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[Weekend] From IHT, a European identity is quietly sprouting, but the door may be closing. From Lithuania, on the challenge facing intellectuals and artists. From Turkey, an article on what makes the West, West. And from Pakistan, there is no contradiction between sapere aude and Whitehead’s dictum

[Apr 29] From The Economist, why market forces could prove the environment's best friend—if only greens could learn to love them (and more on environmental economics). A review of Greed Inc.: Why Corporations Rule Our World and How We Let it Happen. From Asia Times, Andre Gunder Frank on The Naked Hegemon, and from ZNet, an article on the Contradictions of Gunder Frank

[Apr 28] Political theorist Jeff Miller is a Renaissance Man in New Paltz. Pat Kane has been appointed Thinker in Residence: what's on his mind? Ralf Dahrendorf on the rise and fall of meritocracy. And are exceptional beings the outcome of natural law or our natural acquiescence?

[Apr 27] From The National Interest, a look back at an article by John Bolton on Burke (and a letter to the editor). Matt Bai on Democratic Moral Values. On how Washington's Egghead Quotient keeps growing. And Joel Kotkin on the survival of great cities

[Apr 26] From CJR, on Dead Iraqis: Why an estimate was ignored. Robert Wright on terror in the past and future tense. Eric Alterman on Bush's war on the press. Is Rupert Murdoch right to predict the end of newspapers as we now know them? Salman Rushdie on how literature is a loose cannon. And an article on Hobbes, Hume and the end of Philadelphia

[Apr 25] From France, citizens are angry at law to teach glory of colonialism. A new issue of Label France is out. A review of books on France. And a review of Philippe Roger's The American Enemy (more and more)

[Weekend 2e] Slavoj Zizek's  rock-star status brings out adoring fans. Did Benedict XVI take a page out of Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue? A look at the work of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute (in four parts). And Responsible Wealth calls upon the feds to raise their taxes

[Weekend] From Spain, PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero steps up and delivers. In Iran, as throughout in the Muslim world, the personal is political, and religion is always both. As a new terrorism map reveals most countries are at risk of attack, where are the handful of safe destinations? And from the US State Department, a publication on Today's Nuclear Equation

[Apr 22] From New Statesman, a look at how the greens were choked to death in Great Britain. Tom Nairn offers his advice to voters in the upcoming general election. What's the point of general election campaigns? And on how the danger for governments is not from hubris, but that they will believe the myth that they are condemned to mistrust and powerlessness

[Apr 21] From Japan, an article on Aristotle and red toy trucks. From Iran, the Born Again vs. the Renaissance: Culture Wars masquerading as development theory. When will the world pay attention to the Uighur ‘problem’? And if democracy worked, there'd be no king

[Apr 20] Religion a Go Go: You can visit Beliefnet, Christianity Today, Commonweal, Crisis, First Things, National Catholic Reporter, The Remnant, The Revealer, Sojourners, Touchstone, and The Wittenburg Door for all your Catholic and religious news. Or if you're not in the mood, try American Atheist, Church & State, Free Inquiry, The Humanist and New Humanist instead

[Apr 19] Love her or hate her, you don't know the real Ann Coulter. TNR blasts Informed Comment's Juan Cole. A look at how a one-man Web site is improving journalism. An article on how business bestsellers help impoverish our souls. And half of writing-and most of life-comes down to having a plausible excuse for what you already plan to do

[Apr 18] From Russia, members of the government could be tried for crimes against humanity. A review of Stalin: A Biography (and more). Marking Stalin’s role in WWII is proving to be damnably awkward. And "My name is David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda. And I am a loser"

[Weekend 2e] BHL completes a wild ride around the US, courtesy of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. Salman Rushdie writes on the PEN and the sword. And Mein Kampf becomes the subject of a legal battle between a Polish publisher and Bavaria

[Weekend] Missouri's Pat Peritore is a mild-mannered professor of political theory during the day, but at night he’s a dueling sword fighter. Katha Pollitt and Catharine MacKinnon remember Andrea Dworkin. Obituary: Wilson McWilliams. And Bill Hicks was a stand-up political philosopher

[Apr 15] The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes on his bias for mainstream news. A review of Robert Boynton's The New New Journalism (and an excerpt). And from Counterpunch, an article lists David Horowitz's Corrosive Projects (and more from Salon)

[Apr 14] Scott McLemee on Persian Blogs and Bakhtinian Dialogues. What if professors could lecture 24-7? Blog culture invades academia. Chris Bertram & Jeremy Stangroom debate the merits of blogging. And just how afraid of Google and other new technologies should academic librarians be?

