Rafael Ziegler (Greifswald): Crooked Wood, Straight Timber: Kant, Development and Nature. Louis E. Wolcher (Washington): An Inquiry into the Possibility of an Ethical Politics. Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Constructing a Critical Political Theory. Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY): Class and Political Philosophy. Lenart Skof (Primorska): In Dialogue for Democracy: R. M. Unger’s Pragmatist Vision of Democratic Experimentalism and Explorations of Democracy in Luce Irigaray. Henrik Friberg-Fernros (Gothenburg): Abortion and the Limits of Political Liberalism. Rafal Wonicki (Warsaw): Cosmopolitanism and Liberalism: Kant and Contemporary Liberal Cosmopolitanism. Roland Axtmann (Swansea): Democracy and Globality. Julie Mostov (Drexel): Rethinking Borders, Violence, and Space. A review of Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward W. Soja. Beyond rights and borders: An interview with Onora O'Neill. Here are papers from a conference on Territory and Justice. From Quadrant, James Allan on intimations of the decline of democracy; Paul Monk on the open society and its friends; and an appreciation of Isaiah Berlin’s life and work. From Dissent, Rafael Khachaturian on Isaiah Berlin. The overarching telos of liberalism has been reached, and we are left with liberal society as an assortment of private teloi — where now? A review of A Brief History of Liberty by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan. A review of Are Liberty and Equality Compatible? by Jan Narveson and James P. Sterba. A review of Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists by Daniel Dorling (and more). More on G. A. Cohen's Rescuing Justice and Equality. From Variant, Femi Folorunso remembers Brian Barry. From The Utopian, too much justice: An interview with Harvey C. Mansfield. A review of Philosophy and Real Politics by Raymond Geuss. Leo Strauss is back and better than ever in new recordings and transcripts of his political philosophy lectures.

From TLS, a review of The Oxford Book of Parodies (and more); and a review of Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing by Tim Parks. The magnetic appeal of a meaningful life: A sense one’s life has meaning increases one’s allure in social situations. A review of Cake: A Global History by Nicola Humble. From World Press Review, Joseph Kirschke on BP's Other Disaster (and part 2). An interview with Rosalind Cartwright, author of The Twenty-four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives. The YIMBYS: Five places saying "yes, in my backyard" to the nasty stuff that no one else wants. A review of True Prep: It's A Whole New Old World by Lisa Birnbach. Atlas Obscura visits the unfinished Monument to Humanity for peace between Turkey and Armenia, long divided by a dispute over genocide. Gadget Lab looks at the secret histories of those @#$%ing computer symbols. In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Americans cried out for catharsis, and the 9/11 Commission delivered — what we are left with is an ill-conceived bureacracy in the guise of reform. Dying for fame: Acclaim after death may be the coldest of comfort. Even when foreign-language science fiction seems to cater for anglophone tastes, it seldom crosses borders — it may not suit everyone's palate, but what can it tell us about the state of the genre? A look at how books are losing out to the algorithms of love. Too many cheeses can drive society crackers: Slovenian scholar Renata Salecl tells Matthew Reisz about the paralysing effects of the Western ideology du jour, the "tyranny of choice".

A new issue of Education is out. A new issue of the International Journal of Multicultural Education is out. Anastasia Stamoglou (Birmingham): The Battle of the Books: Canon and Literary Tradition in Literature School Textbooks. From Rethinking Schools, a special section on the power of poetry. What they're doing after Harvard: Teach for America now attracts 12% of all Ivy League seniors — the program's founder explains why it beats working on Wall Street. A review of The Making of an Educational Conservative by E.D. Hirsch. An Episcopalian, an atheist, and a Jew walk into a Catholic school: Meet the (non-Catholic) patron saints of inner-city Catholic education. A review of Americans All: The Cultural Gifts Movement by Diana Selig. Jonah Lehrer on how preschool changes the brain. With test scores down and the dropout rate up, everyone’s looking to fix Texas’ schools; has a Turkish Muslim who has been influenced by the teachings of obscure philosopher Fethullah Gulen found an answer? The self-esteem movement may be silly, but social scientists should exercise caution in diagnosing a so-called epidemic among young people. From Time, a look at the case against summer vacations. From Gifted Child Quarterly, a special issue on revisiting gifted education myths. Separate but equal: More schools are dividing classes by gender. What we could learn from India and Korea: Martha Nussbaum on how both nations understand how to educate children the right way. Is firing (a lot of) teachers the only way to improve public schools? Needs Improvement: The Numbers Guy Carl Bialik on where teacher report cards fall short (and more). Between Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, which Founding Father did the most — by far — to promote and shape the future of public education in America?

A new issue of Edge is out. Alfred G. Cuzan (West Florida): Will the Republicans Retake the House in 2010? For the 10th-anniversary issue of The Chronicle Review, a series of scholars write about the defining idea of the next decade, including Jaron Lanier on the end of human specialness; Peter Singer on how the Internet will set you free; Yi-Fu Tuan on a new cosmopolitanism; Mary Beard on the Dark Ages — or, rather, how to prevent them; and Steve Landsburg on putting ideas to work. The Covenant: Francis Collins, a fervent Christian, thought he had resolved the stem-cell debate — a federal judge disagreed. Charlie Rose interviews Tony Judt from his home three weeks before his death of ALS. The newest Twitter celebrity is bright green, heavily muscled, and often described as “incredible” despite his anger-management problem, the Incredible Hulk. Gavin McInnes writes in defense of stoning. N1FR is the new online film supplement from n+1, and the first edition features essays on contemporary films and filmmakers. Flood Tides: Steve Coll on the best way to help Pakistan. An interview with Jay Rosen on the press and its failings. Start the school year right: Forget these 10 language laws. The Proto-Internet of 1704: Jack Shafer on the small ways in which Colonial newspapers anticipated the Web. An interview with David Plotz and Chris Wilson on Slate Labs: “When you build the data yourself, you can be fairly certain no one else is going to have the story.” The rise and fall of American Apparel: The ethical clothing firm founded by controversial CEO Dov Charney is facing bankruptcy. From Vanity Fair, Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury: Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, Michael Joseph Gross delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits — a place of fear, anger, and illusion.

From Neo-Victorian Studies, Nadine Muller (Hull): Not My Mother’s Daughter: Matrilinealism, Third-wave Feminism and Neo-Victorian Fiction. From Psychology and Society, Petra Steiner and Barbara Pichler (Vienna): Objective Hermeneutic: Methodological Reflections on Social Structures in Women's Lives (and a response); and Julia Riegler (Vienna): Re-Constructing Women’s Experiences of Sexual Pain: The "Deviant" Body as an Object of Cultural Psychological and Feminist Consideration (and two responses). Two steps forward, one step back: Do women have the clout that they ought to in progressive politics? A review of Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World by Hester Eisenstein (and more). From Big Think's blog Dollars and Sex, do women really value income over looks in a mate? A review of Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture by Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo. Kerry Howley reviews Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century by Sheila Rowbotham's and Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Tenth Anniversary Edition by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. From Shameless, are sororities empowering, feminist organizations, or destructive, conformist cults? A review of Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine. An interview with Chris Bobel, author of New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. The political wing of the women’s sports movement is accustomed to challenging timid bureaucrats and university administrators, but in taking on TV sports coverage, they are challenging the market itself. Ladies, gaga: A look at what drag is doing for women. All style, no substance: Feminists have a fraught relationship with Michelle Obama's political agenda — or lack thereof.