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From New Zealand, on Antonio Gramsci and the pacification
of contemporary Maori protest. From Japan, on Kant
and the envy of the future. From Israel, some thoughts on the clash
of civilizations. From South Africa, the world is facing mega-ethical
problems. From Sierra Leone, on the dawn
of a West Africa culture revolution. From Canada, on how nanotechnology's
potential risks and rewards need to be better understood. From
Madagascar, although he may be politically inexperienced, 54-year-old President
Marc Ravalomanana is no hothead. From India, it's never been cooler
than now to
be one with the divine. LSE's Robert Cassen on India
with 1.5 billion people, and Martti Ahtisaari on the EU
keeping faith with Turkey. From Business Week, part 2 of an interview
with Richard Armitage. Bob Herbert on protecting
the vote: 1-866-OUR VOTE. Should dementia sufferers be
allowed to vote? On Zell Miller as the Peckerwood
Pericles. Julian Sanchez on what
makes news online. And life coaching has become a boom industry. But
does it actually work?
[Sep 14] From Europe, Jean-Claude Juncker is confirmed as Mr. Euro, and former Irish PM John Bruton is confirmed as ambassador to the US. From Australia, the children of the divorce boom should be settling down, but increasingly they're not. From Spain, Javier Marias on how to remember, how to forget. Ariel Dorfman on why Chile is hopeful. Columns from Project Syndicate, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Pérez Ezquivel on the eternal debts in Latin America, Ahn Byung-joon on America's retreat from Asia, Robert Shiller on the First World's sudden fear of emerging countries, and Joseph Nye on how the Bush administration's impatience with institutions and allies undercuts its own objectives. Wrong-Way Bush: In the war on terror, the worst defense is a bad offense. Joseph Biden on how a President Kerry won't thumb his nose at the rest of the world, while Zig-zag Zell Miller will never trust Kerry with his family's safety. Slate takes a look at New Mexico as a swing state. And cities need a back-to-basics strategy. Catering to art-loving yuppies just won't work
[Sep 13] From Great Britain, on how political correctness is stubbing out our liberty, and David Aaronovitch reviews Frank Furedi's Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? From the United States, the death of Neo-Nazi Richard Butler marks the end of an era, and a review of The New Mainstream. From Pakistan, Bishop Anthony Lobo on religion and world peace. It seems an act of Hegelian synthesis has taken place surrounding the Olympics that would make Marx’s whiskers tingle in delight. The Guardian has a special page on The World in 2020. If the rest of the world could vote in November's U.S. elections, Kerry would beat Bush in a landslide. From Tikkun, a roundtable on the progressives' dilemma in the 2004 elections. From Forward, the easy dismissal of the tainted comes at a cost to our moral and intellectual lives. Unmasked: The George W. Bush the president doesn't want the world to see. And there's no disputing it: Blogs are major players
[Weekend 2e] From Brunei, on how the country showcases royalty's enduring role in Asia. From Argentina, can the Kirchner government continue to flourish through pugnacity? From Great Britain, Ofcom is at the forefront of a new form of censorship. China trades exoticism for banal modernity. Decoding a Euro-diplomat takes more than a dictionary. Here's a press release from The Wisdom Project, an open source think tank. Diagnosing Dubya: The president who mistook his wife for a hat. Is it possible to raise rich kids who don't have sense of entitlement? Tunku Varadarajan on the simple joys of being a regular guy. Ethica Anthropofagon: How-to for human behaviour. From the home office in Dallas, a film festival touts conservative politics. An article on "The Sims" as political metaphor. Another sign the world is coming to an end. And who said, "To get rich is glorious"? You are wrong
[Weekend] From France, the country is suffering a crisis of confidence. What does it stand for? From Pakistan, on Progressive Islamism and the global Left. From Great Britain, former Trotskyist activist turned Blairite moderniser wins cabinet post. From South Africa, self-defeating illusion of wealth is no basis for a new society. From The Economist, what really happened in Venezuela? An insiders' account. From PINR, on Russia and its Muslim population: A balancing act between politics and war. Recent events in Pakistan expose the contradictions of the war on terror. An interview with Richard Armitage: Iran is "a tougher nut" than North Korea. The US Army says the CIA hid more Iraqis than it claimed. The New York Times has a page showing pictures of the first 1,000 dead in Iraq. Dan Froomkin on how news are breaking against Bush, including Kitty Kelley's blow-by-blow over W coke tale. Here's the website for Texans for Truth. On how Florida's problems go well beyond troubled machines. As the US election approaches, what is the role for blogs? And come on, people! No matter how grim the situation, you should never pine for the proliferation of evil
[Sep 10] From Japan, prime minister stokes a territorial spat with Russia. From Great Britain, animal rights 'activists'? No, terrorists. From Zambia, on the struggle for a more just, fair and humane globalization. Western Ontario's Adam Harmes on why the world needs more globalization, not less. Richard Pipes on giving the Chechens a land of their own. Can Beslan shake us out of the comfort zone? Bush invokes Truman in promoting his global strategy. From Reason, on what democracy looks like: Do protests matter? Alvaro Vargas Llosa on the fog of the Republican convention. And what motivates the Angry Left? Will the Hip-Hop Generation go green? The group called dead prez has reset the bar on hip-hop militancy. From BBC Magazine, on a channel which shows just adverts ("pure genius"), on 10 striking ways to get ahead without getting a house, on some high and low points for David, the hottest older man in the world, and Maggie is the new black: Can anything become cool?
