Dimitris Tsementzis (Rutgers) and Hans Halvorson (Princeton): Foundations and Philosophy. Douglas Ian (Canterbury): The Eightfold Way: Why Analyticity, Apriority and Necessity are Independent. Hannah Rubin (Notre Dame), Cailin O’Connor (UC-Irvine), and Justin Bruner (ANU): Experimental Economics for Philosophers. Tuomas E. Tahko (Helsinki): Meta-metaphysics. Mikkel Gerken (Southern Denmark): Metaepistemology. Xinli Wang (Juniata): Incommensurability and Comparative Philosophy. Cliff Sosis interviews Helen De Cruz of Oxford Brookes University and Eric Schwitzgebel of UC-Riverside. How Ludwig Wittgenstein’s secret boyfriend helped deliver the philosopher’s seminal work.

Nadira Talib (Queensland) and Richard Fitzgerald (Macau): Putting Philosophy Back to Work in Critical Discourse Analysis. Herman Cappelen (Oslo): Conceptual Engineering: The Master Argument. Herman Cappelen (Oslo) and David Plunkett (Dartmouth): A Guided Tour of Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics. Hrafn Asgeirsson (Surrey): The Influence of the Sorites Paradox in Practical Philosophy. George Yancy on the pain and promise of black women in philosophy. Analytic or continental: Reinier Hoon on the psychology of becoming a philosopher in the 21st century. The first chapter from On Purpose by Michael Ruse.

Uwe Peters (KU Leuven): Implicit Bias, Ideological Bias, and Epistemic Risks in Philosophy. Carlo Cellucci (Rome): Philosophy at a Crossroads: Escaping from Irrelevance. Sebastian Luft (Marquette): On the Status of Analytic and Continental Philosophy Today. Peter P. Slezak (UNSW): Is There Progress in Philosophy? The Case for Taking History Seriously. The philosopher queen: Bold and unapologetic, the marathon-running, opera-loving public intellectual Martha Nussbaum has weighed in on everything from aging to the nature of evil. Pietro Salis interviews Robert Brandom on his current work, some of the central aspects of his philosophy, and about his career and education.

John Marenbon (Cambridge): Why We Need a Real History of Philosophy. Ian James Kidd (Nottingham): Deep Epistemic Vices. From Nordic Wittgenstein Review, Alice Crary (New School): Wittgenstein Goes to Frankfurt (and Finds Something Useful to Say); and Daniel Sharp reviews Wittgenstein’s Moral Thought, ed. Reshef Adam-Segal and Edmund Dain. Jonardon Ganeri reviews Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden.


Helene Landemore (Yale): What Does It Mean to Take Diversity Seriously? On Open-Mindedness as a Civic Virtue. Who owns the Moon? A space lawyer answers. Matt Seaton goes behind the anti-Semitism crisis of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Advice for Jeff Bezos: David S. Miller on social welfare organizations as grantmakers. Can the Catholic Church reform from within? Trump is considering Erik Prince’s plan to privatize the Afghanistan war (and more). Jason Lyall on 5 key lessons from the Taliban’s deadly resurgence in Afghanistan. With a reported 30K ISIS fighters in the Levant, it seems Trump has not yet defeated ISIS. Why are we helping the Saudis bomb children in Yemen?

NYU scholar accused of harassment assails rush to judgment as sign of “sexual paranoia” (and more). Slavoj Zizek on a brief post-script on the case of Avital Ronell. “so, um, this is buried pretty deep in the suit against ronell, almost as an aside. is this the stuff folks really want to risk defending?” Thread: “The academic star system of the 1980s and 1990s in the humanities created a group of people who believed they were better than everyone else and a group of people who were invested in believing the stars were better than everyone else”.


Trump’s ego is so fragile, his “fluffer” Secret Service agents have to tell people to say nice things to him. “Viewing John Dean as the villain in the Watergate story seems like kind of a tell”. Trump is making the Department of Justice into his own private goon squad. Trump is not a king: A group of top former intelligence and military leaders are sending a message to the nation’s troops and spies — think twice before following the president’s orders in a crisis. Trump reportedly plans to strip more security clearances to distract from the news cycle. What to care about when everything is terrible: In the Trump presidency, everything is a distraction from everything else, because it all matters.

“I’m not going there”: As Trump hurls racial invective, most Republicans stay silent. Why do you need the n-word tape? Trump’s use of the slur wouldn’t tell us anything new. Dropping the n bomb: Scott McLemee explores the speculation that Donald Trump used a racial epithet through the lens of several scholarly analyses. Are you surprised that Georgia is going back to Jim Crow tactics?