[Apr 13] Evelyn Fox Keller is a theorist drawn into a debate 'that will not go away'. Edward Rothstein on touring an America Tocqueville could fathom. Ariel Dorfman remembers Jean-Paul Sartre. And what is the meaning of the rise in popularity of philosophy?

[Apr 12] The Boston Globe's "Ideas" interviews Michael Walzer. Der Spiegel interviews Brent Scowcroft. And National Journal on 100 aides involved with the biggest issues on the 109th Congress' agenda

[Apr 11] From Asia Times, articles on identity, tolerance, and the virgin seekers, on the illusion of the American state, and on a possible Confucian union. An an essay on American patriotism and Chinese nationalism

[Weekend 2e] From Kenya, on how social scientists have let the country down. Peter Camejo on The Crisis in the Green Party. And Lunch at the Four Seasons: Kissinger says intellectuals have evolved from debating ideas to partisan advocacy (and part 2)

[Weekend] NYU will host a conference on April 22 on "The End of French History? Perry Anderson dissects 'neo-liberal' France", to discuss two of his articles that appeared in the London Review of Books. Harvard loses political scientist Michael Dawson to Chicago. And UCLA and USC are at the head of the class among the nation's universities in hiring celebrity instructors

[Apr 8] Timothy Garton Ash writes on The Orange Revolution in the new issue of NYRB. From Eurozine, on the history of Ukrainian independence. And Ronald Inglehart's World Values Survey finds Puerto Rico to be the happiest place on earth

[Apr 7] From National Journal, Plato anyone? Whether we realize it or not, our own attempts to make sense of things are often echoes of political philosophers' musings (and more). And Peter Singer on pulling back the curtain on newborn mercy killing

[Apr 6] The latest newsletter from the Association for Political Theory is out. And looking for an expert on the latest research? APSA has a webpage on News in Political Science

[Apr 5] The New School will host a conference on "Fairness: Its Role in Our Lives", on April 14-15. And The University of Chicago will host a conference on "Principles of Association in British History" on April 8th

[Apr 4] The Guardian profiles Ted Honderich, and Sunday Herald profiles Noam Chomsky

[Weekend] From Open Democracy, an article assesses Pope John Paul II's ambiguous democratic legacy

[Apr 1] From Kyrgyzstan, where the revolutionary creativity of the people and democracy fall on barren ground but Akaev’s 15-year-old regime proved to have no defenses, and the revolutionaries have moved swiftly and successfully to prevent a power vacuum (and more). The Orthodox are increasingly important players in the EU, where leaders agree to protect Europe's social model. From Foreign Affairs, Robert Pastor on North America's Second Decade. An op-ed on working toward an eventual goal of a true North American union. Alvaro Vargas Llosa on the return of Latin America’s Left. Robin Cook on why American neocons are out for Kofi Annan's blood. On a lesson about the right's distrust and the left's frustration in the US. Bill Bradley on the Democrats as a party inverted, and John Danforth on Republicans and Christian conservatives. A review of books on the Gingrich revolution. Obituary: George Kennan (and more from Fred Halliday). On how oil and democracy do not mix easily in countries that depend highly on oil revenue. A new report on global ecosystems calls for radical changes. From Slate, forget me not: How to win the U.S. memory championship. And Riddims by the Reggaetón: Puerto Rico's hip-hop hybrid takes over New York
[Weekend] From Salon, an interview with Richard Dawkins. A review of books on the brain, mind and consciousness. Is building a better human the key to utopia or the world's most dangerous idea? Or is the pace of technological change much too slow? And more on the possibilities for anarchy

[Apr 29] From TNR, Andrew Sullivan on how fundamentalism is splitting the GOP. An article on letting atheists back into politics. From The Wilson Quarterly, an essay on the collapse of Big Media. From Global Politician, an article on the possibilities for anarchy, and a critique of Louis Althusser: Competing Interpellations and the Third Text. And an essay on vagueness in governance

[Apr 28] From spiked, scientists on what one thing they would teach the world about science. From Technology Review, an article on the economics of brains. His Brain, Her Brain: It turns out that male and female brains differ quite a bit in architecture and activity. And we all have different ways of thinking but do we actually think in different ways?

