A review of The Death of Socrates by Emily Wilson. From TPM, Robin Waterfield argues for the philosophical credentials of Xenophon, a neglected chronicler of Socrates (and more); Giorgio Baruchello on Giambattista Vico, arguably Italy’s greatest ever philosopher; John Haldane examines the remarkable intellectual impact of the Scottish enlightenment; an article on Anthony Kenny, one of the towering figures of late twentieth century British philosophy; Tim Thornton grapples with a philosophers’ philosopher with John McDowell's Having the World in View and The Engaged Intellect (and more); Julian Baggini demands that Peter Singer defend his demanding call for much more charity; and Susan Blackmore takes Baggini on the trip of a lifetime. A review of Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou (and more and more; and more on Bertrand Russell, the thinking person's superhero). Last Things: James V. Schall, S.J. on the life of the philosopher. Brooke Lewis finds perception matches reality when it comes to women in philosophy. Great minds think America: Australian-trained philosophers are in big demand among US universities. When a philosophy department receives more than 600 applications for a tenure-track opening, how does it make a decision? Makers of new documentary "The Philosopher Kings" traveled to Princeton, Cornell, and Berkeley, to record the wisdom of the janitors. Is Astra Taylor’s examined life worth watching? Socrates in the sun: A Dubai philosophical society looks on the bright side.


Christopher Klemek (GWU): The Rise and Fall of New Left Urbanism. What a city needs: A review of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City by Anthony Flint (and an interview; and more on Jacobs). Why it's a good thing Frank Gehry isn't going to design Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards development. A park grows in Brooklyn: Michael van Valkenburgh takes back New York’s waterfront. Detroit's Future: Will the once-great American city recover? (and more in pictures) Forest Hills Gardens is a walkable, transit-oriented, architecturally rich planned community, built 100 years ago. How decent bike parking could revolutionize American cities. All over America, cities are becoming vast playgrounds for practitioners of parkour. Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities", city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. From Forbes, a special report on the 21st Century City, including Joel Kotkin on world capitals of the future; and Lawrence Osborne on sex and the city of the future. The megalopolis as fantasy machine. Slums are good for cities: The world's booming mega-cities are facing a crisis, but the solution is not to clear slums, but to support them. Can architecture heal a city? Hamburg hopes its new half-a-billion-dollar concert venue, Elbphilharmonie, will help unite the city. The architect of 9/11: In Aleppo, Syria, Mohamed Atta thought he could build the ideal Islamic city. A remarkable architectural endeavour, South Korea's Paju Book City is a place of pilgrimage for anyone who delights in those old information technologies.


From Standpoint, Jonathan Bate on the character of Englishness. A review of Aristocrats: Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present by Lawrence James (and more). From Prospect, for 300 years Britain's best minds have fretted over the threat of national bankruptcy; how worried should we be today? A review of The Cosmopolitan Interior: Liberalism and the British Home 1870-1914. More on A Radical History of Britain by Edward Vallance. When the lights went out: A review of Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia by Francis Wheen (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). We are hungry for initiatives that will remake our world, but not since the 18th century has Britain’s intellectual cupboard been so bare. Julian Baggini considers the politics of making mistakes and how Britain can move towards a more mature mistake-making culture. Fleet Street goes out with le whimper: An era's end in London passes with a shrug, and an insult or two. A review of The Country Formerly Known As Great Britain by Ian Jack (and more). Britain's new Supreme Court: Why has a fundamental change in the constitution been so little reported and debated? Britain's national goal of reducing child poverty was a political success — did it work? A review of Oxford Revisited: A City Revisited by Justin Cartwright (and more). A review of The Smell of the Continent: The British Discover Europe by Richard Mullen and James Munson.


From Wired, a guide to hoaxes: How to give and take a joke. Fear of a Mouse Planet: What Disney’s acquisition of Marvel means for the house of ideas (and more). As the Internet becomes a jukebox for every imaginable type of video, producers and advertisers are discovering that users will watch for more than two minutes at a time. The first chapter from Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk by James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer. A review of Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). David Segal on the kinship between talk radio and rap: The two forms share more than you think — just don’t tell the practitioners. The Craziest Town Hall Ever: What happens when ultra-religious neocon Michele Bachmann co-hosts a town-hall meeting with anti-authority libertarian Ron Paul? David Weigel on how the fear of fascism and the "gay agenda" dominates the “How to Take Back America” conference (and more). An interview with Mike Rogers, the man who outs closeted right-wing politicians. Sex, flies and videotape: Muslim creationist, cult leader, Dawkins' nemesis, messiah — Halil Arda tracks down the real Harun Yahya. Keyboards, codes and the search for optimality: In biology, as in technology, we should not confuse persistence with perfection. Popular fairy tales and folk stories are more ancient than was previously thought, according research by biologists (and more).

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