Greg Bognar (NYU) and Samuel J. Kerstein (Maryland): Saving Lives and Respecting Persons. A review of What Is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up by Christian Smith. Sociality and Solitude: J. David Velleman on the various ways of valuing personhood. From BMCR, a review of Bitter Knowledge: Learning Socratic Lessons of Disillusion and Renewal by Thomas Eisele; and a review of The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy by Martin Puchner. An interview with Graham Priest, author of An Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (and part 2). A review of Death and Mortality in Contemporary Philosophy by Bernard Schumacher. A review of After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency by Quentin Meillassoux. A review of Postanalytic and Metacontinental: Crossing Philosophical Divides. A review of An Introduction to Philosophical Methods by Chris Daly. A review of The Nature and Future of Philosophy by Michael Dummett. A review of Wittgenstein in Exile by James C. Klagge. An article on David Hume’s tercentenary: So when do the celebrations start? (and more) Philosopher in love: David Hume proved himself equal to his philosophy. Can the great classical thinkers still advise us on how to live? A host of new books shows how philosophers of the past can help us find wisdom and meaning in the present. Whether or not being moral is instrumental to personal good, does being moral itself somehow constitute an element of personal good? Philosophy that’s not for the masses: James Ladyman argues that philosophy’s inaccessibility is actually a good thing. On beer and thought: An interview with Matt Lawrence, author of Philosophy on Tap: Pint-Sized Puzzles for the Pub Philosopher. Why have philosophers not had more to say about the phenomenology and social, political, legal, economic, and medical aspects of cannabis?
Lauren Feldman (American), Anthony Leiserowitz (Yale), and Edward W. Maibach (George Mason): The Impact of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report on Public Attentiveness to Science and the Environment. Birtherism, the debt ceiling, climate change, evolution: Are Republicans losing their grip on reality? (and more). The online world of female desire: For women indulging their curiosity, Internet erotica is less about flesh than about finding Mr. Right. From Dissent, a symposium on the killing of Osama bin Laden. A sexist pig myth: The scandals of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Arnold Schwarzenegger raise the question — does power turn regular guys into sexual predators? (and more) The Secret Sharer: Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state? Jane Mayer investigates. From the Fine Books Blog, L. D. Mitchell on the Library of Useful Knowledge. When Doomsday isn't, believers struggle to cope. Harold Camping needs to publicly apologize for being wrong about his doomsday prediction and leading people astray, said a Southern Baptist leader. A review of Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas by Christopher Reed. From Egypt to Syria, tensions over religion and clans have threatened uprisings that once seemed to promise a new sense of national identity built on the idea of citizenship. Roseanne Barr was a sitcom star, a creator and a product, the agitator and the abused, a domestic goddess and a feminist pioneer — that was twenty years ago, but as far as she’s concerned, not much has changed. The Immortal Horizon: With an elevation gain twice that of Everest and a host of outsize wildlife, the Barkley Marathons may be the world's most difficult race. A look at why religious conservatives are obsessed with Israel. Is New Jersey's Xanadu megamall worth saving?
Piero Cinquegrana (UCLA): Do Financial Crises Make War More Likely? James R. Hackney, Jr. (Northeastern): The Enlightenment and Financial Crisis of 2008: An Intellectual History of Corporate Finance Theory. Wall Street Leviathan: Jeff Madrick reviews The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report; Regulating Wall Street: The Dodd-Frank Act and the New Architecture of Global Finance; and Reforming US Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank by Randall S. Kroszner and Robert J. Shiller. Robert E. Krainer (Wisconsin): Regulating Wall Street: The Dodd-Frank Act and the New Architecture of Global Finance. The regulation in the wake of the financial crisis partially addressed challenges exposed by the collapse — there’s need for a global framework along with explicit separation of market and credit risk. The Destruction of Economic Facts: Hernando de Soto argues that the financial crisis wasn't just about finance — it was about a staggering lack of knowledge. The Casino Economy: How Wall Street is gambling with America's financial future. Seth Hettena reviews In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic by David Wessel. John Pottow (Michigan): Ability to Pay. New York AG investigates mortgage fraud: Why haven't Wall Streeters gone to jail? Matt Taibbi on The People vs. Goldman Sachs: A Senate committee has laid out the evidence — now the Justice Department should bring criminal charges. A review of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World by William D. Cohan (and more). David Warsh on learning how to push back against the bankers. From FDL, a book salon on The Postcatastrophe Economy: Rebuilding America and Avoiding the Next Bubble by Eric Janszen. The Vigilante: Why Bill Gross, the man who runs the world's largest mutual fund, sold all his Treasury bonds. Free college on Wall Street's tab? Here are 5 reasons the finance sector should pay for full tuition at public universities.