Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Socioeconomic Rights and Theories of Justice. Roland Pierik and Geoffrey Gordon (Amsterdam): Liberal Political Philosophy: The Role of Non-State Actors and Considerations of Global Justice. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Liberal Contractualism: Partial and Particularist, Impartial and Cosmopolitan. Hugo Mercier (Penn) and Helene E. Landemore (Yale): Reasoning is for Arguing: Understanding the Successes and Failures of Deliberation. Nicholas Vrousalis (Louvain): G. A. Cohen's Vision of Socialism and Libertarian Socialism: A Better Reconciliation between Self-Ownership and Equality. From Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, a series of essays on Robert Pippin and Hegel's Practical Philosophy. A review of Equality and Tradition: Questions of Value in Moral and Political Philosophy by Samuel Scheffler. The introduction to The Propriety of Liberty: Persons, Passions, and Judgement in Modern Political Thought by Duncan Kelly. The introduction to Perfecting Parliament: Constitutional Reform, Liberalism, and the Rise of Western Democracy by Roger Congleton. The introduction to Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality by Nicholas Southwood. The introduction to Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government by Corey L. Brettschneider. Hobbes got it wrong: W. G. Runciman wonders whether mistakes matter in the arguments of great philosophers. An interview with Tariq Modood on books on multiculturalism and political theory.
From Technology Review, an article on the 70 online databases that define our planet. Navigating past nihilism: Thirty years before Nietzsche pronounced God dead, Herman Melville was charting a course out of the abyss. In the age of sharing every tiny scrap of our lives, Devin Friedman socializes with the barely pubescent geniuses of Silicon Valley and asks: What is the endgame of your revolution, and can you promise me it won't suck? America's Most Dangerous Publisher: For Adam Parfrey, publishing the Unabomber's book is all in a day's work. Why are there tax havens? Adam H. Rosenzweig investigates. How not to solve the European debt crisis: The new legal tools Angela Merkel is touting aren't new and won't work. Is Germany and German Prime Minister Angela Merkel to blame for Europe's euro debt crisis? Secrets have long been the governing paradigm in national security and government intelligence, but the scientific challenges we face today demand a new ethic of openness. Turns out it's not that great for most of us: 3 reasons why the mortgage tax break isn't a break. What can we learn from literary frauds? David Bellos celebrates the art of the literary hoax from Plato to the present. Why we treat things like people: Cursing computers, talking to plants, even putting pigs on trial — anthropomorphism may be irrational, but it's how we cope with an indifferent world. What can the first how-to book for fiction still tell us?
A new issue of Freetought Today is out. Jeremy Patrick (York): The Curious Persistence of Blasphemy. Andrew Stephenson (Oxford): The Moderately Sceptical Theist and the Problem of (The Sheer Quantity of) Evil. Edmund Standing on the emptiness of academic theology. From Zenit, one objective of the new "Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger — Benedict XVI" is the creation of a Nobel Prize of Theology; and Cardinal Walter Brandmuller, author of Ateismo? No grazie! Credere è ragionevole ["Atheism? No Thanks! To Believe is Rational"], says atheism is irrational. A review of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Hart. Christians, Muslims and Jews are urged to unite in a war against atheists. From Alternet, why atheists are better prepared for death than believers, and why religious believers are so desperate for the atheist seal of approval. From Ovi, are the Ten Commandments still relevant today? A review of The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life by David Hazony. If the Bible contains clear errors, can it really be divinely inspired? Most atheists accept that Jesus probably existed — but should they? A review of The Death of God: An Investigation into the History of the Western Concept of God by Frederiek Depoortere. Can prosecutors indict and convict the Anti-Christ for identity theft? A look at some of the obstacles that prosecutors are likely to face.
Andy Lamey (UWA): Sympathy and Scapegoating in J. M. Coetzee. From the Journal of Comparative Politics, Neil Collins (Cork): Re-imagining Regulation for Democratic Political Systems: Lessons from Ireland; and Gary Aguiar (SDSU): The Agrarian Basis of Athenian Democracy. A new report says the bailout of GM and Chrysler was illegal — does it matter? From Vanity Fair, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Government’s failure to rein in a lethal profit machine. A study finds Vikings may have taken a Native American to Iceland. The Deal on DealBook: Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers two things that other Times staffers cannot — a strategy for the Internet, which the entire news business is grappling to find, and an extraordinarily lucrative advertising base, also in short supply (and more). Renovation Hauntings: Can home improvements unleash apparitions? From New York, ten years ago this month, a Supreme Court ruling ushered in George W. Bush as our 43rd president; five (sometime) novelists to imagine the past decade as if the election had gone the other way — America, this is your parallel life. A review of War is Not Over When it’s Over: Women Speak Out From the Ruins of War by Ann Jones. Why on Earth does Slavoj Zizek savage Buddhism at almost every opportunity? A review of Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Coward by Paul Johnson.
From Mental Floss, here is a crash course in Wikipedia vandalism. Is Wikipedia creative nonfiction? Wannabe Deleted: What does it take before Wikipedia decides to delete someone? The wiki way: Two cyber-gurus take a second look at how the internet is changing the world. A review of Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia by Joseph Reagle. Marvin Ammori on models for the Internet’s future: Obama-open or Julius-closed. Online comments show how news spreads: Online communication isn't just about photos of cats; it also reveals how information and ideas spread across a network. Undoubtedly, Google and other search engines have become part of everyday life — but are search engines knowledge producers, rather than neutral tools? (and more) We need to have more control over the technologies we use: Are Amazon, Netflix, Google making too many decisions for us? An article on the trouble with Facebook's "See Friendship" feature. How OpenID lost to Facebook Connect in the battle for your online identity. What would happen if Facebook made its data available for research? Arnold Roosendaal on how Facebook tracks and traces everyone, including non-Facebook members. A look at how a Web without tracking technology would be so much worse for users and consumers. A review of Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff.