Joshua G. Mausolf (NYU): Sexual Privilege: The Effect of Private and Elite Campuses on the College Hookup Scene. Colleges want students with character, but can’t measure it. Allison P Davis is live from the front lines of College Party, USA. Katy Waldman on the Wellesley man: In the era of transgender rights, women’s colleges are struggling to figure out where their loyalties lie. No, college is not the best time of your life. White people problems: Douglas Greenberg reviews Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz (and more). Bill Gates on how, online, all students sit in the front row. A solution in search of a constituency: Claire Groden on how forcing frats to go co-ed won't fix them. College in a box: Textbook giants are now teaching classes. College life ain’t what it used to be: The dream of escaping Loserville and meeting Miss Perfect has been shattered by nerdy needs. BYU students fight for the right to grow beards. From Vox, Libby Nelson on how the college graduation rate is flawed — and hard to fix; and on how master's degrees are as common now as bachelor's degrees were in the '60s. Study finds that students themselves, not professors, lead some to become more liberal in college. Making a splash on campus: College recreation now includes pool parties and river rides. Emily Yoffe on the college rape overcorrection: Sexual assault on campus is a serious problem — but efforts to protect women from a putative epidemic of violence have led to misguided policies that infringe on the civil rights of men. Jason Zengerle on how the UNC scandal exposes the “student-athlete” lie once and for all. Can campus galleries save the art museum? Alana Shilling-Janoff on the rise of the university museum. Issie Lapowsky on why free online classes are still the future of education.
Joseph Raz (Oxford): Normativity: The Place of Reasoning. Loren Abell and Gayle Brewer (Central Lancashire) and Minna Lyons (Liverpool): The Relationship between Parental Bonding, Machiavellianism and Adult Friendship Quality. Ubaldo Lugli (UWED): The Concept of Myth. Jared Bielby (Alberta): The Heritage of WikiLeaks: A History of Information Ethics. David Cay Johnston on how Google and Apple make their taxes disappear. Richard Vedder and Joseph Hartge on the fight over football funding: Universities with middling football teams decide how to balance athletic budgets with student needs. College athletes of the world, unite: Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes in Jacobin on the exploitation of college athletes. Brando Simeo Starkey on college sports aren't like slavery — they're like Jim Crow. Mark Schlissel, University of Michigan president, laments how athletics often trumps academics. Livia Gershon on making college work for student-athletes. Dennis Mersereau on how the National Weather Service, the most important and effective federal agency, needs a total overhaul. Tamara Keith on the fleeting obsessions of the White House Press Corps. David Brooks hands out his annual Sidney Awards (and part 2). A dangerous question: Does Internet advertising work at all? James Carden and Jacob Heilbrunn on The Washington Post and the most reckless editorial page in America. Rich Juzwiak and Aleksander Chan on unarmed people of color killed by police, 1999-2014. Carimah Townes and Dylan Petrohilos on who police killed in 2014. German Lopez on why 2014 could be a turning point for America’s racist criminal justice system.
From Island Studies, a special section on islands and the borders of Southern Europe. Luca Petruzzellis (Bari Aldo Moro) and C. Samuel Craig (NYU): Separate But Together: Mediterranean Identity in Three Countries. Gracia Trujillo (UCLM) and Ana Cristina Santos (Coimbra): “The First Revolution Is Survival”: Queer and Feminist Resistances to the Crisis and Austerity Politics in Southern Europe. Angeliki Vourdaki (LSE): Do Greek Voters Want More Grassroots Politics? Inside the voter’s mind: Perceptions and Understanding of Golden Dawn’s activity. Why can’t Greece shake its corruption problem? Thanassis Cambanis on a country where everyone knows a thousand ways around the rules. Franco Viviani and Alessandra Locati (Padua): Preliminary Insights on the Mental Representation of the Body in Italians. Simone Natale (Columbia) and Andrea Ballatore (UCD): The Web Will Kill Them All: New Media, Digital Utopia, and Political Struggle in the Italian 5-Star Movement. From LRB, Perry Andreson on the Italian disaster. Roberto Orsi on why Italy will not make it. Juan Rodriguez Teruel (Valencia): Does Leaders' Radicalization Make More Radical Voters? Party Elites, Outbidding Competition and Secessionism in Catalonia. Catalan and its discontents: The problems of a multilingual Spain. Jose Luis Marti (Pompeu Fabra): Democracy, Indignados, and the Republican Tradition in Spain. Ernesto Castaneda (UTEP): The Indignados and Occupy Movements as Political Challenges to Representative Democracy. How has Podemos gone from inception to Spain's most popular political party in less than a year? Gabriel Paquette (Johns Hopkins): Liberalism in the Early Nineteenth-century Iberian World. Mauro Rodrigues on being a Portuguese returnee on his own country.
