierce pressures facing Pakistan. A thin line of defense against “honor killings”: Alissa Rubin on how women’s shelters are one of the most provocative legacies of the Western presence in Afghanistan. Shannon Sutton on think tanks and universities: The South Asian context.
From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Philosophy and Gun Control. James Rowe, Jessica Dempsey, and Peter Gibbs (Victoria): The Power of Fossil Fuel Divestment (and its Secret). Daniel Larison on why the deal with Iran is a serious blow to threat inflation (and more and more and more and more). A memo from the International Monetary Fund may finally force eurozone members to move closer to fiscal union or break up. Barry Eichengreen on saving Greece, saving Europe (and more). Here is the Euro-Summit agreement on Greece annotated by Yanis Varoufakis. The chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign is worried about two things: Jeb Bush and the “psychosis of the media”. Meet Teresa Ghilarducci, Hillary Clinton’s least-likely adviser. Jonathan Chait on how Donald Trump destroyed the Republican Party’s best-laid plans (and more). Matthew Yglesias on how Trumpism would be the perfect ideology for a third party. Welcome to Voat: Reddit killer, troll haven, and the strange face of internet free speech.
Melanie Reid (Lincoln Memorial): Crime and Punishment, a Global Concern: Who Does It Best and Does Isolation Really Work? (and more) Michele Goodwin (UC-Irvine): Invisible Women: Mass Incarceration’s Forgotten Casualties. Josef Montag (Mendel) and Tomas Sobek (Masaryk): Should Paris Hilton Receive a Lighter Prison Sentence Because She’s Rich? (and more). David Honeywell (York): Doing Time with Lifers: A Reflective Study of Life Sentence Prisoners. Inside Rikers Island, by the people who live it. Dana Liebelson on a terrifying glimpse into life in prison — as a kid. Quinn Norton on exploring American incarceration. The war on thugs: Jason Stanley on how propaganda fuels our prison problem. Howard Lovy reviews The United States of Incarceration: The Criminal Justice Assault on Minorities, the Poor, and the Mentally Ill by Tim Anderson (and more and more). Gabriel Arkles (Northeastern): Regulating Prison Sexual Violence. “Suck dick, fight or quit doing gay shit”: Anna Merlan on the Texas prison rape problem (and more). Alice Li on how caring for horses could provide a better path for inmates (and more and more).
Ramy Elitzur (Toronto): Is Moneyball a Myth? A “Bang for the Buck” Analysis of Major League Baseball Teams and General Managers. Susan Logan Nelson and Steven Dennis (North Dakota): Performance or Profit: A Dilemma for Major League Baseball. William O’Connor on how Bud Selig almost ruined baseball. Can baseball’s new commissioner actually change the game? Kiley Kroh on how football forced Major League Baseball to wake up on domestic violence. Average baseball salary tops $4 million — players should be making even more. Barry Petchesky on how MLB’s attempts to speed up the game appear to be working. The records that seem unlikeliest to fall are a combination of an extraordinary player and fundamental shifts in the game. Steven Roberts reviews Knuckleball: The History of the Unhittable Pitch by Lew Freedman. The greatest forgotten home run of all time: Martin Espada on myth, race, and the legacy of Roberto Clemente. Natasha Geiling on the urban farming trend that’s taking over Major League Baseball.
Carrie-Ann Biondi (Marymount Manhattan): Three Enemies of Capitalism: Part I and Part II. Lars Christensen on the euro as a monetary strangulation mechanism. Alex Gourevitch on the Greek package and the preference for technocratic domination over popular sovereignty. Harris Mylonas on the agreekment that could break Europe: Euroskeptics, Eurocritics, and life after the bailout. A look at why Saudi Arabia and Israel oppose Iran nuclear deal (and more and more). Peter Beinart on why Republicans are so mad about Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran (and more and more). Justin Salhani on the “insane” plan for more useable nuclear weapons. Pentagon confirms plans to lift ban on transgender military service. From Jacobin, here is a guide to the French Revolution. A party of latecomers: Francis Mulhern etches the portrait of the Brooklyn-based n+1, which has been both forerunner and intellectual flagship of this effervescence. Alexandrea Boguhn and Hannah Groch-Begley on 3 deceptive edits in the video claiming Planned Parenthood is “selling aborted baby parts” (and more).
Ana Swanson on the greatest threat of planetary extinction that we’re all not talking about. Daniel Oberhaus on the underfunded, disorganized plan to save Earth from the next giant asteroid. Caleb Scharf on life beyond the pale blue dot: Our own oasis of life in the cosmos is blue, but will others be? Rob Beschizza on the flag we’ll use to colonize the galaxy. What’s behind the dream of colonizing Mars? Elizabeth Kolbert on Project Exodus. Thomas Levenson on Pluto’s misbehaving moons: These two chaotic bodies engage a mystery as old as human fascination with the motions of the heavens. The New Horizons Pluto mission is a big deal — here are 7 reasons why. Dennis Overbye on reaching Pluto, and the end of an era of planetary exploration. David W. Brown on the dark future of American space exploration: NASA’s golden age is about to come to a thudding halt. Margaret Lazarus Dean mourns the loss of the space shuttle, NASA’s 40-year embarrassment (and more and more).
From New York, Jonathan Chait on the Party of Andrew Jackson vs. the Party of Obama, and on Rick Perry, Republicans, and the African-American vote. Brian Beutler on how the Republican Party is still trying to decide if minorities matter. Why does immigration divide the GOP along lines of education and age? The GOP doesn’t have a Donald Trump problem — it has an angry conservative base problem (and more). Jelani Cobb on how Donald Trump is a rapper. Heath W. Carter on how Scott Walker's evangelical faith and union-busting do not go hand in hand. Jonathan Allen on why Scott Walker is the perfect Republican (and more). Americans already work more than our European counterparts, but Jeb Bush wants us to work more for the collective good — who’s the socialist now? The Jeb Bush formula: Andrew Prokop on how the staunch conservative learned to talk moderate — and win. Rick Santorum proposes constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.