From Ethics and Politics, a special section on Supererogation and the Limits of Moral Obligations. Veena Das (Johns Hopkins): Ethics as An Expression of Life as a Whole. Skye Cleary interviews Massimo Pigliucci, author of How to Be a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living. Stephen Finlay (USC): Defining Normativity. Mark Rowlands (Miami): What is Moral Enhancement? Archer Alfred (Tilburg): Forgiveness and the Limits of Duty. Oriel FeldmanHall (Brown), Tim Dalgleish, Davy Evans, and Lauren Navrady (Cambridge), and Ellen Tedeschi and Dean Mobbs (Columbia): Moral Chivalry: Gender and Harm Sensitivity Predict Costly Altruism.

Jonathan Phillips and Fiery Cushman (Harvard): Morality Constrains the Default Representation of What is Possible. Margaret Boone Rappaport (HSP) and Chris Corbally (Arizona): Did Morality First Evolve in Homo erectus? Moral grandstanding: There’s a lot of it about, all of it bad. Linch Zhang interviews Peter Singer on moral objectivity, malaria, climate change, existential risks, and doing your “personal best” when it comes to helping others. On Humean nature: Linch Zhang interviews Neil Sinhababu on desire, possible girls and the nature of human motivation. The introduction to The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians by Bart Schultz.

Gideon Elford (Oxford): The Coherence of Luck Egalitarianism. Katharina Bauer (Groningen): To be or Not to be Authentic: In Defence of Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal. Caleb Bernacchio (IESE): Morality: Between Taboo and Ideology. P.D. Magnus and Jon Mandle (SUNY-Albany): What Kind of Is-Ought Gap is There and What Kind Ought There Be? Cory J. Clark and Roy Baumeister (Florida State), Adam B. Shniderman (TCU), Jamie B Luguri (Chicago), and Peter H. Ditto (UC-Irvine): Are Morally Good Actions Ever Free? The inadequacies of the invincible: On the failure of Stoic ethics. True altruism seen in chimpanzees, giving clues to evolution of human cooperation.

Frederic R. Kellogg (UFPE): Take the Trolley Problem Please: Pragmatism, Moral Particularism, and the Continuum of Normative Inquiry. Sergio Tenenbaum (Toronto): The Guise of the Good. Marc Krellenstein (Northeastern): Moral Nihilism and its Implications. Hilary Greaves and Toby Ord (Oxford): Moral Uncertainty about Population Axiology. Mark Wells (Mount Holyoke): Markets with Some Limits. Daniel Austin Mullins (Oxford) et al.: A Systematic Assessment of the Axial Age: Thesis for the Emergence of Moralizing Religious Thoughts. You can download Applied Ethics: The Past, Present and Future of Applied Ethics (2016).


American Idiot: Nicholas Baer on rethinking anti-intellectualism in the age of Trump. Yes, Trump’s diehard supporters just want to piss you off. Behold our “child king”: Republicans need to start thinking of themselves as a shadow government. Cultural warlord Trump goes on the offensive. Trump has picked the dumbest political fight ever. Trump gives up on GOP lawmakers. “I alone can fix it” becomes “it’s not my fault”. Trump’s Samson option: Since Trump’s rage is his singular trait, he’ll likely seek to destroy those around him even if he goes down too — and you’re one of those people around him. Why Ryan and McConnell are more afraid of Trump than he is of them: How the GOP civil war might play out. Joy-Ann Reed on why Republicans must pay for Trump.

Trump’s figurehead presidency is driving a new authoritarianism: As Trump demeans his office, power is moving to the streets and to the military. Truth, lies and numbness: This is how autocrats cement their power — they distract you. Fascism, American style: How many Republicans will refuse to collaborate? Ewan McGaughey (King’s College): Fascism-Lite in America (or the Social Ideal of Donald Trump). “It’s just that when you accuse him of ideological Nazism or Confederate sympathy or whatever, you’re flattering him. You’re granting him more depth and dimension than he contains, infinitely more. He’s just a brainstem. President Lizard”.