[Sep 9] From Pitcairn Island, a rock and a hard place. From Afghanistan, a triumph for nation-buiding? From Northeast Asia, nationalism fuels history disputes. From Central Europe, an already existing model for what the EU bureaucracy seeks to create today? From Angola, the country has peace--now it needs democracy. From Georgia, a rose among thorns (and a postscript). From Pakistan, on the trouble with autocrats. Kofi Annan says social ills make Latin America susceptible to authoritarian rule. A World Bank study shows bad regulations are a huge brake on global growth. From The New York Times, the roster of the more than 1,000 dead soldiers in Iraq tells a larger story, while the relatives of troops who have died are far from agreement in their politics (yeah, but what about their pets?). True, "Hugger-in-Chief" George W. Bush is resolved. But to what end? Dick Cheney, the man who is president, warns of terror risk if Kerry wins, and a response from Maureen Dowd. Here are some interesting numbers from the latest polls. And here are the Top Ten Censored Stories of 2003-2004
[Sep 8] From Australia, how moral superiority is a job for the boys, and on when lies are quite honorable. From New Zealand, how do top politicians get away with lies, and does it really matter? From Asia Times, a series on geopolitics and Iraq (and part 2, with more to come). Lawrence Kaplan on Officer Politics: Generals used to be neutral. A review of George McGovern's The Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition. David Suzuki has a way of making you feel like an environmental heretic. A study suggests Neanderthal life was no tougher than that of ’modern’ Inuits. And when all the science makes you feel too much like an animal, remind myself of the bicycle shop story
[Sep 7] From Bangladesh, on the democratization of the UN system. From South Africa, who does globalization hurt? From Europe, Dutch presidency gives center stage to European values. From Kuwait, fundamentalists are recruiting teens. From Great Britain, on how Blair has to constantly confirm the prejudices that guide him. There's an explosive atmosphere in Macedonia. From Time, does the Koran condone killing? An op-ed on the five big American blunders in the terror war. On why renewed calls for change in the Electoral College are likely to fail. In a risk society, the act of voting for a president becomes an exercise in risk assessment (though we cannot live in a risk-free world). What would four more years mean? The Democrats have finally swung behind John Kerry. But has he really got what it takes? Is anyone listening? Despite claims, Bush wavers on decisiveness. Should George Bush don bowling shoes while John Kerry is out windsurfing? Here's the story of how MoveOn changed the face of fundraising and reinvented grassroots activism. Tom Engelhardt listened to the voices from the RNC convention floor. And Boris Johnson walked the midnight streets in Manhattan, yet feared no evil
[Sep 6] From Russia, on the Beslan massacre as a Chernobyl moment. From France, Chirac v Sarkozy has captivated the French political class. From Germany, on when generating new ideas fails to reach the desired level of output. From World Press Review, why reform in the Arab world cannot be delayed any longer, an interview with a would-be martyr, and on why the Darfur tragedy will likely occur again. Eduardo Galeano on Venezuela and Nothingland. The Economist on Dick Cheney, backseat driver par excellence. In the current presidential race, two moral frameworks are in direct conflict, philosophically speaking. On white evangelical voters as a hidden swing vote. Famous, wealthy criminal defendants can hire high-priced lawyers, but do they also face disadvantages? Dangerous Delusions: Advertising nonsense about Advertising America. From BBC Magazine, are men funnier than women? Why do cartoons draw us in? How can you be gay and Jewish? And on shrooms: Not just for salad anymore!