Thomas Sheehan (Stanford): What, After All, Was Heidegger About? Taylor Carman (Barnard): Things Fall Apart: Heidegger on the Constancy and Finality of Death. The king is dead: Gregory Fried on Heidegger’s Black Notebooks/Schwarze Hefte Vols. 94-96 (and more by Peter Gordon at NYRB; and more and more at LARB). The introduction to Heidegger and the Media by David J. Gunkel and Paul Taylor. What Heidegger was hiding: Gregory Fried reviews Heidegger und der Mythos der judischen Weltverschworung (Heidegger and the Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy) by Peter Trawny. Roger Berkowitz on how to read a “politically charged sentence” and the debate surrounding Heidegger's politics. Erin Carlisle (Flinders): How Did She Forgive Heidegger? Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Forgiveness. Eric Levi Jacobson (Roehampton): Why did Hannah Arendt Reject the Partition of Palestine? Ozer Baris Tuncel (ITU) Bodies as Political Weapons: Suicide Bombings and Hannah Arendt; and Hannah Arendt’s Understanding of Truth, Judgment and Politics. Rosalyn Diprose (UNSW) and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek (SUNY-Buffalo): Time for Beginners: Natality, Biopolitics, and Political Theology. Adriel Trott (Wabash): Nature, Action and Politics: An Arendtian Aristotle Against Arendt's Aristotle. Aaron Schutz (Wisconsin): Becoming Public Citizens: Hannah Arendt and the Tensions of Democracy. Shmuel Lederman (Haifa): Agonism and Deliberation in Arendt. From Logos, Philip Green on reflections on Arendt. From the inaugural issue of European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Peter Baehr (Lingan): The Informers: Hannah Arendt's Appraisal of Whittaker Chambers and the Ex-Communists. Rafael Rojas on when Fidel Castro and Hannah Arendt met at Princeton.
Tahereh Alavi Hojjat (DeSales): The Economic Analysis of Obesity. Bernardo Bortolotti and Veljko Fotak (Bocconi): The Rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds: Definition, Organization, and Governance. Cynthia Lee (GWU): (E)Racing Trayvon Martin. Martina Kitzmueller (New Mexico): Are You Recording This? Enforcement of Police Videotaping. An interview with Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles, authors of Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System. From LARB, David A. Bell on The New Republic. Beijing's move to bail out Russia, on top of its recent aid for Venezuela and Argentina, signals the death of the post-war Bretton Woods world. S.E. Smith on why we still don't have the technology to find missing airplanes. Is the most powerful conservative in America losing his edge? Erick Erickson built his career on stoking populist rage — but now the man who steers the Tea Party says conservative anger has grown toxic and self-defeating. Bernie Sanders for president? Why not try a real socialist for a change. A scandal’s long shadow: Football’s back, but the valley isn’t happy — Penn Staters still seethe over Paterno’s treatment. The 15 ailments of the Vatican Curia, according to Pope Francis. Have human rights treaties failed? Kenneth Roth and Eric Posner debate. What is Paul Krugman afraid of? Ezra Klein investigates. Laurie Penny on nerd entitlement: White male nerds need to recognise that other people had traumatic upbringings, too — and that's different from structural oppression. Denmark has presented a claim to the UN, arguing that the area surrounding the North Pole is connected to the continental shelf of Greenland, a Danish autonomous territory.
