Charles Blattberg (Montreal): Taking War Seriously and Taking Politics Seriously — But Not Too Seriously. Charles Blattberg (Montreal): Political Philosophies and Political Ideologies. Fred Eidlin (Guelph): The Problem of Legitimacy for Illegitimate and Semi-Legitimate Regimes. Josh Chafetz (Cornell): The Political Animal and the Ethics of Constitutional Commitment. Rainer Forst (Frankfurt): The Grounds of Critique: On the Concept of Human Dignity in Social Orders of Justification. F. Patrick Hubbard (South Carolina): Justice, Limits to Growth, and an Equilibrium State. John A. Bruegger (WUSTL): Republican Freedom: Three Problems. Mogens Herman Hansen (Copenhagen): Democratic Freedom and the Concept of Freedom in Plato and Aristotle. Daniele Archibugi (CNR): Cosmopolitan Democracy: A Restatement. From Living Reviews in Democracy, Nils-Christian Bormann (ETH Zurich): Patterns of Democracy and Its Critics; and Linda Maduz (Zurich): Direct Democracy. Vivian Eulalia Hamilton (William & Mary): Immature Citizens and the State. James A. Gardner (Buffalo): Anonymity and Democratic Citizenship. Does politics need more philosophy? Such can be the striking impact of a political philosophy given a chance to play its role in public life: A review of A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain by Jose Luis Marti. Why do political theory today? Colin Farrelly investigates. A review of Political Philosophy: An Introduction by Richard G. Stevens. A review of Political Philosophy: Fact, Fiction, and Vision by Mario Bunge. The first chapter from On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy by G. A. Cohen. A review of Responsibility for Justice by Iris Marion Young. Simon Blackburn reviews Justice for Hedgehogs by Ronald Dworkin (and more and more and more).
From Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Catherine Addison (Zululand): Enlightenment and Virginity. From Triple Canopy, Sam Frank on The Document: “I mumble when I talk. I am not prepossessing. Except when I am” — a written life. Jonathan Cohn on the hard questions about Libyan intervention. From The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert on the lessons from Japan’s disaster; Kenzaburo Oe on the lessons of Hiroshima; James Surowiecki on the economics of natural disasters; and Evan Osnos on living with catastrophe. Still pointed after all these years: On spiked’s 10th birthday, editor Brendan O’Neill explains why we plan to keep on fighting our war of words against illiberalism and misanthropy (and more and more). Geek Love: Richard Lawson on the changing face of gay. A look at how The New York Times paywall could turn out to be a success. What’s almost as disturbing as the persistent right-wing attacks on an institution respected and relied upon by the broad public is NPR’s seeming unwillingness to stand up for itself. From Fafblog, the Medium Lobster on Humanitarians of the Year. The battle over bike lanes isn’t about bikes vs. cars, or borough vs. borough — it’s about competing ideas of what, and who, a city is for; is New York too New York for bike lanes? From TNR, John Judis on how the Left got Libya wrong; and Lawrence Kaplan on Obama, Libya, and the dubious ethics of modern air wars. Sex is cheap: Why young men have the upper hand in bed, even when they're failing in life. Our Zombies, Ourselves: Why we can’t get the undead off our brains. Our psychic living room: Why it's particularly important to read David Foster Wallace. The Next Queen of Magic: Does magic need more female performers to be cool again? An excerpt from Blind Spot: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel.
From Kairos, two issues on the Bible. Great Bible verses (that Christians don’t use): It’s true — the Bible is literally filled to the brim with verses that you wouldn’t want your children reading. A review of Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal by John Woodbridge. This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of an influential translation of the Bible; Scott McLemee hears echoes of it everywhere. Gordon Douglas on 10 Biblical atrocities that go overlooked (and part 2). Americans say that the Bible is central to them — a divine instruction manual for life on earth; how is it, then, that they know so little of it? A review of The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book by Timothy Beal (and more). The Bible condemns many things in the story of Sodom, but homosexuality is not one of them. Biblical justice: The Bible’s social vision isn’t as simple as many think — this contradictory book can be as radical as it is repressive. Why study Biblical languages? Nicholas Frankovich investigates. How biblical literalism took root: The Bible doesn't state that it should be read literally — yet an all-or-nothing approach is the core of many Christians' faith. Two new books argue that the Bible isn't the squeaky-clean endorsement of no-sex-until-marriage that conservatives say it is. Timothy Beal introduces five different versions of the Bible, from the New Oxford Annotated edition to less traditional "green" and feminist takes. A review of The Legacy of the King James Bible: Celebrating 400 Years of the Most Influential English Translation by Leland Ryken. Jacques Berlinerblau on atheists in Biblical scholarship. An interview with Jennifer Wright Knust, author of Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire. Michael Maudlin, an editor of the new C.S. Lewis Bible — a Bible annotated with Lewis quotations — says he does not want to make of Lewis a “personality cult”, but the cult is here, and growing. A review of Read and Share Bible: More than 200 Best-loved Bible Stories by Gwen Ellis. Theologians launch the Good Book Blog to tackle Biblical illiteracy. Is it right to revise the Bible? The New American Bible is not the first Catholic bible to be updated to reflect changes in the way English is understood, but the latest revisions are controversial. A look at how God's wife Asherah was edited out of the Bible.