Huafang Li (American): Less Corruption Without Democracy: Does China’s Decentralization Differ from Other Former Communist Countries? As regions such as Xinjiang and Guangdong get richer and more powerful, it may be harder to govern from Beijing. A review of Who's Afraid of China? The Challenge of Chinese Soft Power by Michael Barr. A review of American Wheels, Chinese Roads: The Story of General Motors in China by Michael J. Dunne. A review of Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power. Chris Campbell on the "China Rule" and the cult of Confucius. Are China’s rulers getting religion? Meet the New Mao: It may be time to concede that China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, is not the moderate that many have assumed. A review of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel (and more and more and more and more). When it was revealed that the grandson of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong was teaching at a college in Guangzhou, it unleashed a barrage of comment in China over the appointment of "celebrity professors". China’s Fox News: Meet Global Times, the angry Chinese government mouthpiece that makes Bill O'Reilly seem fair and balanced. An interview with David Bandurski on monitoring changes in China’s media. Just as everyone who moves to San Diego considers learning how to surf, nobody comes to Hong Kong without considering some entrepreneurial endeavor.
J. Alexis Galan Avila (EUI): The Fragmentation of (International) Law and the Limits of Modern Systems Theory. From The Missouri Review, a look at why MFA rankings are useless (could they be useful?). Iowa Writers' Workshop director Curtis Sittenfeld on why critics of MFA programs have it wrong. Christopher Hitchens on how the Republican presidential candidates are benefiting from their “gaffes”: They’re not unforgivable, just imprudent. Why does this pig Jason Barker have a job at the New York Fed? Bloomberg reports that as Treasury secretary, Hank Paulson gave a potentially lucrative heads-up to hedge fund managers — should we be outraged? The government and the big banks deceived the public about their $7 trillion secret loan program— they should be punished. It seems unavoidable that some European countries will have to support other EU member states, yet Europe finds itself in an unfortunate bind: fiscal integration is unsustainable, and fiscal minimalism is unwanted. 5 ways to save Europe: The fallout from its fast-approaching financial meltdown would hurt the US. Eurodoom: The terrifying new theory that the European economic crisis could devastate the US. Habermas, the Last European: A philosopher's mission to save the EU. The introduction to The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits by Emrys Westacott. A look at the best public restroom in America.
The latest issue of Philosophy in Review is out. Larry Alexander (USD): Deontological Constraints in a Consequentialist World: A Comment on Law, Economics and Morality. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): The Doctrine of Double Effect and the Trolley Problem. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Boundaries of the Moral (and Legal) Community. Joseph Raz (Columbia): Value: A Menu of Questions. Santiago Zabala (Barcelona): Being in the University: Philosophical Education or Legitimations of Analytic Philosophy? From the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, a special issue on a contemporary reassessment of William James, a century later. Can philosophers give us any insights into what is going on when belief systems clash? An interview with Peg O'Connor, author of On the Rocks Is a Form of Life: Philosophy and Addiction. A review of What Should I Do? Philosophers on the Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling by Alexander George. Mike Alder explains why mathematicians and scientists don’t like philosophy but do it anyway. An interview with J.M. Bernstein on humiliation, mutual dependency and why “who we are is not up to us”. Are moral judgements simply relative to culture? Paul Boghossian suggests that moral relativism is an untenable position. An interview with Raymond Geuss. Of all the things you might imagine you’d find in a professional philosopher’s toolkit, a rubber duck might not be the first to spring to mind. An interview with professor emeritus of philosophy John Perry, winner of a 2011 Ig Nobel Prize.