Nancy McCormack (Queen’s): When Canadian Courts Cite the Major Philosophers: Who Cites Whom in Canadian Caselaw. Joe Humphreys on Paul Ricoeur, the philosopher behind Emmanuel Macron. Why is a little-known Yale professor’s book on death a best seller in South Korea? One of Descartes’ most famous ideas was first articulated by a woman. The pale philosopher king: Money — and with it whiteness — can be found running underneath the philosophy programs of most colleges like groundwater. German philosophy has finally gone viral — will that be its undoing? Don’t be so sure: Peter Adamson on skepticism in the history of philosophy. This simple philosophical puzzle shows how difficult it is to know something. Hanging ten with Kant and Sartre: Working less can save the world (and other philosophies of surfing).


The National Flood Insurance Program was already $24 billion in debt before Harvey. How Washington made Harvey worse: A federal insurance program made Harvey far more costly — and Congress could have known it was coming. This is what flood denialism looks like: After Hurricane Harvey, lawmakers could keep shoveling money into stopgap programs — or they could admit that warming seas won’t fix themselves. Walter Shapiro on how a big-spending liberal is a conservative who has been flooded: Hurricane Harvey challenges Republican party. Christian Caryl on the political lessons Americans should learn from Hurricane Harvey.

Trump uses natural disaster to promote his hats. “At his first briefing in Texas, Trump thanks FEMA Director William Brock Long and says he’s come ‘very famous on television’ due to Harvey”. Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Texas: “We’ll congratulate each other when it's all finished”. Trump has showed the absolute minimum amount of empathy for Houston victims. Thread: “So there's been lots of pundit speculation whether if needed, Donald Trump could rise to the occasion as ‘comforter in chief.’ Clearly not”. Will Hurricane Harvey prompt a Trump “reset”? People will do anything for a unifying Daddy in the White House: There is so much wrong with this sentence in the New York Times. To the mainstream media: Stop politicizing a natural disaster.

“Father of environmental justice” Robert Bullard: Houston’s “unrestrained capitalism” made Harvey “catastrophe waiting to happen”. Houston flooding always hits poor, non-white neighborhoods hardest. Houston, take heed from us Katrina survivors — this is what lies ahead of you. Insurance companies are preparing fleets of drones to assess the damage of Harvey.


Sue Zemka (Colorado): World’s End: Temporality and the Anthropocene. Jairus Grove (Hawaii): A Savage Ecology: Peak Humanity, Extinction Events, and the Great Homogenization. What kind of books do you write when you believe civilization is doomed? Laura Miller reviews Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsnorth. “A reckoning for our species”: Alex Blasdel on Timothy Morton, the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene. When will humanity finally die out? End-times for humanity: Humanity is more technologically powerful than ever before, and yet we feel ourselves to be increasingly fragile. Were humans to go extinct, should the species be revived?


Democrats take shots at one another in their hunt for a winning economic plan. Do the new Democratic centrists come in peace? The co-founder of the DLC, Will Marshall, wants to take back red districts, not the Democratic Party. Emmanuel Macron is no model for Democrats: The French centrist is floundering in the polls, a warning for those who want to mimic his politics. Democrats’ focus on identity politics is destroying the party: Isaac Chotiner interviews Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics (and more and more and more). Did enough Bernie Sanders supporters vote for Trump to cost Clinton the election? (and more) Young Americans are actually not becoming more progressive.

Gil Troy on why the “alt-Left” is a problem. The antifa academic: Nell Gluckman interviews Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (and more and more and more). Who’s afraid of antifa? It’s not the same as the far Right — that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect more violence. Should we be punching Nazis? “Nazis deserve to get punched. A few sucker punches here and there probably send a salutary message. But it’s not always wise to give people what they deserve”.


Joshua S Braver (Tufts): Hannah Arendt in Venezuela: The Supreme Court Battles Hugo Chavez Over the Creation of the 1999 Constitution. Muslim men in India could once divorce their wives by saying three words — until now. How Donald Trump is driving up health insurance premiums. Dylan Scott on why Obamacare didn’t implode. When Americans talk about Mexico, they completely forget their direct role in creating the violence of that nation. Trump just reorganized the military to gear up for cyberwars: Get reacquainted with US Cyber Command. 20 years after her death, Diana’s legacy is a joke. The courage to speak truth in untruthful times: Louis Jargow on reading former FBI Director Comey as parrhesiastes.

Felix Sater is the third potential channel of Trump collusion with Russia. Timeline of Trump’s praise for Putin while Trump Tower Moscow was in the works. Trump has been lying about Russia and Felix Sater all along. “Again the incredible irony that not a single Clinton/Podesta email was as incriminating as the two Trump campaign emails we’ve seen”. Trump declines to single out Russia as “security threat”.


Donald was a creep — too bad Hillary couldn’t say it. 10 similarities in David Duke’s and Pres. Trump’s unscripted remarks on Charlottesville. Carrie Cordero on when the president attacks the press. Donald Trump’s telling change to the Oval Office. Trump vents in Oval Office, “I want tariffs. Bring me some tariffs”. Trump is a 19th-century president facing 21st-century problems. Is Trump failing or succeeding? He can’t make up his mind. Trump may be more dangerous than his handlers realized. Republicans are asking a horrific question: Is our president insane? Face it: Trump is the man in America’s mirror. Trump’s favorite part of being president: Posing for photos. It’s time: Congress needs to open a formal impeachment inquiry.

“I hope you live a long time in a tremendous amount of pain. In your cell. You are the worst”.


