Luke William Hunt (Radford): Norms, Narratives, and Politics. Cara Nine (UCC): Do Territorial Rights Include the Right to Exclude? Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm) and Jonas Hultin Rosenberg (Uppsala): Freedom as Non-domination and Democratic Inclusion. Sean Ingham (UCSD): Why Arrow’s Theorem Matters for Political Theory Even If Preference Cycles Never Occur. Danielle Charrette reviews The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith by Paul Sagar. Amia Srinivasan reviews One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality by Jeremy Waldron. You can download On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics by Geoffrey C. Kellow and Neven Leddy (2016).


Mario Coccia (CNR): An Introduction to the Methods of Inquiry in Social Sciences. Katherine Hawley (St. Andrews): Social Science as a Guide to Social Metaphysics? Philippe Mongin (CNRS): Analytic Narratives: What They Are and How They Contribute to Historical Explanation. Dana Phillips (York): Ishaq v Canada: “Social Science Facts” in Feminist Interventions. Jonathan Feingold and Evelyn Carter (UCLA): Eyes Wide Open: What Social Science Can Tell Us About the Supreme Court’s Use of Social Science. What does it mean to do good archaeological interpretation? The introduction to How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions by Damon Centola.

Alexander Wuttke (Mannheim): Why Too Many Political Science Findings Cannot Be Trusted and What We Can Do About It: Assessing, Explaining and Improving the Credibility of Our Discipline’s Evidence Base. Online bettors can sniff out weak psychology studies — so why can’t the journals that publish them? Researchers replicate just 13 of 21 social science experiments published in top journals. More social science studies just failed to replicate — here’s why this is good.

Thomas Talhelm (Chicago) and Shigehiro Oishi (Virginia): Culture and Ecology (“Ecological psychology has boomed from a rare form of psychology to a flourishing field, including psychologists, sociologists, and economists”.) Seth Masket on the crisis in political science education. The introduction to The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science and Democracy in the 20th Century, ed. Daniel Bessner and Nicolas Guilhot.


Claire Methven O’Brien (St. Andrews): Experimentalist Global Governance and the Case for a Framework Convention Based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Ursula Doyle (Northern Kentucky): Strange Fruit at the United Nations. The crisis of peacekeeping: Severine Autesserre on why the UN can’t end wars. Here’s what can undermine peacekeeping missions. Want better peacekeeping ops? Add women. Amin R. Yacoub (NYU): A World Government: A Critical Look into the Present, to Foresee the Future. Cristian Gimenez-Corte (UNL): Shake It Up: The Case for Reforming the United Nations (or a Real Global Governance Model for the Ideal of World Peace). Nobody takes the UN seriously, but here’s how to fix it.


From CJR, the digital winter turns apocalyptic (and more). Thread: “For those who aren’t quite sure why these media layoffs keep happening, or think ‘it’s the internet!’ or ‘people don’t pay to subscribe,’ there’s a lot more going on”. Did we just experience the hardest decade in journalism? Local newspapers have already been gutted — there’s nothing left to cut. Cancel in protest, or stay with a local newspaper that’s being strip-mined for profits? A fresh look at the rise of nonprofit journalism — and the issues that remain. Does journalism have a future? In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who have survived the print plunge have new foes to face. What Jill Abramson gets wrong about the future of journalism: Josephine Livingstone reviews Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson.

How journalism can win back public trust: Julia Belluz interviews Alan Rusbridger, author of Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now. In the era of fake news, a cottage industry of startups is competing to turn media credibility into a booming business — do we really want that? Facebook and Google need to start paying journalists what they owe us. Regulating Facebook and Google won’t save journalism: It will help — but the industry needs much more to survive.


Daniele Bertini (Rome): On What a Religion Is Not. Johann Platzer (Graz): Does a Truly Ultimate God Need to Exist? Rik Peels (VU Amsterdam): Can God be Jealous? Amber Griffioen (Konstanz): Are You There, God? It’s Me, the Theist: On the Viability and Virtuosity of Non-Doxastic Prayer. Lloyd Strickland (MMU): The Problem of Religious Evil: Does Belief in God Cause Evil? Jon Mahoney (Kansas State): Religion, Identity, and Violence. Katherine Dormandy (Innsbruck): The Epistemic Benefits of Religious Disagreement; and Does Epistemic Humility Threaten Religious Beliefs? The introduction to The Birth of Modern Belief: Faith and Judgment from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment by Ethan H. Shagan.

From Anthropological Measurements of Philosophical Research, A. V. Halapsis (DSUIA): The Measure of All Gods: Religious Paradigms of Antiquity as Anthropological Invariants. How to read the Good Books: From the Torah to the Quran, sacred texts can resist and reward modern readers. What happens to religion when we find aliens? A rabbi, an imam, and a Christian theologian on what life in space could mean for the spiritual. Albert Einstein's “God letter” reflecting on religion auctioned for $3m.


Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex): The “Ought” and the “Can”. Christian Tarsney (Oxford): Moral Uncertainty for Deontologists. Richard Marshall interviews Melissa Merritt on Kant and contemporary ethics. Robert J. Hartman (Gothenburg): Moral Luck and the Unfairness of Morality. Ethics from a human point of view: Paul Russell examines Bernard Williams’s attempt to make sense of ethics, without a moral system. Joshua May (Alabama) and Victor Kumar (BU): How to Debunk Moral Beliefs. Marcus Arvan (Tampa): The Dark Side of Morality: Group Polarization and Moral Epistemology. A study on driverless-car ethics offers a troubling look into our values. Philosophy can make the previously unthinkable thinkable. Against moral sainthood: As philosopher Susan Wolf argues, life is far more meaningful and rich if we do not aim at being morally perfect.