[Sep 3] (No Edition)
[Sep 2] On Politics: From The Washington Monthly, what if Bush wins? 16 writers on the likely consequences of a second term. From Time, Charles Krauthammer on the case for Bush, and Michael Kinsley on the case against him. An excerpt from Mark Crispin Miller's Cruel and Unusual: Bush and Cheney's New World Order (and an interview). A review of What We've Lost: How the Bush Administration Has Curtailed Freedoms, Ravaged the Environment and Damaged America and the World, by the editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter (and two extracts). From American Heritage, on Cyrus McCormick and and the problem with agriculture, and Paul Berman on the 50 biggest changes in the last 50 years. Here's a look at five books from a "radical middle" perspective. From New York, profiles of conservatives James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal and Adam Bellow, former Upper West Side liberal. Does investing really make you a Republican? And here's a press release from the PRKA, People Reluctant to Kill for an Abstraction
[Sep 1] From Australia, an analysis on the upcoming election. From India, a relook at history. From Pakistan, idealism in today's world. From The Progressive, an interview with Shirin Ebadi. Rep. Ed Schrock (R-Va.) resigns after being outed by a blogger, and George Soros demands an apology from Denny Hastert. From Business Week, on how the GOP's strains are showing, and on the curse of the second term. From Slate, an analysis of Arizona as a swing state, on why Zel Miller hates the Democrats, and what does 9/11 tell us about Bush? Kevin Phillips on what you won't hear at the GOP convention. A look at the language styles of Bush and Kerry. Republican delegates mock Kerry with purple heart bandages. A review of books on The Election. Why "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" and other "527" organizations can't be silenced. A review of The Republican Noise Machine, by David Brock. And from OJR, letters editors are flummoxed over weed-like 'astroturf' growth. And there is a new jihad magazine for women on the web. And Asia Times' Spengler answers your questions
15] From Washington Monthly, Iran-Contra II? Fresh
scrutiny on a rogue Pentagon operation. An excerpt
from Seymour Hersh's Chain of Command. From The New Yorker,
Chechnya today is as
close to a Hobbesian state as exists on earth. Brad DeLong on creating
a world without want. Dani Rodrick on how
even a little reform can go a long way. On how the great
foreshadowing of what
came to be called liberal democracy was embodied in Spinoza. More
on Freedom Just Around the Corner. From Reason, on how Time
immigration fears. A review
of Pat Buchanan's Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives
Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency.
From Infoshop, an article on anarchism
and Christianity. From Alan Keyes' Renew America, articles on abortion
and the clash of world views, on the conservative
Christian worldview, and on the perpetual
delusion of the Left. From Truthout, on the turn
to the (Religious) Right in the US. In the beginning was the word. A
few ticks later on the cosmic clock, voice mail arrived. And no theology, please, we're
[Sep 14] From New Statesman, Anthony Giddens on the Scandinavians as the true followers of the Third Way, on the big profits in the happiness industry, more on Frank Furedi's Where Have all the Intellectuals Gone?; if the UN didn't exist, we'd have to invent it; why condemnation is a luxury we can afford; and can Islam change? John Dean on who Osama bin Laden would like to see in the White House. Dahlia Lithwick on solving the problem of sharia. Could it be that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is a feminist? More on The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. From Chronicles, Orthodoxy vs. Modernity: Defending a common heritage; and the ugly truth is that conservative politicos and political intellectuals are, in general, a disreputable lot. From Uncommon Knowledge, Stanford's Morris Fiorina, Texas' Daron Shaw and David Brooks on the political divide in America. And from Salon, James Galbraith on the voters Democrats can't reach, Cato's Doug Bandow on why conservatives must not vote for Bush, and an article on how Bush has bankrupted the war on terror
