From Film-Philosophy, a special issue on Jean Baudrillard. The inaugural issue of the new journal Analecta Hermeneutica has a series of papers on continental philosophy and hermeneutics. From Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy, a special issue on Continental Philosophy, including Gail Weiss (GWU): Intertwined Identities: Challenges to Bodily Autonomy; and an interview with the New School's Simon Critchley. Cigdem Cidam (Missouri State): Antonio Negri's Radical Critique of Contemporary Capitalism: Invoking Love, Revolutionizing Politics and Theorizing Democracy. From e-flux, an interview with Antonio Negri. On the common, universality, and communism: A conversation between Etienne Balibar and Antonio Negri. Cultural theorist Paul Virilio has been repeating essentially the same thing, packed inside different specifics at different times, over and over for the past 30 years; maybe it’s time for everybody — not just French people and college students — to start listening to him. A review of Marx through Post-Structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze by Simon Choat. Why Deleuze (still) matters: Andrew Robinson on states, war-machines and radical transformation. A review of books by Alain Badiou (and more). Alberto Toscano delineates Alain Badiou’s political thinking to differentiate his conclusions from those reached in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. Ceasefire proflies Slavoj Zizek: The Dog’s Bollocks at the Media Dinner Party. Slavoj Zizek wages a fight on two fronts, against both God and capitalism. Here are excerpts from the forthcoming book Zizek and the Media by Paul Taylor. A review of Derrida: Profanations by Patrick O'Connor. A review of Derrida by Benoit Peeters. A review of Alienation after Derrida by Simon Skempton. A review of The Truth (and Untruth) of Language: Heidegger, Ricoeur and Derrida on Disclosure and Displacement by Gert-Jan van der Heiden.
Ram Mukul Fishman (Columbia): Gross National Happiness: A Real Alternative or a Romantic Wish? Impressions From the Fourth International Conference on Gross National Happiness in Bhutan. From Frieze, an interview with Simon Critchley on community, collaboration, avant-garde rituals and being "religious without religion". The religious excuse for barbarity: Why are we sitting silently while our treatment of many of our animals regresses to the standard of the sixth century? The rise of the lazy locavore: Why grow your own food when you can kick your feet up and watch somebody else farm your backyard? At serious restaurants all over town, carrots, peas, and the like are no longer just the supporting cast, they’re the stars — move over locavores, here come the vegivores. 10 traditions you never thought needed protecting: An article on UNESCO's oddest intangible national treasures. Should we stop wasting time on housework? In an age of fast living and a culture of convenience, do we still care about keeping up appearances? Freaks, Geeks, and Economists: A study confirms every suspicion you ever had about high-school dating. What King James wrought: How the Bible still shapes the language. From Vice, meet the Gregory Brothers, the Double Rainbow Bed Intruder guys. Welcome to the new world of shaming, in which the ancient fear of public humiliation and ostracism (once a homely, low-tech business of the stocks and pillories) has become a high-tech tool to motivate and incentivize. Good for goodness' sake: Are secularists Scrooges? Governmental Marks: Malla Pollack on what souvenirs say about speech and sovereignty. Is ballet really dying? Don't believe the diagnosis in Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans. Every day's a holiday at the UN — including today.