[Apr 27] From the final issue of The Public Interest, Irving Kristol on Forty Good Years, Nathan Glazer on Neoconservatism from the Start, and more from editor Adam Wolfson. From Swans, an article on Consociational Patriotism. And a review of John Dunn's Setting the people free: The story of democracy

[Apr 26] Daniel Drezner reviews The End of Poverty. A review of Thomas E. Woods' The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. Why the “invisible hand” should guide all aspects of our social and political activity, moral as well as economic. And liberals have no inherent problem with passion. They just need to remember to keep passion alive

[Apr 25] From The National Interest, a review of books on how to fight terrorism, and here's a defense of striped pants. A review of books on neoconservatism. A review of books on suicide bombers. And a review of Warriors (more and more)

[Weekend 2e] A new issue of Legal Affairs is out, including a look at the brains behind Blackmun. A new issue of First Tings is out, including Michael Novak on Max Weber. The Nation's Victor Navasky on how objectivity is highly overrated. And from In These Times, a series of articles on internet policy

[Weekend] From Dissent, Mark Tushnet on democracy versus judicial review, David Barron on reclaiming federalism, and Jon Wiener on working-class Republicans and 'false consciousness'. Robert Wright on what liberals can learn from Thomas Friedman's new book (and an interview). And David Skinner mourns the passing of The Public Interest

[Apr 22] From the new issue of NYRB, a review of books on men and women, and Thomas Frank on what's the matter with liberals. From the new issue of The New Atlantis, Peter Augustine Lawler on The Caregiving Society. From the new issue of Prospect, a review of books on international aid. And a new issue of Le Monde diplomatique is out

[Apr 21] A new issue of Foreign Affairs is out, including an essay by Fouad Ajami, and a review of John Kenneth Galbraith. From Mother Jones, an interview with Alan Wolfe, and a series of articles on global warming. And a chapter from Return of the "L" Word: A Liberal Vision for the New Century

[Apr 20] Religion a Go Go: An essay on American pathologies and the response of faith. Senator Rick Santorum draws no line between his faith and his decisions. How much mixing of religion and politics does the First Amendment permit? From CT, a review of books on sex and Christianity. Here are 9.5 Theses on Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism. And "Wow! Princeton! Ivy League! Cutting edge! Abstinence"

[Apr 19] From Reason, Mark Bauerlein reviews The Anti-Chomsky Reader, and a review of books on the mind. A review of books on Reagan and his times. Security, prosperity, and liberty itself require effective government. It's time to make that case, without apology. And shh... swing voters are listening

[Apr 18] Why John Stewart is all the rage: A new issue of City Journal is out. A new issue of Green Anarchy is out, including an article by John Zerzan on the modern anti-world. John Holloway on changing the world without taking power (and a response). And 'conservative' and 'liberal' are more than mere labels

[Weekend 2e] From The New York Times, Jeffrey Rosen on the unregulated offensive of the "Constitution in Exile" movement; why the received wisdom about economic life in the Nordic countries is wrong; and why there's nothing deep about depression

[Weekend] From Dissent, an article on profit laundering and tax evasion: The Dirty Little Secret of Financial Globalization. An excerpt from The Three Waves of Globalization: A History of Developing Global Consciousness (and more). And Robert Shiller on the new spirit of democratic capitalism

[Apr 15] More science and stuff: From Edge, an essay on the mathematics of love. A new issue of American Sexuality is out. From Discover, an article on Finland’s fascinating genes. And Ben Wattenberg interviews Edward O. Wilson on the future of life

[Apr 14] On science: As greens go nuclear, does environmentalism have a future? From Scientific American, scientific uncertainty often becomes an excuse to ignore long-term problems, such as climate change. A project aims to map the history of human migration via DNA. And a review of The Paradoxical Primate

[Apr 13] A review of Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life. And you can download Doug Henwood's Wall Street (Verso) and download Henry Hazlitt's classic Economics in One Lesson

[Apr 12] From The Guardian, behind GK Chesterton's quaint vision of thatched cottages, rolling roads and stoical natives lies an unsavoury xenophobia. A review of books on British conservatism. And a review of books on British anarchism

[Apr 11] From The Nation, a review of books on the US and Europe. A review of books on America's place in the world. And a review of Felipe Fernandez Armesto's Humankind: A Brief History

[Weekend 2e] A review of Marshall Sahlins' Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa. A review of Archon Fung & Erik Olin Wright's Deepening Democracy. And a review of books on democracy and populism

[Weekend] A new issue of Bookforum is out, including Paul Berman on Daniel Bell and the Class of '68. A new issue of the New Democrats' Blueprint is out. Democrats agree on how to play defense, but what are they fighting for? And the spirit of '68 still lives. Too bad--there are much more effective ways to be an opposition party than by reliving the past

[Apr 8] William Galston on how liberals ignore and conservatives misunderstand America's guiding value: freedom; and on liberal pluralism and constitutional democracy. And from Dissent, Michael Walzer on how all God's children got values