Ryan Calo (Washington): The Case for a Federal Robotics Commission. David J. Gunkel (NIU): Apocalypse Not, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Machine. What it will take for computers to be conscious: Christof Koch, the world’s best-known consciousness researcher, says machines could one day become self-aware. Samuel A. Alexander on a machine that knows its own code. Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is. Matthew Parris on how artificial intelligence is going to make us doubt the real thing. Is artificial intelligence a threat? Angela Chen wants to know. Stephen Hawking has warned that artificial intelligence “could outsmart us all” and is calling for humans to establish colonies on other planets to avoid ultimately a “near-certainty” of technological catastrophe. Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence: Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world — we won't ever be silicon slaves, insists an AI expert. Jaron Lanier on the myth of AI. Computers, they’re just like us: Plenty of companies are feeding data to computers in the hopes of replicating human behavior, but how close can machines truly get if all they have to work on is the information we offer? As robots grow smarter, American workers struggle to keep up. Can workplace robots get along with the humans they’re replacing? Why robots could be awesome whistleblowers: Workers don't want to be replaced by algorithms or machines — but when it comes to the risky act of exposing corporate wrongdoing, perhaps they could be our friends. Robots are our saviours, not the enemy: The alternative is a world in which wages fall and prices rise, writes Peter Thiel. We’re failing to prepare our kids for the impending robot takeover — here’s what we should teach them.
A new issue of Liberal Arts in Russia is out. Anni Kangas (Tampere): Governmentalities of Big Moscow: Particularising Neoliberal Statecraft. Anna V. Dolidze (UWO): The Non-Native Speakers of International Law: The Case of Russia. Sergei Ziryanov, Aleksandr Vasilyevich Ponedelkov, and Sergey Alekseevich Vorontsov (RANEPA): Problems of Modernization of Modern Russian Elite. Alyona Artamonova and Ekaterina Sergeevna Mitrofanova (HSE): Is Cohabitation an Alternative to Marriage in Russia? Victoria Sakevich (HSE) and Boris Petrovich Denisov (Moscow State): Birth Control in Russia: Overcoming the State System Resistance. Konstantin Moshe Yanovskiy and Sergei Zhavoronkov (Gaidar Institute) and Daniel E. Shestakov (HSE): The Limits of Governmental Intervention: Some Ways How Government Belongs in the Bedroom and Nursery. The Ghosts of Beslan: Anna Nemtsova on why the memory of a mass hostage-taking — and the botched rescue attempt that followed — continues to haunt Russia. Sergey Kuznetsov on when Russians thought the Internet would make them free. Peter Pomerantsev on how Russia is building shopping malls where Stalin held show trials. To Russia, with tough love: Masha Gessen recounts the literary history of Moscow and describes why she’s become disillusioned with the city of her birth; and on the dying Russians (and a postscript). From Russia with love: Mr. Magazine on different media, similar challenges. Are Americans kinder than Russians? Natalie Shure on Russian memes explained. Zack Beauchamp on Russia's bizarre obsession with psychics and the occult. J. Lester Feder and Anton Lysenkov on how the father of Soviet pornography became a crusader against “gay propaganda”. Pavlov’s real quest: Michael Specter reviews Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science by Daniel P. Todes. Putin gave all Russians the right to carry a rifle anywhere — what could possibly go wrong? Amy Knight on Flight MH17: Will Russia get away with it?
The inaugural issue of Iran’s Globalization Studies is out. Howard M. Wasserman (FIU): Moral Panics and Body Cameras. Eric Anthamatten (Parsons): Visibility is a Trap: Body Cameras and the Panopticon of Police Power. Polly J. Price (Emory): Ebola and the Law in the United States: A Short Guide to Public Health Authority and Practical Limits. Tom C. W. Lin (Temple): National Pastime(s). Nicholas G. Hahn interviews George Will, author of A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred. Eric Garner’s murder is not only about the justice system — it’s about how capitalism creates racialized categories of “surplus” people. Ranjana Natarajan on how racial profiling has destroyed public trust in police — cops are exploiting our weak laws against it. How does aggressive police surveillance transform an urban neighborhood? James Forman reviews On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman. Is “progress” good for humanity? Jeremy Caradonna on rethinking the narrative of economic development, with sustainability in mind. I wish someone had told me this before I became a politician: Michael Ignatieff writes a letter to a young liberal. “In recently democratised countries I’m still a rock star”: World-renowned political thinker Francis Fukuyama on what’s left of The End of History, the crimes of the neocons and having the ear of the Chinese leadership. Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches. Sarah Posner on how Christians are more supportive of torture than non-religious Americans. Conquest is for losers: Paul Krugman on how there is still a powerful political faction in America that hasn’t learned this lesson.