[Sep 13] On economics: IIE's Fred Bergsten on the risks ahead for the world economy. From The Mises Institute, on the a priori of ownership: Kant on property. From Slate, how the Bush tax cuts reduce employment. From The New Yorker, tax cuts were just the beginning: the President is signalling a far more radical agenda. Michael Kinsley on Bush's Ownership Society. From TCS, on Bush as the Market State president, and is Keynes a good substitute for Marx? Paul Samuelson dissents from the mainstream economic consensus about outsourcing and globalization. Virginia Postrel on the new trend in spending. A review of Generation Deluxe: Consumerism and Philanthropy of the New Super-rich. Today’s rich are not giving enough of their wealth to good causes--the ancients would have known why. More on Jeremy Rifkin's The European Dream. David Broder on the price of labor's decline. And Judah Pollack doubts many a girl has given it up for a guy just because he's passionate about Third World debt
[Weekend 2e] Rolling Stone on The Curse of Dick Cheney: The veep's career has been marred by one disaster after another (including an embarrassing national - security record). Bob Barr reviews The Bush Betrayal. More and more on Arthur Schlesinger's War and the American Presidency. Is it possible for one to be libertarian about policies at home and neo-conservative about policies abroad? Brendan O'Neill on the real international connections in Beslan. In 500 years, have our colonial instincts really moved on? From In These Times, a review of The New Victorians. Paul Bloom on the duel between body and soul. Articles on masters without slaves: A discussion on individualism, and on majority rule: political risks and cultural dynamics. Once derided, Internet pollsters say the 2004 election may belong to them. Jonah Goldberg on the voters-are-stupid chorus. And from The Patriotist, Al Benson on the seven thousand who have not bowed the knee
[Weekend] From The Nation, a review of books on the American Empire, and a review of books on Stalin. Eric Foner on rethinking American history in a post-9/11 world. Clyde Prestowitz on The Great Reverse in geopolitics (part 2 and part 3). David Rieff on how Iraq poses difficult, perhaps even impossible, options for United States policymakers. A review of Voices of Terror: Manifestos, Writings and Manuals of al-Qaeda, Hamas, and other Terrorists from around the World and throughout the Ages. More on Timothy Garton Ash’s Free World. UCL's Ted Honderich on the way things are: It's time for a new disrespect. From World, the most important issue in this year's election has nothing to do with the economy or the war, and Marvin Olasky on why liberal dominance in academia and media was not inevitable. Jeffrey Nyquist on predicting the future (part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5). Adam Nagourney on what matters now. Ellen Goodman thinks about the connections between grandchildren and politics. On the really simple life: How two big-city radicals helped take America back to the land. And David Brooks on spreadsheets and paragraphs
[Sep 10] From Alternet, an excerpt from All the President's Spin, by the editors of Spinsanity.com (and an interview), and the introduction and an excerpt from George Lakoff's Don’t Think Of An Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate (and more). Michael Barone on what President Bush has in common with Lincoln and FDR. From TAP, an interview with Matthew Yeomans, author of Oil: Anatomy of an Industry, and interview with Renewal's Neal Lawson, a journalist and Labor Party activist. More on the new documentary. "The Corporation". A look back at Bob Black's "The Abolition of Work". An article on the suburbanization of poverty. Democracy Now! interviews Cornel West. Gustav Niebhur on the big tent of religion. Barry Lynn of Americans United on making "The Connection" and getting "To the Point". As religious conservatives go mainstream, on the real reason evangelicals love Bush. And Mike Adams develops his own single-item IQ exam
[Sep 9] An essay on the rise and fall of The Atlantic Monthly. From The Globalist, Emma Rothschild on security and globalization in history (and more pdf), John Ruggie on TINA and global responsibility, an article on the changes that are leading to more diversified economies and integration in Latin America, and an update on the global war on drugs. Prostitution may be a grubby business, but it's not the government's, while more money and less ideology could improve the reproductive health of millions. From American Diplomacy, an essay on understanding Anti-Americanism. Naomi Klein on the Likudization of the world. An extract from Anatol Lieven's America Right or Wrong. More on Francis Fukuyama's State-Building. More on Jagdish Bhagwati's In Defense of Globalization. More on Occidentalism. More on Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia. From The New Formulation, a review of books on anti-authoritarian visions of crime and justice. From APR, essays on political violence and nonviolence and its violent consequences. And "Why do the Neo-Cons hate America, Mommy?"