[Apr 7] A new issue of Prospect is out, including articles on Europe, Britain, and foreign policy. A review of Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction. And a new issue of Policy Review is out, including a review of books on the laws of nations

[Apr 6] Virtual warrior Michael Bérubé writes on disability and autonomy--and battles the Rightward Realm. And from CJR, an article on the case for comics

[Apr 5] Christianity Today calls Notre Dame's Alvin Plantinga the best Christian philosopher. And "Cogito Ergo Bite Me": At UC Berkeley, philosophy is the thug gangsta of all majors

[Apr 4] A new issue of n+1 is out, including articles on Christopher Hitchens and literary theory

[Weekend] From the Australian Review of Public Affairs, a review of Rogers Smith's Stories of Peoplehood

[Apr 1] Can the United Nations be reformed to make it a guarantor of human security and development in the 21st century? A summary of The Limits of International Law, by Jack Goldsmith and Eric Posner. Will the United States attack Iran? Eight major arguments say no. Each one dissolves on inspection. From The National Interest, Peter Drucker on Trading Places. A review of Hitler's People's State: Robbery, Racial War and National Socialism. More on Pol Pot: The history of a nightmare. From Harper's, a review of the Left Behind Series. An article on the Crisis in the Catholic Church and the Pope's contradictions. From CT, a review of Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages, and a review of books on debs and pledges. A review of Holy Fire, a review of Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse, and more on Jeffrey Sachs' The End of Poverty. Why is being ill now embraced as a positive part of the human experience? Do ads still work? The New Yorker's Ken Auletta finds out. Bill McKibben on the blind alley that humans drive down when they focus on the wrong issue. An interview with Ernest Callenbach on localism, the future, and the state of Ecotopian ideals. And Julian Baginni on what it really means to be British
[Weekend] From The Hudson Review, Brooke Allen on Benjamin Franklin's Triumph of Reason pdf. Tom Nairn reviews Multitude. From Entelechy, an essay on The Roots of Omnology. And an essay on The Market for Philosophers: An Interpretation of Lucian’s Satire on Philosophy pdf

[Apr 29] Jan Broekman (Illinois): Towards a Constitution for the European Union. From The Communitarian Network, how should we treat illegal immigrants? A review of The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity. Homi Bhabha on the relevance of Frantz Fanon. Vanderbilt's Rebecca Brown confesses to being a flawed liberal. And where have you gone, Stanley Fish?

[Apr 28] From TLS, Terry Eagleton reviews The Literary Wittgenstein. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Adorno. An excerpt from Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany. And a review of An Interpretation of Desire: Essays in the Study of Sexuality

[Apr 27] From the new journal Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, a symposium on sustainable consumption, an editorial by E.O. Wilson, and on sustainability science: What’s needed beyond science? And a new issue of The New York Times' Education Life is out

[Apr 26] From Open Democracy, an article maps the background to a bitter controversy over Israel, historical truth and academic freedom. From The Nation, an article on Columbia Unbecoming. Juan Cole on the New McCarthyism. A look at David Horowitz’s war on rational discourse. And from HNN, why we are on strike: A Yale graduate student's story

[Apr 25] From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sociobiology and Skinner? Oxymoronic indeed; black-studies programs struggle to survive; and an essay on MA students as pledges. And Laura Gets Her PhD: A Satire in Seven Acts

[Weekend 2e] Lawrence Solum (San Diego): The Future of Copyright. From New Left Review, Gopal Balakrishnan on Machiavelli, Rousseau, Schmitt, Strauss and Gramsci, and articles on China and Palestine. And an excerpt from Michael Shermer's Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

[Weekend] David Reidy (Tennessee): Justice and the Tutelary State, and a review of John Rawls: Towards a Just World Order. From ethic@, Anne-Marie Christensen (Aarhus): Wittgenstein and Ethical Norms: the Question of Ineffability Visited and Revisited. And from Postmodern Culture, a series of articles on Ethics and the Politics of Proximity

[Apr 22] From Academe, a special issue on Classroom Cultures. After 35 years on campuses, black-studies programs struggle to survive. A review of Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values. A look at blue-collar comics. And ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies is a web journal dedicated to furthering comics scholarship

[Apr 21] Rogers Smith (Penn): Providentialism, Foreign Policy, and the Ethics of Political Discourse pdf. From Ctheory, an essay on born again ideology. From the new journal Dictum, an interview on social critique today. Obituary: Richard Popkin. And an article on "The I in Sociology"

