Owen Anderson (ASU): The Search for the Absolute: Analytic Philosophy as an Insufficient Response to Idealism. Banu Tumkaya (Akdeniz): Philosophical Thought Experiments Versus Scientific Ones. From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Ordinary Language Philosophy: A Reappraisal, including Sally Parker Ryan (Pacific): Reconsidering Ordinary Language Philosophy: Malcolm’s (Moore’s) Ordinary Language Argument; Alberto Voltolini (Turin): Is Wittgenstein a Contextualist?; Jeff Johnson (Saint Catherine): Grice’s Unspeakable Truths; Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes): The Experimental Turn and Ordinary Language; and Jonathan Trigg (Louisiana-Lafayette): The Philosophy of Ordinary Language Is a Naturalistic Philosophy. From Konturen, a special issue on Between Nature and Culture: After the Continental-Analytic Divide, including Jeffrey S. Librett (Oregon): Introduction: Analytic Philosophy as a Post-structuralism?; Paul M. Livingston (UNM): The Breath of Sense: Language, Structure, and the Paradox of Origin (an a response by Samuel C. Wheeler and a reply and a response and a reply); Bonnie Mann (Oregon): What Should Feminists Do about Nature?; Catrin Misselhorn (Tubingen): Empathy and Dyspathy with Androids: Philosophical, Fictional, and (Neuro)Psychological Perspectives; and Martin Klebes (Oregon): If Worlds Were Stories. A review of Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas by Robert B. Brandom (and more).
From Review of Biblical Literature, a review of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany by Susannah Heschel; and a review of Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century by James Crossley. Why have UFOs changed speed over the years? Martin S. Kottmeyer wants to know. From Hilobrow, here are some reasons why Joseph Campbell should go back on the shelf. Women have traditionally been seen as nothing more than beautiful distractions on a magician’s stage, but now, they’re breaking the stereotype to create their own brand of illusions. A review of Unbelievable: Investigations Into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena From the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory by Stacy Horn. Go on and help philosopher Stephen Law write an introduction to his new book to make it more snappy and appealing. The wager of immortality: From an analogy to what is, we discover, with the perfect sanction of reason, grounds for the hope of what may come to be. For a long time, Samantha Fountain had one mission: figure out a way to allow women to pee like men. Bilge Ebiri reviews Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut by Rob Sheffield. Social scientists have been surveying young people for decades, looking for trends in thinking and behavior, but assessing a generation’s collective personality is a far slipperier territory.
From Swans, Michael Barker interviews Robert Arnove, author of Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism: The Foundations at Home and Abroad (and a review); Dennis Buss, author of "The Ford Foundation in Public Education"; Peter Seybold, author of The Development of American Political Sociology: A Case Study of the Ford Foundation's Role in the Production of Knowledge; Mary Anna Colwell, author of Philanthropic Foundations and Public Policy: The Political Role of Foundations; and Edward Berman, author of The Influence of the Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations on American Foreign Policy: The Ideology of Philanthropy. Behind the Billionaire Pact: Some 40 philanthropists worth a combined $230 billion are publicly pledging to give away their fortunes (and more on why sharing the wealth isn't enough, and more on philanthro-capitalism). On philanthropy, what gives? Experts say that our own sense of self-worth plays into whether or not we give or don't give our hard-earned dollars to charity. The real liberal elite: Now that more liberals are as rich as Republicans, do we risk forgetting the poor and working families? The simple truth is that the wealthy are undertaxed compared with everyone else. Peter Laarman on why taxing the rich is the godly thing. Soak the very, very rich: James Surowiecki on building a smarter tax code (and more). The Reagan Revolution is stealing our future: Tax cuts for the rich are pure theft. William Gale on five myths about the Bush tax cuts. The liberal case for regressive taxation: Why progressives should not oppose a value-added tax. If the debate over tax policy is going to be accurate, it's probably worth diversifying our terminology.
From M/C Journal, a special issue on deafness. Julian Sanchez on why the intelligence community needs GAO oversight. Can the government actually plug the WikiLeak? The declining literacy of our present age has been lamented many times, and yet never sufficiently; consider, for instance, all the erroneous thinking occasioned by the misuse of the word “elite”. Jaron Lanier on The First Church of Robotics: The concept of artificial intelligence clouds our view of the world. Don’t be ugly by accident: People don't really think about flash, focus, and aperture when they choose a profile photo, and yet, their misuse can seriously mess you up. Walter Block, author of Defending the Undefendable, on defending the blackmailer. From The New Individualist, an article on the persecution of KPMG: Is there such a thing as a right to violate the rights of others? Find out how government prosecutors claimed such a right, all in the name of justice; in a world where everything from socializing to sex is becoming bureaucratized, David Kelley shows you why rule-breaking can be your best moral option; a Washington couple finds fulfillment in a cocktail of philosophy and fashion — metaphysics never looked so good; and here is the story of the IQ2 US debates. The Bounceback Problem: Why patients can't stay out of hospitals. The late historian Tony Judt was provocative and courageous ; Scott McLemee practices reader response criticism.
Sarah Bienkowski (Rutgers): Has France Taken Assimilation Too Far? Muslim Beliefs, French National Values, and the June 27, 2008 Conseil D'Etat Decision. From National Review, should France ban the burqa? A symposium. Why France is banning the veil: The legislation is only the latest move in a centuries-old grapple between the French state and organised religion. After a series of books established him as a world-famous analyst of radical Islam, Gilles Kepel decided to start mapping a renaissance in Gulf-Europe relations. The battle for a European Islam: In an effort to better assimilate Muslims into its society, Germany seeks to incorporate the education of imams into the country's universities. An interview with Ruprecht Polenz: "Turkey belongs in the EU". Not about prejudice: EU members have good reason to be cautious about Turkish accession. From NPQ, a special section on Islam in Europe. The burqa and the body electric: The clash between religious liberty and the state goes back centuries. Walter Laqueur on Europe's long road to the mosque. An interview with Ian Buruma, author of Taming the Gods. A review of Nomad: From Islam to America by Ayaan Hirsi and The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman (and more and more). A review of The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism by Theodore Dalrymple. Culturalism and culture as political ideology: More unites Left and Right in the fierce debate on multiculturalism.