[Sep 8] From Open Democracy, people committed to creating a world of justice and equal rights should not waste time defending it, and on an influence spreading through the culture: We're all anarchist now. None of the above: The anarchist case against electoralism. From Alternative Press Review, an article on Falsifying History and Ourselves: Anti-Democratic Propaganda in the Classroom. Nick Cohen is all for liberal guilt, but their justifiable self-loathing and numerous confusions lead to outright betrayal. A review of Peter Singer's The Ethics of Globalization. And on how the desire to acquire can overwhelm even ordinary mortals
[Sep 7] From Prospect, on why there can be no "new deal" between Europe and America, a review of The Great Deception, a review of The Case for Religion, a review of The Company of Strangers, on how self-recognition reflects a higher form of evolution, and on how beaches represent a third way between market and state. How toll roads can help alleviate the dependency on foreign oil. With the death knell of small government pealing in the distance, will Republicans try to coopt progressivism? From The Observer, nine American novelists tell of their hopes and fears for their nation's next chapter (and part 2). From spiked, going global: the politics of another planet. A review of Jeremy Rifkin's The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream. To generation Y, the world is an uncertain place-and for many of them, that's not such a bad thing. From The Nation, Howard Zinn on the optimism of uncertainty, and more on Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity. And from The New Yorker, David Remnick on Al Gore's wilderness campaign, Philip Gourevitch on Bush's vernacular style, and Hendrik Hertzberg on Republican vs. Republican
[Sep 6] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of the 9/11Commission report and a review of the Senate Intelligence Committee report, an article on the bungled transition in Iraq, and Arthur Schelsinger reviews books on the war on terrorism and the Bush Administration. Peter Steinfels reviews Michael Walzer's Arguing About War. A review of Bernard-Henri Levy’s War, Evil, and the End of History. From spiked, the contemporary debate on imperialism makes 'zombie categories' out of the arguments of Marx and Lenin. A purple patch from EH Carr on the nature of international morality. From Better Humans, human enhancement doesn't guarantee better democracy, but better democracy may require human enhancement and how can American policy see drug users as both genetically diseased and criminal? Jeff Madrick on Wal-Mart and productivity. An article on blowing the lid off the global monetary system. And an article "unveils" the debate on secularism and rights
[Sep 3] (No Edition)
[Sep 2] From F&D, a look at the work of Amartya Sen, and on why an orthodox economic model may not be the best guide for policy pdf. Ralf Dahrendorf gives two cheers for the Rhineland Model, and an article on the welfare state's fragile foundations. From Counterpunch, where's Mao when you really need him?: Concordia's Justin E. H. Smith on the New Age Racket and the Left, Northeastern's M. Shahid Alam on the clash of civilizations thesis, and an excerpt from God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the "War on Terror" and the Echoing Press. From The Globalist, an excerpt from Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil. Immanuel Wallerstein on supposing the United States is neither feared nor loved. David Aaronovitch on the Heart of America. From Political Affairs, on the revolutionary potential of the anti-Bush movement. From Socialist Review, why the time is ripe to exploit US imperialism's woes. And from Reason, on censorship and commercial speech, and when should the government be able to demand our papers?
[Sep 1] Tariq Ramadan doesn't understand how he can be a threat to America (and an interview and more). From TNR, would Reagan recognize the GOP? John Judis wants to know. From The Globalist, are Republicans at their zenith? From The Weekly Standard, is Bush really a conservative? A review of Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet. A review of books on nuclear terrorism. A review of Neoconomy: George Bush's Revolutionary Gamble with America's Future. From Salon, James Galbraith on Alan Greenspan and Social Security, on how the neocons have turned upon one another, and an article on the rise of Karl Rove. An excerpt from American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nations Drive to End Welfare. From The American Prospect, on how The Occidental Quarterly acts as a roundtable for some of the far right's most influential figures. And from The American Spectator, on the rise and fall and resurrection of a college intern in Washington, D.C., and it took Newt Gingrich to knock some sense into wussy moderates and the rare conservative bitter-ender (and more)
[Sep 15] Gilbert Harman (Princeton): Three
Trends in Moral and Political Philosophy pdf.
From Culture Machine, a special
issue on deconstruction and cultural studies. On a class that
compares the secular
beliefs of Sigmund Freud with the spiritual beliefs of C.S. Lewis.
David Barber. Amy Gutmann on taking
intellectual leaps. On the public debate that may bring about the demise
of legacies in college admissions. From Germany, bad
grades for German schools. From Wayne State, pansexuals define a different
type of sexuality. From The Chronicle, can you be a privileged
member of the court and remain a slimy amphibian? From NPR, an excerpt
from Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. A review
of The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved
from our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans. Calculating the Quantum
Nightmare: We must awaken to the threat
of a quantum computer getting into malicious hands. And after
several years of effort to "live green," is Carrie
still such a big part of the problem?