[Apr 20] Religion a Go Go: From CrossCurrents, Mark Manolopoulos (Monash): Derrida's gift to eco/theo/logy: a critical tribute; and an essay on a Levinasian understanding of Christian ethics. From Metanexus, a critique of "Theistic Evolution" as a supplementary model of the relationship between Darwinian theory and religion. And from Dogma, an essay on natural law and natural design

[Apr 19] A review of Ethics and the A Priori. A review of Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment, and a review of Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment. A review of The Democracy Deficit. And more on Democracy and Populism

[Apr 18] Book reviews: From Public Culture, a special issue on The Politics of Disaster, and a review of Judith Butler's Precarious Life (and more). A review of Machiavelli, Hobbes, & the Formation of a Liberal Republicanism in England, and a review of Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States

[Weekend 2e] The first issue of the new Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy is out, including Joseph Raz (Oxford): The Myth of Instrumental Rationality. And a review of Reason and Value: Themes from the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz

[Weekend] Hanes Walton (Michigan): The Political Science Educational Philosophy of Ralph Bunche: Theory and Practice (and more). A review of Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes. And do middle and high school students really dislike social studies?

[Apr 15] John Lachs (Vanderbilt): The Future of Philosophy. Kieran Healy (Arizona): Specialization and Status in Philosophy pdf. APA director resigns. And Action Philosophers proves that philosophy is not just the province of boring tweed-enveloped college professors

[Apr 14] Richard Arneson (UCSD): Justice After Rawls; and Distributive Justice and Basic Capability Equality: 'Good Enough' Is Not Good Enough pdf. A review essay on Raymond Aron and the Politics of Understanding. And Eric Hobsbawm on Gorbachev and an Assembly of Ghosts

[Apr 13] Dennis Thompson (Harvard): Who Should Govern Who Governs? A review of books on democracy and the judiciary. And Hawaii's R.J. Rummel on the differences between the American vs. French revolutions

[Apr 12] From The University of Chicago Press, an excerpt from Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, an excerpt from The Ethical Brain, and an excerpt from From Dissertation to Book (and more on the nature of books)

[Apr 11] Hans-Hermann Hoppe (UNLV): The Intellectual Incoherence of Conservatism. A new issue of The Mises Review is out. And Murray Rothbard is still the State's greatest living enemy

[Weekend 2e] A new issue of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is out, including an article on solidarity and social theory pdf. A new issue of Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion is out. And an article on the political philosophy of Jacques Maritain

[Weekend] From the journal Constellations, Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki): International law as Political Theology. How to read the Nomos der Erde? From Esoterica, Arthur Versluis (MSU): Carl Schmitt, the Inquisition, and Totalitarianism. And Rainer Baubock (IEIR): Citizenship Policies: International, State. Migrant, and Democratic Perspectives

[Apr 8] From the German Law Journal, a special issue on "Confronting Memories: European "Bitter Experiences" and the Constitutionalization Process". And from Sight and Sound, an article on how there can be no single version of World War II

[Apr 7] Michael Perry (Emory): The Morality of Human Rights: A Nonreligious Ground? And from Boston Review, articles on the place of Christianity in public life, and on how contempt for religion costs Democrats more than votes

[Apr 6] A new issue of The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies is out, including essays by Jean Baudrillard and Douglas Kellner

[Apr 5] NYU's Peter Unger posts his upcoming book, All the Power in the World. And from Princeton University Press, a chapter from The Handbook of Economic Sociology

[Apr 4] A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, with an introduction to a whole millenium of ideas

[Weekend] A new issue of the European Journal of International Law is out, including a review of Towards Juristocracy

[Apr 1] Brian Leiter (UT-Austin): Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Recovering Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud; and Beyond the Hart/Dworkin Debate: The Methodology Problem in Jurisprudence. Here are some responses to Armand Leroi on the nature of normal human variety. Chicago's Eric Santner reflects on the Terri Schiavo case in light of two books on political theology: Giorgio Agamben’s The State of Exception and Julia Reinhard Lupton’s Citizen Saints. A review of Camille Paglia's Brake, Blow, Burn. History for Dummies: More on The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. From New Scientist, here are 13 things that do not make sense, and humans are different, for we cooperate with complete genetic strangers. Why on earth do we do that? An article recounts a historic clash between an Indian student and the world's top astrophysicist. A report finds 'no evidence’ of anti-Semitism at Columbia. The US government bars a Sandinista academic from teaching. So universities hire liberal faculty--This is news? Russell Jacoby wonders. A review of books on Harvard. And from The Economist, the world's oldest Bible is in bad shape; and a review of The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy and the New Fundamentalism

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