From International Affairs, Jamie J. Hagen (UMass): Queering Women, Peace and Security. Yuvraj Joshi (Yale): “Being LGBTI” in International Development. Paul Johnson (York): Are Gay Rights Human Rights? From ZED Books, Shyun Jeong Ahn questions how we might study the Queer in North Korea; Sara Shroff looks at recent third-gender legalization in postcolonial Pakistan within contemporary Islamic capitalism; and Ausma Bernotaite looks at the issues surrounding Legal Gender Recognition (LGR) in China. Pride Uganda has been crushed — please don’t look away. Masha Gessen on why autocrats fear LGBT rights.


Kevin T. Smiley (SUNY-Buffalo) and Michael Oluf Emerson (North Park): Market Cities, People Cities, and a Spirit of Urban Capitalism: The Cases of Copenhagen and Houston. From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a symposium on Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing by Jamie McCallum. Samsung's chief was just sent to prison by a South Korean court — that’s a big deal. Elite politesse: Kyle Paoletta on the New Yorker style as content-generation machine. Bots on Wikipedia wage edit wars between themselves that last for years. Susan Shell reviews Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom, and the Human Subject by Richard Eldridge.

Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water. Hurricane Harvey threatens more than you think. Trump rescinded Obama’s flood risk rules weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit.


From Congressional Research Service, a report on Confederate Names and Military Installations. John Levi Barnard on American monuments and the residue of history. Donald Trump’s identity politics: The more white voters care about being white, the more they like President Trump. Former skinheads hear echoes of their recruitment in Trump’s “heritage” talk. Henry Rollins: Get ready, because another Charlottesville is coming. Is “mass nonviolent action” needed to fight white supremacists? Civil rights hero John Lewis speaks out. “We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation”: Joe Biden calls on Americans to do what President Trump has not.


The insidious libertarian-to-alt-Right pipeline: Is it just a phase they go through — or is there something about libertarianism that attracts, well, uh, you know, racist kooks? Samuel Hammond on explaining white nationalism’s anti-statist bedfellows. Libertarians find their limits: “The free market is okay when its hegemons are right-wing — what’s good for General Motors and all that — but when it starts siding with liberals, something’s got to be done”. What are the costs of libertarianism? Claire Potter reviews Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean (and more and more).


Phoenix New Times: “We’ve been covering Joe Arpaio for more than 20 years. Here’s a couple of things you should know about him” (and more). Wait, do people actually know just how evil this man is? Bob Bauer on the Arpaio pardon. If he’ll pardon Arpaio, why wouldn’t Trump pardon those who ignore Robert Mueller? (and more) Arpaio pardon may be opening act of a constitutional crisis. Noah Feldman on how the Arpaio pardon shows contempt for constitution. Trump’s long interest in Arpaio’s case is a bad sign for his regard for rule of law. Quinta Jurecic: “Lots to say about Trump, Arpaio, the rule of law, and the concentration camp/the space of the border as the state of exception”. The problem with Joe Arpaio’s pardon isn’t the process — the problem is Joe Arpaio. How will the Supreme Court respond to the Arpaio pardon?

Why the Arpaio pardon matters: The president chose to pardon a public official using state power for racist ends. Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is a clear and ugly message to Hispanic Americans. The disturbing lessons of Trump’s shameful Arpaio pardon. “Conservative Contrarian” Charles Sykes on hy the pardon of Joe Arpaio was worse than you think. Thread: “Why the ‘Arpaio is a distraction’ take is both heartless and irresponsible. Also 1) we can multitask 2) corruption ties offenses together”. Joe Arpaio's pardon defended by a “whataboutism” that doesn’t hold up. If you voted for Donald Trump, you voted to pardon Joe Arpaio. “this pro-choice ad is really powerful”.

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