A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out. Kevin Tobia, Wesley Buckwalter and Stephen Stich (Rutgers): Moral Intuitions: Are Philosophers Experts? J. David Velleman (NYU): Foundations for Moral Relativism. From NDPR, a review of The Ethical Project by Philip Kitcher; a review of The Ethics of Need: Agency, Dignity, and Obligation by Sarah Clark Miller; a review of Moralism: A Study of a Vice by Craig Taylor; and a review of Against Moral Responsibility by Bruce N. Waller. From The Utopian, an interview with T. M. Scanlon. The new leveller: An interview with Elizabeth Anderson. A review of Philosophers Past and Present: Selected Essays by Barry Stroud. Is philosophy literature? Analytic philosophy is reputed to be overly dry and technical, but a host of 20th century works are lyrical, engaging and a delight to read. Addicts, mythmakers and philosophers: Alan Brody explains Plato’s/Socrates’ understanding of habitually bad behavior. Public forums for the discussion of ideas are flourishing everywhere, from festivals to pubs, but will the popularity of philosophy groups have any lasting impact?
Rebecca M. Bratspies (CUNY): Food, Hunger and Technology. The Encyclopedia of American Loons profiles Phyllis Schlafly and Andy Schlafly. Tracy Strong on the highest law of the land. Can noise pollution be stopped? An interview with Garret Keizer, author of The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise. The biggest conventional bomb ever developed is ready to wreak destruction upon the enemies of the US Air Force; its record-breaking bunker-buster has become operational after years of testing. How penises work: It’s more complicated than that. What happens when high-IQ kids hang out (Hint: It involves being a self-absorbed jerk). Can we crowdsource the meaning of life? The Other Barbarians at the Gates: The Hamptons are Romney territory, but billionaire Jeff Greene thinks his neighbors would be wise to buy a little democracy insurance.
Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame): Thomas Paine Amidst the Early Feminists. Walk Like a Man: Men have a lot of freedom, but not when it comes to gender expression. An interview with Joel Stein, author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity. Whither the Manic Pixie Dream Guy? Why women deserve flaky free spirits, too. A review of The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys by David Benatar (and more). The academic feminist: Talking feminism and masculinities with Tristan Bridges. Are men spending too much time at the spa and the gym in lieu of grittier, manlier pursuits, and if so, is this making them less masculine? A review of Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Man: Psychoanalysis and Masculinity by Donald Moss. From Ms. blog, a series of articles on the future of feminism. The ManKind Project: Redefining masculinity for the 21st century. A review of The Declining Significance of Homophobia: How Teenage Boys are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality by Mark McCormack.
Antonis Sapountzis (Aristotle): Conspiracy Accounts as Intergroup Theories: Challenging Dominant Understandings of Social Power and Political Legitimacy. From New York, a special issue on sex. What would you do? A review of Traitor: The Whistleblower and the “American Taliban” by Jesselyn Radack and Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times by Eyal Press. From Cabinet, our aesthetic categories: An interview with Sianne Ngai on the cute, the interesting, and the zany; Mark Dorrian on Powers of Ten and the mastery of space by vision; Michael Wang on the Heck “Aurochs” and the quest for biological unity; and James Trainor on the lost world of New York City adventure playgrounds. Behind every new stadium or giant artwork is a team of engineers doing things that could not have been done a decade ago. Montaigne, Ben-Hur, and JFK: Gore Vidal talks with Bookforum (2007).
A new issue of First Monday is out. Matthew Kelly (Pitt): All Bugs Are Shallow: Digital Biopower, Hacker Resistance, and Technological Error in Open Source Software. A review of Technology: A World History by Daniel Headrick. An interview with Richard M. Stallman, founder of the GNU project and free software campaigner. A review of When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity by Shoshana Amielle Magnet. From n+1, David Auerbach on the stupidity of computers. Tim Stevens is the nicest guy in tech, not to mention one of the most powerful; the editor in chief of Engadget plays a crucial role in the $190 billion consumer electronics industry. Having outlived a number of its corporate owners, and spurred on by its passionate users, the Amiga computer is going back to market again — but this time, in very different forms. King of the Hill: Can established tech companies be bested? Such a long journey: An interview with Kevin Kelly. Did Bill Gates steal the heart of DOS? The mystery of the rumored theft of CP/M by a little company called Microsoft can finally be investigated — using software forensic tools.
A new issue of The Jury Expert is out. From the New York Review of Magazines, an interview with John Ficarra, editor of Mad magazine; and a look at how college humor magazines got the last laugh. Obama’s Right Wing: Meet the Burkeans who voted for the president (and might do it again). From n+1, new technology may provide increased convenience or security at the expense of privacy, and many people may find the tradeoff worthwhile; the question is whether the public cares enough about privacy to help restore what is becoming an old-fashioned ideal. From The Awl, Lizzie Skurnick on why we hate-search. It’s hip, it’s cool, it’s libertarianism: Calling yourself a libertarian today is a lot like wearing a mullet back in the nineteen eighties. A look at how science predicts which Olympic events will be the most exciting to watch.
From Intelligent Life, the latest “Big Question”: What is the best sport? (and more) A review of The Victor's Crown: A History of Ancient Sport from Homer to Byzantium by David Potter. Olympics, 388 B.C.: Political rivalries flared and money flowed, but it was more like a rock festival than what we'll see in London. From TLS, a review essay on Olympic sports. Louis Menand on what we watch when we watch the Olympics. Even as it hopes to clarify the difference between male and female athletes, a new rule from the IOC inadvertently stirs the waters. A new study finds that women prefer the Olympics to regular season sports primarily because the events are short and fast-paced. Poets are staging events around the 2012 Olympics, but they once competed in the Games. Tanni Grey-Thompson, the 11 times gold medal-winning Paralympian athlete, now a peer in Britain’s House of Lords, on the spirit and legacy of the Olympics. The strange thing about Bruce Jenner: He was the greatest athlete of his time, but you know him as Kim Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie's dad — or the first great athlete to marry a Kardashian.