Anthony Skelton (UWO): Late Utilitarian Moral Theory and Its Development: Sidgwick and Moore. Eva Erman (Stockholm) and Niklas Moller (KTH): The Interdependence of Risk and Moral Theory. Glory, beauty, epiphany, imagination: Richard Marshall interviews Sophie Grace Chappell on how to do moral philosophy. Can we be held morally responsible for our actions? Yes, says Daniel Dennett; no, says Gregg Caruso. The kernel of human (or rodent) kindness: What we can learn from lab rats that don’t show empathy for other rats.


Are we headed toward the worst-case climate change scenario? (and more) We need to accept we’re likely underestimating the climate crisis. Time to panic: The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways — and fear may be the only thing that saves us (and more). Climate disaster is upon us: The question is no longer whether or not we are going to fail, but how are we going to comport ourselves in the era of failure? The best of a bad situation: This is what extinction feels like from the inside. “Everything is not going to be okay”: How to live with constant reminders that the Earth is in trouble. Why so we fail when we try to tell the story of climate change? Perhaps we don’t want to see climate horrors clearly. The end of the story: Susan Mathews reviews The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change (and more).

From Lawfare, Michelle Melton on climate change and national security (and part 2 and part 3). White House prepares to scrutinize intelligence agencies’ finding that climate change threatens national security. Rising tides will sink global order: Global warming will produce national extinctions and international insurgencies — and change everything you think you know about foreign policy. How governments react to climate change: Isaac Chotiner interviews Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann, authors of Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future. How to cut U.S. emissions faster? Do what these countries are doing. We can’t save everything from climate change — here’s how to make choices.

Federico Luisetti (St. Gallen): Geopower: On the States of Nature of Late Capitalism. Climate and economic risks “threaten 2008-style systemic collapse”. Unhinged GDP growth could actually destroy the economy, economists find. From the Climate Leadership Council, here is the “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends”, the largest public statement of economists in history. How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech are automating the climate crisis. If property rights were real, climate-destroying companies would be sued out of existence. Karel Ludenhoff on Marx, socialism and the ecology. Paul S. Adler on responding to the climate emergency: Socialism or barbarism.


Robert C. Hockett (Cornell): Ten Years On: What Have We Learned? What Have We Done? What Must We Do? Ross P. Buckley (UNSW), Emilios Avgouleas (Edinburgh), and Douglas W. Arner (Hong Kong): Three Major Financial Crises: What Have We Learned. Was the Great Recession more damaging than the Great Depression? The big con: Laurence Kotlikoff on reassessing the “Great” Recession and its “fix”. Edward Balleisen (Duke) and Melissa B. Jacoby (UNC): Consumer Protection After the Global Financial Crisis. Saule Omarova (Cornell): The “Too Big To Fail” Problem. Onur Ozgode (Northwestern): The Emergence of Systemic Risk: Federal Reserve, Bailouts, and Monetary Government at the Limits. This simple tool could help prevent the next financial crisis, yet the Fed refuses to use it.

Matthias Kranke and David Yarrow (Warwick): The Global Governance of Systemic Risk: How Measurement Practices Tame Macroprudential Politics. Alex Bryan (King’s): The Dominating Effects of Economic Crises. The populist revolt is not against the crash, or even its immediate aftermath, but against the nature of the recovery: Jonathan Levy reviews Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze (and more).


Nick Bostrom (Oxford): The Vulnerable World Hypothesis (and more). Richard Fisher on the perils of short-termism: Civilisation’s greatest threat. Are we on the road to civilisation collapse? Arden Rowell (Illinois): Miracles and Catastrophes. Alexey Turchin on global catastrophic risks connected with extra-terrestrial intelligence; and on approaches to the prevention of global catastrophic risks. What are the biggest threats to humanity? Kelsey Piper on the case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity. Abigail Higgins on 10 ways the world is most likely to end, explained by scientists. Has the new dark age begun yet? Peter Fleming on why he writes toward apocalypse. How will we know the world is ending? Maddie Stone on the fossils of the 21st century: “Most of our things will not rot down at all easily”.

Marko Kovic, Adrian Rauchfleisch, and Christian Caspar (ZIPAR): Global Risks and Population Policy (and on the best future for humankind). Don’t worry, the future is going to be fine. Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century — but he’s still an optimist. The introduction to On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin Rees.


A different kind of theory of everything: Physicists used to search for the smallest components of the universe — what if that’s not the point? Sabine Hossenfelder on the double life of black holes. Philosophers on a physics experiment that “suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality”. Do we actually experience the flow of time? Subjective experience must inform physics and philosophy, but it should be assessed carefully. Scientists reverse time inside a quantum computer. Have dark forces been messing with the cosmos? Astrophysicists scramble to patch a hole in the universe, rewriting cosmic history in the process. Natalie Wolchover interviews Priyamvada Natarajan, an astrophysicist who maps the universe’s terra incognita.

A big bang of physics: A review essay on yearning to know our universe by Dan Falk. Adam Gaffney reviews Universe in Creation: A New Understanding of the Big Bang and the Emergence of Life by Roy Gould. The universe’s ultimate complexity revealed by simple quantum games.

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