From The Diplomat, an interview with Stephen M. Walt on American alliances in Asia, U.S. - China relations, Iran and more. More or less: Stephen M. Walt on the debate on U.S. grand strategy. P. J. O'Rourke on how zero-sum makes zero sense: “Dear Mr. President: Given that hypocrisy is an important part of diplomacy, and diplomacy is necessary to foreign policy, allow me to congratulate you on your reelection”. Yours, mine, but not ours: Corey Robin on why the politics of national security means that we’re all living in failed Hobbesian states. Known unknowns: Rosa Brooks on why even bad predictions are good for America. Steven Conn reviews State of War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1945-2011 by Paul A. C. Koistinen. How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet with its bases and troops? The United States has attacked or “intervened” officially in 145 countries since 1890. Recipe for a post-hegemonic USA: Kenneth Weisbrode on how self-defeating antics of US Congress reflect declining status and global influence. Robert W. Merry on Spengler's ominous prophecy: A questions haunts America — is it in decline on the world scene?
Lars G. Tummers, Brenda Vermeeren, Bram Steijn and V.J.J.M. Bekkers (EUR): Public Professionals and Policy Implementation: Conceptualizing and Measuring Three Types of Role Conflicts. From the International Journal of Multicultural Education, a special issue on the past, present and future of multicultural education. From Technology Review, David Rotman on the difference between makers and manufacturers: Fans of 3-D printers and digital design tools argue that these technologies will transform the way we make goods — but can the “maker” movement really produce more than iPhone covers and jewelry? A terrifying problem for anesthesia is forcing medicine to confront an age-old question: What does it mean to be conscious? The Nudgy State: Joshua Keating on how five governments are using behavioral economics to encourage citizens to do the right thing. Martin Cohen reviews Against Fairness by Stephen Asma (and more and more). Stephen Asma on the myth of universal love: Expanding our ethical care to include all of humanity is a nice idea, but it involves a misunderstanding of the source of our empathy — emotions.
A new issue of Liminalities is out. Won Choi (LUC): From or Toward the Symbolic? A Critique of Zizek’s The Sublime Object of Ideology. Christopher Langlois (UWO): Writing for Two: A Critique of Literature, Love, and the Event in the Philosophy of Alain Badiou. Morten Axel Pedersen (Copenhagen): Common Nonsense: A Review of Certain Recent Reviews of the “Ontological Turn”. From Cosmos and History, a special issue on Castoriadis, Genealogy, History: Remaining Revolutionary, Remaining Open. From the latest issue of Speculations, Benjamin Norris (New School): Re-asking the Question of the Gendered Subject after Non-Philosophy. Simone Belli reviews Deleuze Reframed by Damian Sutton and David Martin-Jones. An excerpt from Struggle and Utopia at the End Times of Philosophy by Francois Laruelle. Owen Hulatt reviews The I in We: Studies in the Theory of Recognition by Axel Honneth. More than everything: Peter Osborne on Zizek's Badiouian Hegel. Katie Engelhart interviews Slavoj Zizek: “I am not the world’s hippest philosopher!” From CrazyFacts.com, Guy Debord, French Marxist literary theorist, published his first book with a sandpaper cover so that books placed next to it would be destroyed.
John M. Kelley and Rebecca A. Malouf (Endicott): Blind Dates and Mate Preferences: An Analysis of Newspaper Matchmaking Columns. From Google’s Think Quarterly, a special issue on the time to be open for business, for innovation, for making the impossible happen. Here is the Vice Guide to Adulthood. Jonathan Chait on the eternal folly of the bipartisan debt fetish. Steve Donoghue reviews Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-Francois Champollion by Andrew Robinson. Ezra Klein on what would happen if we breach the debt ceiling. From Dissent, Jordan Michael Smith on the decline of the Reader’s Digest. America can't afford to cut its discretionary spending: If we start cutting public investment today, we won’t see the consequences tomorrow — but our children and grandchildren will. We shouldn’t criticize their “Dude, where’s my job?” sense of entitlement; we should expand it — to all the people who didn’t go to college as well as the ones who did, to everybody working for $20,000 a year, regardless of what degrees they do or don’t have. George Dvorsky on the most futuristic predictions that came true in 2012 (and more).
From Spontaneous Generations, a special issue on visual representation and science. From OUP, could the scientific paradigm itself be alienating to women? Mary Somerville didn’t think so. The introduction to Newton and the Origin of Civilization by Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold. Do we really need the s-word? The use of “significance” in reporting statistical results is fraught with problem — but they could be solved with a simple change in practice. While Survival of the Beautiful might not be the definitive book about art and science, it is certainly one of the most pleasant and inviting. Sreekumar Jayadevan reviews The Cognitive Science of Science: Explanation, Discovery, and Conceptual Change by Paul Thagard. Science, many argue, can answer the “how” questions but can’t tell us anything about the “why” — nonsense. Science and disenchantment: Alan Wall on Galileo’s Plank and the Shaman’s Pole. Biancamaria Fontana reviews Seduced by Logic: Emilie Du Chatelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution by Robyn Arianrhod. Half the facts you know are probably wrong: Ronald Bailey reviews The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman. Emily Elert on 11 gorgeous illustrations of science's biggest mysteries.