Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu (ANU): How the Ceteris Paribus Principles of Morality Lie. From the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, Bradford Skow (MIT): Preferentism and the Paradox of Desire; Steven Weimer (BGSU): Beyond History: The Ongoing Aspects of Autonomy; David Killoren (Wisconsin): Moral Intuitions, Reliability, and Disagreement; Olivia Bailey (Oxford): What Knowledge is Necessary for Virtue? From Rationality, Markets and Morals, Robert Sugden (Dusseldorf): Can a Humean Be a Contractarian? The fetishism of morality: Jonathan Ree revives the idea of moral progress. Apes and ethics: Margaret Somerville on the origins of ethics — Big Bang or Deity and why it matters. A review of A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain by Tamler Sommers. The sweet smell of morality: Courtney Humphries on how scent can shape our thinking. An interview with Jonathan Glover on books on moral philosophy. A review of The Ethics of the Lie by Jean-Michel Rabate. Morality is not necessarily good: An interview with Hans-Georg Moeller, author of The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality (and more). Five words in and you've decided: New research suggests our brains react almost instantaneously to statements that challenge our moral values. A review of Reasonably Vicious by Candace Vogler. A review of Ethics and Experience: Life Beyond Moral Theory by Timothy Chappell. A review of The Retrieval of Ethics by Talbot Brewer. Extreme altruists reap joy from sacrifice; do they tap into something within all of us? If you do not donate to aid agencies, you are doing something wrong. A review of Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics. A review of The Moral Significance of Styles of Life by John Kekes.
From THES, John D. Brewer reflects on his passion for Alfred Edward Housman and Edward William Elgar, two artists who transcended social convention and produced work redolent of a bygone time and place. A review of Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society by Katharine Hibbert. A review of Road Runner: An Indian Quest in America by Dilip D'Souza. Swan song of the thong: The once-hot garment is falling from favour — blame cold reality. Our grandchildren as political props: What are our real obligations to future generations? From TED, Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story; and Bill Gates on innovating to zero carbon emissions. Rescued from racism by the love of GK: At 20 the National Front's youth leader was sent to jail; today Joseph Pearce is a leading Catholic writer. The introduction to Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History by John David Lewis. From The New Ledger, Paul Cella on Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s new moralist. Der Jude is now Der Book: Alan Kaufman on electronic book burning (and part 2). From Politics, a look at how digital ads helped turn CNN’s Lou Dobbs problem into a PR nightmare. The attack of the 13th fairy: An interview with Alexander Kluge on the Internet, dragonfly intelligence and why he likes "gardener" as a job description. From New Matilda, the culture wars are over in Australia — the proof? Nobody cares about Keith Windschuttle's The Fabrication of Aboriginal History; and why are so many of us ready to indulge a myopic francophilia? The New Golden Age: The history of investment and technology suggests that economic recovery is closer than you think, with a new silicon-based global elite at the helm. Seven things about the economy that everyone should be more worried about than they are.
Jeffery Williamson (Harvard): Five Centuries of Latin American Inequality. Laurence Whitehead (Oxford): Fernando Henrique Cardoso: The Astuzia Fortunata of Brazil’s Sociologist-President. Chad Post on how Roberto Bolano finally shattered the magic-realist stereotype that has plagued Spanish writers for the past few decades — great news for the dozens of Latin American novels translated into English. An interview with Alan Angell on books on Pinochet and Chilean politics. A review of The New Latin American Left and Experiments in Radical Social Democracy. Alma Guillermoprieto on Bolivia's parched future. From Americas Quarterly, should presidents be allowed unlimited terms in office? Patricio Navia and Steven Griner debate. Postcard from Quince Mil: How a little town in Peru is becoming a hotspot. An interview with Chris Moss on psychoanalysing Argentina. In Chile, many are optimistic that prosperity is coming. Venezuela's and Colombia's ambassadors to the US tell their sides of a tense story. Adios, Monroe Doctrine: Jorge Castaneda on when the Yanquis go home (and a response). An interview with Hugh Thomson on books on Mexico. For a place with as much common history and culture as Latin America, it is striking how its political landscape is marred by tensions on virtually every border. An interview with Michael Jacobs on books on the Andes. A review of Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador’s Modern Indigenous Movements by Marc Becker. Pablo Piccato, author of The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Public Sphere, on honor, violence, and political debate in Mexico. Why is economic liberalism so taboo in socially liberal Brazil? With its glacier-carved peaks and fjords, southern Chile remains one of the wildest places on Earth, but that could soon change.
Max Albert (JLU): Why Bayesian Rationality Is Empty, Perfect Rationality Doesn't Exist, Ecological Rationality Is Too Simple, and Critical Rationality Does the Job. From The Berlin Review of Books, a review of Jan Tschichold: Master Typographer: His Life, Work, and Legacy by Cees W. de Jong; and a review essay on handwriting and technology. Cheney’s Tortured World: An article on terrorism, torture and preemption. Laura Brodie on Becoming Jane Austen: Here are some of the best sellers that had the greatest influence on Austen’s early novels. A review of A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age by Joao Magueijo. From FT, a review of books on media and politics. From Irish Left Review, an article on Kraft and the state of advanced capitalism. From First Things, Michael P. Orsi on the drama of the Christian funeral. Why do all national anthems sound the same? Shouldn't the one for Iraq sound a little more "Arab-y"? Manhattan's Diva of Dirt: An interview with Michael Musto, author of Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back. Math, from basic to baffling: Steven Strogatz on division and its discontents. Populist retribution and financial services regulation: Adam C. Pritchard compares the current effort to reform financial services regulation with the regulatory initiatives that come out of the Great Depression. Life Among the "Yakkity Yaks": An interview with renowned inventor Temple Grandin on how the insights she gained from her own autism fueled her career. Christopher Sabatini on the 7 things President Hugo Chavez has taught him. The Godfather of Extreme Skiing: Meet Yuichiro Miura, the man who skied down Mt. Everest 40 years ago. A review of Have I Reasons by Robert Morris.
The Wagnerian Method: Physicists investigate the grand artistic vision of one of the most influential artists of the last two centuries. Abstract Science: Abstraction, not just mathematics, has its place in science as it does in art. A review of Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society: 350 Years of the Royal Society and Scientific Endeavour (and more and more and more and more). The end of an institution: Hard times for the Royal Institution and its former director, Lady Greenfield. Does the US produce too many scientists? Using new mathematical tools, researchers reveal major shifts in the structure of scientific research in order to uncover structural changes in large, interconnected systems. Corporate money to pay for scientific research? Get over it. Feynman and the Futurists: A dispute over the importance of a 50-year-old speech by Richard Feynman has implications for the multibillion-dollar National Nanotechnology Initiative. Five reasons science [hearts] Google: The company that tamed the Web is now helping researchers see the world with fresh eyes. A review of The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski (and more and more). A review of The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, ed. Richard Dawkins. Let's face it, science is boring: Mouse urine, pureed goldfish brains and human computers — sound interesting? Well, it's not. Longitudinal teaching of the history of science, running from primary to tertiary level, is the key to producing creative scientists. A test of patience: A look at the world’s longest, most elusive science experiment. Discover takes a look at the hottest science experiment on the planet. An article on the world's scariest science: What could possibly go wrong? Physicists re-create conditions of the Big Bang.