Edward B. Foley (Ohio State): The Founders’ Bush v. Gore: The 1792 Election Dispute and its Continuing Relevance. Even after 150 years full of grief and pride and anger, we greet the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War wondering, why did the South secede? A review of A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900 by Stephen Puleo. Did principle or pragmatism start the American Revolution? A review of As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution by Richard Archer; American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People by T. H. Breen; and Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America by Benjamin L. Carp. Here is the full draft of Law in American History by G. Edward White. From CRB, a review of books on the Progressive Era. James Buchanan was the only bachelor president, William Rufus King the only single vice president — were they Victorian chums or something more? The Great American Argument: Gordon Wood reviews Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier. An interview with Richard Francis, author of Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia. You might say that the American Revolution was won with the help of the most notorious wiki-leaker of his day, the Chevalier d’Eon. A review of Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism by Jeff Riggenbach. American Hustlers: The surprisingly parallel lives of George Washington and Jay-Z.
A new issue of Church and State is out. Michael Rich (Elon): A Snitch, Not a Hero: Philosophical Lessons of Loyalty and Disloyalty in the World of Criminal Informants. An Open Letter from El Diario: Ciudad Juarez's daily newspaper explains Mexico's conflict, beseeches the United States to change its policy, and mourns the deaths of its own. Earth’s oceans are in trouble, but the 2010 Census of Marine Life — the first ever attempt to document all that lives in the sea — will kick-start the recovery effort. In the popular imagination, gifted ones are a breed apart, capable of insights or artistic creations that no amount of training and effort could produce in ordinary folk — you either have it at birth or you don't. How male oil rig staff learned to lose their machismo. From First Things, Joe Carter writes in defense of disgust. The Town That Went Mad: Pont St. Esprit is a small town in southern France — in 1951 it became famous as the site of one of the most mysterious medical outbreaks of modern times. Confederate flag activates racist mindset: White college students exposed to images of a Confederate flag judged a black person more harshly and expressed less willingness to vote for Barack Obama in 2008. A lost civilization may have existed beneath the Persian Gulf (and more). Human beings are little meaning machines who cannot help but create and then leave meanings on everything that pertains to a human world.
J. David Velleman (NYU): There are No "Reasons for Acting". Wesley Buckwalter (CUNY) and Stephen Stich (Rutgers): Gender and Philosophical Intuition (and more at Philosophy TV) From the inaugural issue of Logos and Episteme, Susan Haack (Miami): Belief in Naturalism: An Epistemologist's Philosophy of Mind. From Thought and Practice, Jennifer Lisa Vest (UCF): Perverse and Necessary Dialogues in African Philosophy; and Barry Hallen (Morehouse): “Ethnophilosophy” Redefined? From the inaugural issue of Philosophical News, Michele Marsonet (Genoa): Metaphysics and Naturalism; Angelo Campodonico (Genoa): Human Nature, Desire for Recognition, Freedom; and a review of Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem by Mark Balaguer. From Synthesis Philosophica, a special issue on John Dewey. An interview with Scott Soames on books on the philosophy of language. A review of Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy by Stephen D. Hales. A review of Seeing Wittgenstein Anew. A review of The End of Comparative Philosophy and the Task of Comparative Thinking by Steven Burik. From Philosophy TV, Ben Bradley and Dale Dorsey debate well-being, subjectivism, and hedonism. Pedro Blas Gonzalez on a life-affirming reconstruction in the discipline of philosophy: What could be the defining characteristics of such a task? A review of A New History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny. From On the Human, do people actually believe in objective moral truths? Joshua Knobe investigates.
Christian Aspalter (BNU-HKBU): Different Worlds of Welfare Capitalism: Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and Singapore. A look at how trivial decisions will impact your happiness. From TPM, here are your nominees for the 2010 Golden Duke Awards. You can tell a lot from the names of cars. How much disturbance can a system withstand? With roots in ecology and complexity science, resilience theory can turn crises into catalysts for innovation. Over long haul, money doesn’t buy happiness: "Easterlin Paradox" revisited. A review of Capital Offense: How Washington's Wise Men Turned America's Future Over to Wall Street by Michael Hirsh. Walter Donway previews the Atlas Shrugged movie. The Intellectual Value of Caring: Sure, feeling can cloud thinking, but it can also inspire it. Groupon Clipping: What’s the right price for the hot new thing? From NYRB, a review of Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint by John Cornwell. A new look at classic 19th-century Victorian novels reveals an understanding of behavior that largely mirrors the findings of modern psychological research. From The Awl, Maria Bustillos on Wikileaks and the dangers of hubris. Jamais Cascio on "neodicy", an articulation of futurology as a philosophical approach, not simply a tool for business or political strategy. We really do believe we’ve got more free will than the other guy.
Sky L. Ammann (Wisconsin): Clicking Your Way to the Polls: The Internet and Political Participation 1996-2008. Peter Calcagno (CofC) and Edward J. Lopez (SJSU): Divided We Vote. The first chapter from The Blame Game: Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self-Preservation in Government by Christopher Hood. Rachel E. Barkow (NYU): Insulating Agencies: Avoiding Capture Through Institutional Design. From Democracy, a symposium on The Role of Government including articles by Rick Perlstein, Alan Wolfe, and Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. A single cook, a specific recipe, quality control and uniform production — a visit to a real sausage factory suggests Congress could learn from the wurst. The Magic of Re-reinventing Government: Before the ideological war over entitlement reform begins, Congress should look to the ways technology can reduce the cost of government. From Applied Semiotics, a special issue on political discourse. An interview with Dietram Scheufele of the University of Wisconsin on political communication. Ten years after Bush v. Gore, a look at five unfinished election reforms. "Celebrating" the Tenth Anniversary of the 2000 Election Controversy: What the world can learn from the recent history of election dysfunction in the United States. Winning Faces: Biologically inspired vision algorithm predicts election results. What's so great about representative government? Stephen Mauzy wants to know. Why do voters tend to stick with whatever political party they join when they turn 18?