From Law, Ethics and Philosophy, a symposium on Thomas Christiano’s views on the legitimacy of the international order. Curtis A. Bradley (Duke): What is Foreign Relations Law? Ryder McKeown (Toronto): International Law and Its Discontents. Anne Peters (Max Planck): The “Great October Socialist Revolution”: What Remains in and for International Law?; and The Rise and Decline of the International Rule of Law and the Job of Scholars. William Thomas Worster (Amsterdam): The Role of the Map in International Law. Sandesh Sivakumaran (Nottingham): Beyond States and Non-State Actors: The Role of State-Empowered Entities in the Making and Shaping of International Law.

Jean d’Aspremont (Manchester): The International Law of Statehood and Recognition: A Post-Colonial Invention. Mikulas Fabry (Georgia Tech): Unrecognized States and National Identity. Joseph Raz (Oxford): The Future of State Sovereignty.


From APSR, a special section on Contentious Politics in the United States: What Role for Political Scientists? Julian Go (BU) and George Lawson (LSE): For a Global Historical Sociology. Michael Smith (ASU): Social Science and Archaeological Inquiry. Lorraine Pangle (Texas): Towards a Dialogue between Socratic Philosophy and Evolutionary Psychology: Why Do We Love the Noble? Tim Di Muzio and Leonie Noble (UOW): The Coming Revolution in Political Economy: Money, Mankiw and Misguided Macroeconomics. America’s hidden philosophy: When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US society.

From the forthcoming Annual Review of Psychology, Leif D. Nelson (UC-Berkeley) and Joseph P. Simmons and Uri Simonsohn (Penn): Psychology’s Renaissance. Rockwell Clancy (SJTU): Making the Case for Political Anthropology: Understanding and Addressing the Backlash Against Liberalism. Omar Lizardo (Notre Dame): An Analytic Approach to Culture. From the Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory, here is the entry on cultural theory by Omar Lizardo. Herrade Igersheim (Strasbourg): The Death of Welfare Economics: History of a Controversy. Justice Roberts says political science is “sociological gobbledygook” — here’s why he said it, and why he’s mistaken (and more).

Elizabeth Popp Berman (SUNY-Albany) and Daniel Hirschman (Brown): The Sociology of Quantification: Where Are We Now? Justin Buckley Dyer (Missouri): Political Science and American Political Thought. Bradford Tuckfield reviews The End of Theory: Financial Crises, the Failure of Economics, and the Sweep of Human Interaction by Richard Bookstaber. What does an anthropologist actually do? The state of social and personality science: Rotten to the core, not so bad, getting better, or getting worse? Lucio Baccaro on academic tribes in the social sciences.

From the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology, here is the entry on the ontological turn by Paolo Heywood. Sara C Motta (Newcastle): Latin America as Political Science’s Other. Vlad Petre Glaveanu (Webster): Psychology in the Post-Truth Era. Are the social sciences undergoing a purity spiral? Economists are arguing over how their profession messed up during the Great Recession — this is what happened. Is anthropology ready for the 21st century? Daenerys Targaryen, here’s some advice from political science as you pursue the Iron Throne.


Olivier Jutel (USP): Paranoia and Delusion: Liberalism’s Descent into Cold War Fantasies. World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come “sooner than we expect”. The Coast Guard’s “floating Guantanamos”: In an expansion of the war on drugs, the U.S. Coast Guard is targeting low-level smugglers in international waters — shackling them on ships for weeks or even months before arraignment in American courts. James Clapper on Donald Trump, Russia, and the first line of his obituary. The Kochs are inching closer to becoming media moguls. Fox, facing new competitors, clings tighter to Trump. An excerpt from A Table for One: A Critical Reading of Singlehood, Gender and Time by Kinneret Lahad.

Obamacare is off life support for now: Despite Trump’s sabotage, signups are surging and the law is more popular than ever. The fight to stop Obamacare repeal is won — the fight against sabotage will be much harder. Helanie Olen on how choosing a health insurance plan is not “shopping”.


Kara W. Swanson (Northeastern): “Great Men”, Law, and the Social Construction of Technology. Tom Rutledge reviews A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Mark David Webster (Reynolds): Questioning Technological Determinism through Empirical Research. Google X and the science of radical creativity: How the secretive Silicon Valley lab is trying to resurrect the lost art of invention. Know thy futurist: Many visions of the future proliferate in Silicon Valley — which one is worth fighting for? Sarah Jones on Silicon Valley’s religious drive. Silicon Valley’s poverty of philosophy: Silicon Valley must contend with something deeper if it truly wants to meet its goal of “changing the world”. Scott McLemee reviews The Acceleration of Cultural Change: From Ancestors to Algorithms by R. Alexander Bentley and Michael J. O’Brien.


Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv): The Intellectual History of Law. Scott J. Shapiro (Yale) and David Plunkett (Dartmouth): Law, Morality and Everything Else: General Jurisprudence as a Branch of Meta-Normative Inquiry. Julie Dickson (Oxford): Why General Jurisprudence is Interesting. Valeriano Diviacchi (Harvard): Existential Philosophy of Law. Or Bassok (Nottingham): The Arendtian Dread: Courts with Power. Lawrence B. Solum (Georgetown): The Constraint Principle: Original Meaning and Constitutional Practice. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Roles of Judges in Democracies: A Realistic View.

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