Franco V. Trivigno (Marquette): Philosophy and the Ordinary: On the Setting of Plato’s Lysis. J. David Velleman (NYU): Regarding Doing Being Ordinary. Vittorio Villa (Palermo): Relativism: A Conceptual Analysis. From Butterflies and Wheels, an article on Sam Harris, Massimo Pigliucci and moral philosophy. A Tale of Two Philosophers: An interesting and significant online discussion between Hadley Arkes and Matthew O’Brien on the content of moral judgment has recently played out (and a response). Is morality relative? Philosophers who think everyday morality is objective should examine the evidence. David Hume at 300: Alook at the life and legacy of the incendiary tercentenarian. Simon Blackburn reviews Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays by Charles Taylor. From NDPR, a review of The Philosophy of Richard Rorty; and a review of Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty. A review of Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament: Essays 2002-2008 by Thomas Nagel. Based on his UNO lecture, it seems some philosophers still haven't caught up with Saul Kripke. On the question of the general value or viability of experimental philosophy, there is only one reasonable position. Why does so much philosophy take place in bars and coffeehouses? An interview with Scott F. Parker and Michael W. Austin, authors of Coffee: Grounds for Debate. Not just armchair philosophers: From wars to divorce to business, today's Aristotles are taking on issues of our time. Sophie's World author Jostein Gaarder turns from philosophy to climate change. Alain de Botton launches series of "philosophical" self-help books. Michael Dummett is Wykeham Professor of Logic Emeritus at the University of Oxford, and he likes playing cards — so much so that he co-founded the International Playing-Card Society, which is currently asking scholars (and other interested parties) to help with Unsolved Problems in Playing-Card Research.

From Ethics & International Affairs, Allen Buchanan (Duke) and Robert O. Keohane (Princeton): Precommitment Regimes for Intervention: Supplementing the Security Council; and Terry Nardin (NUS): Middle-Ground Ethics: Can One Be Politically Realistic Without Being a Political Realist? Too old to hold: Jesse Bering on MILFs, cougars and the mystery of gerontophilia. From Arcade, Roland Greene on the social role of the critic. Do-nothing Congress as a cure: The expiration of the Bush tax cuts would mean a return to the Clinton tax rates and a good start to a smaller deficit. Balanced-budget plan: How Congress could cut the deficit to zero in eight years by literally doing nothing. How Ayn Rand ruined my childhood: My dad saw objectivism as a logical philosophy to live by, but it tore my family apart. Here are 9 things the rich don't want you to know about taxes. Should financial literacy be mandatory? British MPs want compulsory finance education in schools, but there's mixed evidence on effectiveness. A review of Sex Before the Sexual Revolution by Simon Szreter and Kate Fisher. The 100th anniversary of Ellen Churchill Semple’s Influences of Geographic Environment makes this year an appropriate moment to revisit her scholarship. A review of The Use and Abuse of Literature by Marjorie Garber. The first chapter from Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel. Got robots? Kids and profs predict the future of work. Things that go bump in the night: In the community of believers, paranormal sexual encounters are known as “spectrophilia”. An epic undertaking to analyse and identify the triangle of nerd-geek-dorkery: Which is the more prevalent, are there sterotypes by subject, do some stand alone?

Joel Rogers (Wisconsin): Divide and Conquer: The Legal Foundations of Postwar U.S. Labor Policy (and a response). Alan Hyde (Rutgers): The Idea of the Idea of Labour Law: A Parable. Researchers say the decline of union rights in the US contributes to the growing wage gap for all private sector workers, including nonunion members. Gray Brechin revisits the WPA to remind America of its potential. From Democracy, the working class became more diverse in the 1970s, but we can’t wish away the fact that it declined as well — a response to Jennifer Klein; and a symposium on arguing the economy, including Elaine C. Kamarck on three fights we can win; Paul Pierson on inequality and its casualties; and Jonathan Chait on the triumph of taxophobia. The 12 States of America: How income inequality is fracturing our economic landscape. From Room for Debate, why do Americans seem relatively unperturbed about growing income inequality? Renegotiating the social contract: A review of The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals by Maxine Eichner. Whose New Haven? James Cersonsky on reversing the slant of the knowledge economy. Liberal urbanites complain that politicians pay too much attention to rural America, but the truth is we hardly do at all. The Two Real Americas: How city dwelling, unionized workers and rural farmers — despite their swan dive from economic and political dominance — are still stand-ins for America’s political divide. Lisa R. Pruitt (UC-Davis): The Geography of the Class Culture Wars. Does America have a cultural elite? Yes, but not the one that some worriers have in mind. The Real Housewives of Wall Street:Why is the Federal Reserve forking over $220 million in bailout money to the wives of two Morgan Stanley bigwigs? The Making of Debtor Nation: Debt has a history — one we'd better learn if we are to understand our strange melange of prosperity and insecurity.