Clifford J. Villa (New Mexico): Is the “Act of God” Dead? Denis Binder (Chapman): The Human Risk in the Natural Environment. Zachary Bleemer (UC-Berkeley) and Wilbert Van der Klaauw (FRBNY): Disaster (Over-)Insurance: The Long-Term Financial and Socioeconomic Consequences of Hurricane Katrina. Why didn’t Houston evacuate ahead of Hurricane Harvey? Thread: “A Houston floodsplainer”. Why Houston was so underprepared for Hurricane Harvey. The “500-year” flood, explained: Harvey is an unprecedented disaster made worse by poor planning. Jia Tolentino on Hurricane Harvey, and public and private disaster in Houston. Here’s Ted Cruz trying to explain away requesting federal aid for Harvey after voting against Sandy aid.

From Vox, how global warming likely made Harvey much worse, explained by a climatologist; and climate change did not “cause” Harvey, but it’s a huge part of the story. Harvey is what climate change looks like. After Hurricane Harvey, Republicans have no excuses for inaction on climate. Dean Baker on Houston, Bangladesh, and global warming.

There’s an “unbearable” chemical smell hovering over parts of Houston, and experts are worried.


From Ethics and Politics, a special section on Supererogation and the Limits of Moral Obligations. Veena Das (Johns Hopkins): Ethics as An Expression of Life as a Whole. Skye Cleary interviews Massimo Pigliucci, author of How to Be a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living. Stephen Finlay (USC): Defining Normativity. Mark Rowlands (Miami): What is Moral Enhancement? Archer Alfred (Tilburg): Forgiveness and the Limits of Duty. Oriel FeldmanHall (Brown), Tim Dalgleish, Davy Evans, and Lauren Navrady (Cambridge), and Ellen Tedeschi and Dean Mobbs (Columbia): Moral Chivalry: Gender and Harm Sensitivity Predict Costly Altruism.

Jonathan Phillips and Fiery Cushman (Harvard): Morality Constrains the Default Representation of What is Possible. Margaret Boone Rappaport (HSP) and Chris Corbally (Arizona): Did Morality First Evolve in Homo erectus? Moral grandstanding: There’s a lot of it about, all of it bad. Linch Zhang interviews Peter Singer on moral objectivity, malaria, climate change, existential risks, and doing your “personal best” when it comes to helping others. On Humean nature: Linch Zhang interviews Neil Sinhababu on desire, possible girls and the nature of human motivation. The introduction to The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians by Bart Schultz.

Gideon Elford (Oxford): The Coherence of Luck Egalitarianism. Katharina Bauer (Groningen): To be or Not to be Authentic: In Defence of Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal. Caleb Bernacchio (IESE): Morality: Between Taboo and Ideology. P.D. Magnus and Jon Mandle (SUNY-Albany): What Kind of Is-Ought Gap is There and What Kind Ought There Be? Cory J. Clark and Roy Baumeister (Florida State), Adam B. Shniderman (TCU), Jamie B Luguri (Chicago), and Peter H. Ditto (UC-Irvine): Are Morally Good Actions Ever Free? The inadequacies of the invincible: On the failure of Stoic ethics. True altruism seen in chimpanzees, giving clues to evolution of human cooperation.

Frederic R. Kellogg (UFPE): Take the Trolley Problem Please: Pragmatism, Moral Particularism, and the Continuum of Normative Inquiry. Sergio Tenenbaum (Toronto): The Guise of the Good. Marc Krellenstein (Northeastern): Moral Nihilism and its Implications. Hilary Greaves and Toby Ord (Oxford): Moral Uncertainty about Population Axiology. Mark Wells (Mount Holyoke): Markets with Some Limits. Daniel Austin Mullins (Oxford) et al.: A Systematic Assessment of the Axial Age: Thesis for the Emergence of Moralizing Religious Thoughts. You can download Applied Ethics: The Past, Present and Future of Applied Ethics (2016).


American Idiot: Nicholas Baer on rethinking anti-intellectualism in the age of Trump. Yes, Trump’s diehard supporters just want to piss you off. Behold our “child king”: Republicans need to start thinking of themselves as a shadow government. Cultural warlord Trump goes on the offensive. Trump has picked the dumbest political fight ever. Trump gives up on GOP lawmakers. “I alone can fix it” becomes “it’s not my fault”. Trump’s Samson option: Since Trump’s rage is his singular trait, he’ll likely seek to destroy those around him even if he goes down too — and you’re one of those people around him. Why Ryan and McConnell are more afraid of Trump than he is of them: How the GOP civil war might play out. Joy-Ann Reed on why Republicans must pay for Trump.

Trump’s figurehead presidency is driving a new authoritarianism: As Trump demeans his office, power is moving to the streets and to the military. Truth, lies and numbness: This is how autocrats cement their power — they distract you. Fascism, American style: How many Republicans will refuse to collaborate? Ewan McGaughey (King’s College): Fascism-Lite in America (or the Social Ideal of Donald Trump). “It’s just that when you accuse him of ideological Nazism or Confederate sympathy or whatever, you’re flattering him. You’re granting him more depth and dimension than he contains, infinitely more. He’s just a brainstem. President Lizard”.


From International Affairs, Jamie J. Hagen (UMass): Queering Women, Peace and Security. Yuvraj Joshi (Yale): “Being LGBTI” in International Development. Paul Johnson (York): Are Gay Rights Human Rights? From ZED Books, Shyun Jeong Ahn questions how we might study the Queer in North Korea; Sara Shroff looks at recent third-gender legalization in postcolonial Pakistan within contemporary Islamic capitalism; and Ausma Bernotaite looks at the issues surrounding Legal Gender Recognition (LGR) in China. Pride Uganda has been crushed — please don’t look away. Masha Gessen on why autocrats fear LGBT rights.

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