[Sep 14] Christian List (LSE): The Discursive Dilemma and Public Reason pdf. From Evolutionary Psychology, articles on infidelity and jealousy and on cheating and cooperation in social exchanges. Apparently normal teens are not 'ticking time bombs'. New research shows that more pre-teen girls than ever before are wearing makeup. Is it just harmless fun- - or too much, too soon? A study suggests within just 10 minutes of meeting, people decide what kind of relationship they want with a new acquaintance. On the many things university presidents would like to say to their various constituencies but dare not. A purple patch by Terry Eagleton on postmodernism and meta-narratives. An article on federalism and the revival of the Roman Catholic concept of subsidiarity. From Christianity Today, a review of Doubts About Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design, and on the rhetoric in the Intelligent Design (pseudo-)dispute. Why more education is not necessarily a Good Thing. And "I can't resist. Let's get the Schopen' in!"
[Sep 13] A new issue of Post-Autistic Economics Review is out. A review of An Introduction to Rights, a review of From "9-11" to the "Iraq War 2003": International Law in an Age of Complexity, a review of Bruce Ackerman's Voting with Dollars: A New Paradigm for Campaign Finance, and more on Martha Nussbaum's Hiding from Humanity. On American jihad and the banality of violence, and a review of Julian Baggini's What's It All About? Negative clinical-trial results are underreported, but this may soon change, and on sleep research: There seems to be a dream-specific region in the brain. Studies find that political ideology influences how the popular press reports research findings. The American Scholar finds a new editor. The college year begins. Classes, term papers, tests. Brazen public obscenity, too. On how Wikipedia will make universities obsolete. And some do it with white tablecloths and stemware. Admit it
[Weekend 2e] From The Chronicle, who cares about the truth? A review of Larry Kramer's The People Themselves. A synopsis of Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society, by Robert Higgs. Hoover Fellow Clint Bolick receives the Lysander Spooner Award for Leviathan. Who needs Harvard? Gregg Easterbrook wants to know (and an interview). Is there a Yale presidential conspiracy? Call it the uncodified status hierarchy of the academy: The less interaction you have with undergraduates, the higher your prestige as a professor. From Haaretz, a look at the work of Slavoj Zizek. On Cornel West as Soul Brother No. 1 of American intellectuals. A review of Borges: A Life. The inky depths of Western philosophy conceal some pretty toxic substances. On mining existential angst for laughs: Life sucks and then you die. And Massimo Pigliucci on Monty Python's guide to philosophy
[Weekend] Book Reviews: A review of Phenomenology and Analysis: Essays on Central European Philosophy, and a review of a new translation of Novalis: Fichte Studies. A review of The Existentialists: Critical Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre, a review of The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir, a review of Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human, and more on Martha Nussbaum's Hiding From Humanity. From Commentary, a review of Freethinkers, and a review of Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History, 1585-1828. A review of 1914-1918: the History of the First World War, a review of Michael Oakeshott, a review of A Reason for Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination, a review of How to Be Idle (and more), and more on Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia. A review of A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness, a review of Great Conservatives, and more on The Roads to Modernity. A review of Golems Among Us: How a Jewish Legend Can Help Us Navigate the Biotech Century. And a review of books on religion
[Sep 10] John Alexander (Leuven): Capabilities, Human Rights and Moral Pluralism. From Johns Hopkins, an interview with Francis Fukuyama, and on Zen and the art of the university. As the NCAA finally gets serious about educating college athletes, schools would be wise to follow the example set by UC Berkeley. An interview on the International Baccalaureate programs that are growing in American high schools. The Wrong Lesson: Teaching college reporters to be meek. Man is elevated only to the extent of his morality and moral wisdom--that should be the North star of education. 21 years later, Howard Gardner's 'multiple intelligences' is still debated. Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two separate million dollar problems. Who discovered the Americas? Skull analysis suggests Australians got there first. And the move from Africa into the rest of the world provided environmental challenges that are visible in our genetic makeup if one looks very carefully
[Sep 9] A new issue of The New Atlantis is out, including an exchange on internet pornography by Jeffrey Rosen and theologian David Hart, and articles on Alzheimer's disease, stem cells, and cell phones. A review of Libertarianism Without Inequality, and a review of The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche. A review of Descartes' Concept of Mind, a review of Minds and Persons, a review of Anti-Individualism and Knowledge, and a review of Responsible Genetics: The Moral Responsibility of Geneticists for the Consequences of Human Genetics Research. A review of a new edition of Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents. A review of Heroes, Traitors and Supermen. From Eurozine, why artists are still important to uphold and to interpret notions of "freedom", and a manifesto for generalized anthropomorhism: Theatre has failed to live up to its full humanist potential. On how the trouble with political art remains pretty much constant. And Umberto Eco finds scientific method a suitable counterbalance to fundamentalism