Vinay Harpalani (Savannah): The Double-Consciousness of Race-Consciousness and the Bermuda Triangle of University Admissions. Prasad Krishnamurthy and Aaron S. Edlin (UC-Berkeley): Affirmative Action and Stereotypes in Higher Education Admissions. Richard Lempert (Michigan): Affirmative Action in the United States: A Brief Summary of the Law and Social Science. Peter H. Schuck (Yale): Assessing Affirmative Action. Samantha L Bowden (South Florida): The Myth of “Post-racial” America: Color-blind Racism in the Push to Repeal Affirmative Action in Higher Education. Christine Chambers Goodman (Pepperdine): Net (Race) Neutral: An Essay on How GPA + (Reweighted) SAT - Race = Diversity. Between the oikos and the cosmos: Harry G. Hutchison reviews Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. This diversity stuff can kill you: Lawrence Grandpre on what he learned as a black man at America's least diverse elite college. In the summer of 1991, Owen Smith left the blackest county in America for University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, quite possibly one of the whitest places on earth — “Disneyland for white people”. Andre M. Perry and Ivory Toldson on how black colleges are the biggest victims of states’ invasive new funding rules. For recent black college graduates, a tougher road to employment. Andre M. Perry on how the attack on bad teacher tenure laws is actually an attack on black professionals. From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on the Black Studies Movement. William S. New (Beloit) and Michael Merry (Amsterdam): Is Diversity Necessary for Educational Justice? Patrick McGuinn (Drew): Testing Race: Civil Rights Groups, the Democratic Party, and the Politics of the Contemporary Education Reform Movement. Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard) and Francis X. Shen (Minnesota): Race, Ethnicity, and Education Policy. For the first time this year, most public school students are nonwhite. America doesn’t have an education problem, it has a class problem.
The inaugural issue of De Ethica: A Journal of Philosophical, Theological and Applied Ethics is out. Michael Robinson (FSU): Moral Responsibility and Its Alternatives. Kai Spiekermann (LSE): Small Impacts and Imperceptible Effects: Causing Harm With Others. Mark Kelman and Tamar Admati Kreps (Stanford): Which Losses Do We Impose on Some to Benefit Others? Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): Moral Conflicts, the “Ought”-Implies-“Can” Principle, and Moral Demandingness. J. David Velleman (NYU): Morality Here and There: I. Kant Among the Sherpas; and II. Aristotle in Bali. Cinara Nahra (UFRN): The Harm Principle and the Greatest Happiness Principle: The Missing Link. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Eight Arguments against Double Effect. Hyemin Han (Stanford): Exploring the Relation between Aristotelian Moral Philosophy, Moral Psychology, and Contemporary Neurosciences. William Ferraiolo (SJDC): Moral Eliminativism: An End to Moralizing. Joshua May (UAB): Moral Judgment and Deontology: Empirical Developments. Moti Mizrahi (St. John’s): Ought, Can, and Presupposition: An Experimental Study. Ting Zhang, Francesca Gino, and Max H. Bazerman (Harvard): Morality Rebooted: Exploring Simple Fixes to Our Moral Bugs. David Benatar (Cape Town): Taking Humour (Ethics) Seriously, But Not Too Seriously. Timothy Chappell (Open): Why Ethics Is Hard. Thomas Mulligan (Tulane): On Harry Frankfurt’s “Equality as a Moral Ideal”. Michael Rosen reviews Acting on Principle: An Essay on Kantian Ethics by Onora O'Neill. John Gray reviews The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics by Kenan Malik. The self is moral: Nina Strohminger on how we tend to think that our memories determine our identity, but it’s moral character that really makes us who we are. Does being anxious make us more moral? Lisa Miller investigates.