Mindaugas Stoskus (Vilnius): Disciplines of Political Philosophy and Political Science: Antagonism, Cooperation or Indifference? Eric Schliesser on a working definition of political theory (and five main tasks) and on the absence of method(s) in analytic (political) philosophy. From the Franklin Humanities Institute, a symposium on the Future of Political Theory, including Chris Kennedy (Duke): Revisiting Its Past and Some Thoughts About Its Future; Alexandra Oprea (Duke): The Normative Science of Politics; Samuel Bagg (McGill): Political Theory as an Anti-discipline; Nora Hanagan (Duke): American Political Thought in the Trump Era; and Michael Allen Gillespie (Duke): Using the Canon to Prepare for Tomorrow. Sarah Scoffield interviews Christian Barry, editor of the Journal of Political Philosophy.

Facundo Vega (Cornell): Sheldon Wolin’s (In)Vocations: Dichotomies, Paradoxes, and the Mystery of Politics. Pietro Maffettone (Durham): Of Blood, Oil, and Engaged Political Philosophy. Brian Ellis on humanism as a political philosophy. Skye C Cleary on how Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today. The first chapter from Political Theory and Film: From Adorno to Zizek by Ian Fraser. Olivia Goldhill on the five philosophers who will shape global politics in 2018. What, if anything, is wrong with private money in political philosophy? John Tomasi on the Political Theory Project and the essence of Brown. Political philosophy isn’t just for college students, it’s making my students stronger readers.


Eric Goldman (Santa Clara): Emojis and the Law. Akane Kanai (Newcastle): Beyond Repudiation: Feeling Feminist in Girlfriendly Spaces. Steve Bannon is done wrecking the American establishment — now he wants to destroy Europe’s. You hate Martin Shkreli — that’s sort of the problem. Martin Shkreli’s going away, America’s drug-price problem isn’t. “Gentismo” not “populismo”: Nadia Urbinati on Italy’s Five Star Movement. Scott McLemee on Hayden White, the author of Metahistory, one of the most influential books in the humanities over the past four decades (and more). On trade, our former partners are moving on without us. A messiah-cum-surrogate-dad for gormless dimwits: Houman Barekat reviews 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson.

In a personal letter, Trump invited Putin to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. One night with Stormy Daniels, the hero America needs. Amid stories about Trump’s alleged past sexual activity, administration focuses on abstinence-only education. When the going gets tough, Trump goes it alone. With key aides headed for the exits, Trump set to make more solo decisions. We have plenty to worry about: Trump feels liberated to act on his impulses. If President Trump is making your news diet too heavy on chaos, here’s how to slim down.


From Vox, how South Korea’s president pulled the US and North Korea back from the brink of war; and conservatives hated it when Obama said he’d meet with North Korea — guess what they say now. What to consider before celebrating Trump’s meeting with North Korea. Three key questions about Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un. The 3 big obstacles to success if Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet. North Korea won’t give up its nuclear weapons — the U.S. has three good reasons to talk anyway. A meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un could be a major opportunity — if Trump actually prepares for it.

North Korea is the ultimate test of Trump’s dealmaking. What deals has Trump actually gotten done as president? The case for pessimism about Trump’s North Korea meeting. Great opportunity or trap? 12 experts weigh in on the Trump-Kim summit. Senators worry Trump will get played by Kim Jong-Un. With snap “yes” in Oval Office, Trump gambles on North Korea (and more). Thread: “On the Trump-Kim Summit: Summits normally come at the end of a long series of negotiations at lower levels in which lots of devils in the details r hammered out. Trump, always the publicity-seeker, is just diving right in, which is why the Korea analyst community is responding”.

White House appears to backtrack on Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong Un (and more). Trump is mad about his impulsive decision to meet with Kim Jong-un. The madman summit: Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un — what could go wrong? Trump goes it alone on North Korea — what could go wrong, other than nuclear war? “It’s like Richard Nixon going to China, but if Nixon were a moron”: The Trump-Kim summit won’t end well. Whatever comes next, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un can claim a win against Trump. If Trump is meeting with North Korean president Kim Jong Un, then Dennis Rodman needs to be there.

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