[Sep 8] Terrence Chorvat and Kevin McCabe (George Mason): The Brain and the Law. An article on the geography of philosophy, and Socrates answers your questions. Capitalism Magazine takes a look at the Life After Capitalism 2004 Conference (silly them: Don't they know all values are selfish and there is nothing gained from human sacrifice?). A conversation with James Hughes, Transhumanism's left hand man. The evolution will be mechanized: Inside the unfathomable superhuman future after the "singularity." What can particle physics do to answer "the truly exciting scientific questions of this century"? And on why the world should share its science
[Sep 7] Straussians vs. APSA: A review of Politics and Progress: The Emergence of American Political Science. At their convention, political scientists predict that Bush will win the vote. A fellow at Notre Dame's Kroc Institute responds to the denial of Tariq Ramadan's visa (and more). From The Chronicle of Higher Education, more on Tariq Ramadan and intellectual freedom, a look at some rising stars in academia, and articles on liberal-arts institutions embracing a skills perspective, on teaching graduate students and doctoral-level seminars, and on the attrition bug among colleagues. A review of Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis (and an excerpt). From New Scientist, an interview with philosopher Jamie Whyte. On the perfect sentiment to carve into a building that houses an organization dedicated to scientific enquiry. A look at the new Penguin "Great Ideas" series (and some responses). Obituary: Philosopher Robert Cumming. Colorado's Kathleen Tierney is a sociologist with an advanced degree in calamity. Gordon Rugg is a scientific method man. A preview of David Hare's take on the Iraq war, "Stuff Happens". And is philosophy the new rock 'n' roll?
[Sep 6] David Gray Carlson (Cardozo): Why Are There Four Hegelian Judgments? PBS's Think Tank airs an episode on John Rawls. From The New Criterion, Roger Kimball reviews Martha Nussbaum's Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law, and a review of William F. Buckley's Miles Gone By. More on Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity. Two reviews of Encyclopédie. A review of John Gray's Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions. An extract from Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is a Torah scholar with a rock-star following. Alain De Botton on how work is often more bearable when we don't expect it always to deliver happiness. Time isn't money: A study shows that consumers would rather waste minutes than cash. An article on how the mystery of consciousness is still outwitting scientists. NEH Chairman Bruce Cole interviews Secretary of Education Rod Paige. An article on how to fight college cheating. And here's everything no one told you about going to college
[Sep 3] (No Edition)
[Sep 2] Martha Nussbaum (Chicago): Beyond the Social Contract: Capabilities and Global Justice pdf. A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including an introduction, an articles on religion and truth, Mary Midgley on souls, minds, bodies & planets, a letter from Antony Flew on Darwinism and Theology, a review of Nonbelief and Evil: Two Arguments for the Nonexistence of God, and a review of Philosophical Reasoning. More from the Summer edition of Dissent: Adolph Reed reviews Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society, and Mitchell Cohen on torture. From the Claremont Review of Books, more on Samuel Huntington's Who Are We?, a review of books by Niall Ferguson, a review of books on 9/11 and intelligence, and a review of Vergil's Empire: Political Thought in the Aeneid. A review of Plato’s Utopia Recast: His Later Ethics and Politics. From News & Letters, on the challenge of anti-humanism today. From the ASA's Contexts, on how growing up is harder to do. And women fight for equal rights... in restroom facilities
[Sep 1] From Philosophy, the journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Peter Geach on John McTaggart and Ray Monk on Bertrand Russell. A review of Mindreading: an integrated account of pretence, self-awareness, and understanding of other minds. More on The Wisdom of Crowds. Three excerpts from Columbia's Mahmood Mamdani's Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror. A review of Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War. A review of Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature. An article on genes and sex differences in the brain. Some of the world's greatest scientists talk about what they love--and hate--about Einstein. A review of books on Alfred Russel Wallace. From World, on Baylor University's ambitious plans to be "the Protestant Notre Dame". Salesian priest and philosopher Father Adriano Alessi on modern man's search for God. Philosophy is a hot major at Bergen Community College. A legendary editor at Harvard University Press asks, What good are books? And a review of Why Read?