From Popular Mechanics, Joe Hasler on the truth about TSA airport scanning; an article on airport security vs personal privacy: 3 things no one wants to talk about; Valerie Ross fact-checks the pilots' letter; how animal behavior scientist Temple Grandin would fix airport security; and an interview with Bruce Schneier: TSA scans "won't catch anybody". Here is a five-step plan to a sane airport security system. Against the odds, "Don’t touch my junk" has become a clarion call for frustrated air travelers. Don’t Scan Me, Bro! Why it’s men leading the TSA backlash. Why body-scanner fury is unhinging America: 5 theories. Why we are angry at the TSA: As long as it's just Muslims being tortured rather than Grandma being strip-searched, the price of liberty seems all too abstract (and more). Don't tread on my junk: How Republicans learned to hate the TSA all over again. Republicans in a post-post-9/11 era: National security is no longer a higher priority than undermining Obama. Deadly terrorism existed before 9/11: We've been dealing with the same threats for decades, but we used to be a lot calmer about it, less self-defeating. Mark Greenberg on why the much-maligned earmark is good for America. Why anyone claiming to be a fiscal conservative is probably wrong. If the bipartisan deficit commission doesn't work, how about a partisan one? Dean Baker on the Deficit Commission’s parallel universe. Would you be willing to accept these hard choices, all offered by the President’s commission? 7,000 ways to fix the deficit: A puzzle gave readers a chance to post their own solutions — together, they show that compromise won’t be all that easy (and more at The Economist). In a letter to President Obama, members of the group Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength argue that it is time to tax the rich. Warren Buffett says rich Americans should be paying "a lot" more in taxes. This time, Senator Ron Wyden says, his tax reform plan really has a chance. What America needs is more tax brackets, not fewer.
From New Scientist, extreme survival: A series on the toughest life forms on Earth. From Fast Company, Danielle Sacks on the future of advertising: Advertising is on the cusp of its first creative revolution since the 1960s — but the ad industry might get left behind. America’s toughest sheriffs are corrupt, mustachioed. If I’m hot, then why are you not? (and part 2) The Raw and the Cooked: An interview with Catalin Avramescu on cannibalism and the moral order of society. A review of The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Alice Popejoy on genetic discrimination, the best reason for universal healthcare you’ve never heard of. Garry Wills reviews 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective by G.B. Trudeau. The forgotten freedom: We say that everything in our nation is political, but in a deeper sense of the word, almost nothing anymore in our nation is political, and that is the problem. Unlearning to tawk: After being mocked, some New Yorkers have turned to speech therapists to reduce or eliminate their distinctive accents. Thinking you can learn anything about sex from a Color Me Badd song isn't all that different from imaging you'll learn anything about verifiable facts from a Business Insider article. DNA and geneaological records of native Icelanders reveal that an Amerindian woman may have been the first native American to set foot in Europe. Pascal's endgame: Animals have often been our tools, but these days we’re also using animals to augment our epistemology, in a deadly race between perception and perfection. Culture and Its Discontents: Matthew Arnold understood that culture is a permanent invitation to all to stand upon the shoulders of giants who have gone before. Ahmed Ghailani's trial shows that courts should admit all reliable evidence.
The latest issue of Catholic Education is out. Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): Human Law and Natural Law in the Catholic Tradition: Authoritative Guides to the Good Life. A review of The Mind that Is Catholic. Philosophical and Political Essays by James V. Schall, S.J. Fired, in a crowded theater: Can a Catholic professor speak about homosexuality without risking his job? From Inside Catholic, Marian Crowe on the case for Catholic Studies; and a look at how John Locke influenced Catholic Social Teaching; and who is the "real" Christian? Habemus Economistem: Christopher Westley on some economics of Papal deaths and successions. From First Things, “country” provides an anchor against the vanity or dreaminess of “mere cosmopolitanism,” and “God” provides an antidote to the excesses of national chauvinism — but beware those who use religion to rally believers to serve a political cause; and a sanctified patriotism is dangerous — both for sane politics and for the integrity of religious faith. Is Catholicism in China different from elsewhere? The Church is learning how to make media controversy an opportunity to evangelize, some leading Catholic communicators are asserting. A review of Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed by Tracey Rowland. Eight reasons why men only should serve at Mass. Is the Church lost? Where the Church has gone wrong and how we can get back on track. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn't Catholic enough. An interview with Thomas Worcester, author of The Papacy Since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor. For a Catholic sexual counterrevolution: A review of A Tremor of Bliss: Sex, Catholicism, and Rock 'n' Roll by Mark Judge. For Roman Catholics, a renewed interest in exorcism. From Eureka Street, a look at what Catholics expect from politicians. A Polish town erects the world's largest Jesus statue.