A new issue of Econ Journal Watch is out. From Financial Times, a review of Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw; John Kenneth Galbraith: A 20th Century Life by Richard Parker; The Chicago School: How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers Who Revolutionized Economics and Business by Johan Van Overtveldt; and John Maynard Keynes 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman by Robert Skidelsky. An interview with Tyler Cowen, author of Discover Your Inner Economist, on the economics of parenting, reading, dentistry, art museums and education.
Defender of the Faith? In old age, Sigmund Freud, committed atheist, began to see what’s so great about God. The rise and possible fall of unbelief: A review of A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (and more). From Edge, Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, on moral psychology and the misunderstanding of religion. A review of Plotinus and the Presocratics by Giannis Stamatellos. A review of Metaphysics and Method in Plato's Statesman by Kenneth M. Sayre. A review of The Socratic Paradox and Its Enemies by Roslyn Weiss. A review of Confronting Aristotle's Ethics: Ancient and Modern Morality by Eugene Garver. A review of Violence in Late Antiquity. A review of The Other Bishop Berkeley: An Exercise in Re-Enchantment by Costica Bradatan. The introduction to Nietzsche's Political Skepticism by Tamsin Shaw.
No matter what your politics, UC Irvine's treatment of legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky was wrong; he says his ordeal is a lesson in academic freedom, and Chancellor Michael Drake on why he let Chemerinsky go. Donald Rumsfeld has been appointed to a one-year stint as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Peter Berkowitz on Our Compassless Colleges. Stuart Taylor and K.C. Johnson's Until Proven Innocent reads like a legal thriller and exposes deep problems with America's legal system and academic culture. Clarence Page on what the Duke lacrosse case has taught us. A review of Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action by Peter Schmidt. A look at why Harvard wants you to be unhealthily thin. A review of God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin (and more and more and more).