4 in 10 Republicans think foreign election interference would be a minor problem — or no problem at all. What will finally turn Trump’s supporters against him? Trump tax cut unlocks millions for a Republican election blitz. “We owe these people”: Trump loyalists find soft landings after getting ousted. “It has often been written, and I’ve written it myself, that the Republicans have been weak in the face of Trumpism. But I’ve come to think that’s wrong. They’re not weak at all. Most of them are perfectly happy to have become Trump’s vassals. They were waiting for just such a man”. Paul Krugman on the slippery slope of complicity: A wannabe Mussolini and his party of apparatchiks.

The established elites are still holding the levers of power, but the social pressures for crisis have built up to the point where something has to give; a real catastrophic collapse of our society may not be highly probable, but it is much more probable than we think.


Nicolette J. Zulli (Syracuse): Maskers of the Universe: Generating Transparency Around Antisocial Personality Traits of Executive Leaders in Corporate America. Is it great to be a worker in the U.S.? Not compared with the rest of the developed world. Corporations are steadily taking away your right to sue over wrongdoing. Clara Hendrickson on the gig economy’s great delusion. Carl Rhodes and Peter Bloom on the strange contrast between politicians acting like hardnosed tycoons, on the one hand, and corporate authority figures touting their social responsibilities on the other. The shareholder revolution devours its children: The economy has been rigged to channel wealth to a tiny elite.

David Glasner (FTC) and Sean Patrick Sullivan (Iowa): The Logic of Market Definition. Will ending quarterly earnings guidance free CEOs to think long term? Matthew Walther on the tyranny of optimization. Business class: Inside the strange, uniform politics of today’s MBA programs — and what it says about America’s elites. A faster horse: Liza Featherstone on how the entrepreneur strikes back. The web of board members that link American corporations, mapped: 78% of the top 50 companies in the S&P 500 are directly connected through one or more board members. How Big Pharma was captured by the one percent. The coming “labor shortage” in America is great news for workers. Apple’s $1 trillion milestone reflects rise of powerful megacompanies.

Sergio Lorenzo Sandoval Aragon (Guadalajara): Against the Myth of the Self-created Entrepreneur: A Study in Economic Anthropology. Shouldn’t the most prominent union members in the world find ways to support the labor movement? Apple and the fruits of tax cuts: What looks like a big giveaway to wealthy stockholders is, in fact, exactly that. The meaning of American factories: After decades of plant closures and anti-union politics, why does heavy industry symbolize prosperity? It’s not wage rises that are a problem for the economy — it’s the lack of them. How to make everyone in your vicinity secretly fear and despise you: Ray Dalio’s “Principles” is a manual for turning workplaces even more hellish. Corporate political conscience: Why big business is suddenly into liberal politics.

Paul J. Zwier (Emory): Is the Corporation an Enemy of Democracy? How to Give the Corporation a Little Soul. Why you should care about unions (even if you’re not in one). The real retail killer: How private equity is gouging some of the country’s best-known corporate brands. For 60 Years, this powerful conservative group has worked to crush labor. Why corporate America loves Donald Trump: American executives are betting that the president is good for business — not in the long run. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a legit villain. Two amputations a week: The cost of working in a US meat plant. Sean Illing interviews David Graeber, author of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (and more and more and more and more).

Donald Nordberg (Bournemouth): Edging Toward “Reasonably” Good Corporate Governance. The Trump administration is a golden age for corporate crime. Ricardo Antunes on the new service proletariat. Hamilton Nolan interviews Thea Lee, president of the Economic Policy Institute, on the “vicious but brilliant exploitation” that drives right wing economics. “A way of monetizing poor people”: How private equity firms make money offering loans to cash-strapped Americans. Stacy Mitchell reviews Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business by Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind. Do people really get promoted to their level of incompetence?

Thomas Lambert (Louisville): Big Business and Management: Too Many Bosses and Too Much Pay? The conference room is replacing the courtroom: Workers are increasingly being blocked from suing abusive bosses — welcome to the rigged world of “mandatory arbitration”. Delaware ready to crack down on anonymous shell companies. Professors get long-term contracts — why not average workers? The rules of monopoly: Vanessa Bee on how to slay the corporate leviathan. The need for workplace democracy: Workplaces shouldn’t operate like dictatorships. The curse of work: Joe Moran on the problem with employment that is insufficiently rewarding.

Andrew Cohen (Yale) and Shai Dromi (Harvard): Advertising Morality: Maintaining Moral Worth in a Stigmatized Profession. It’s open war against unions on all fronts now. The radical labor policy that every Democrat should run on. Can business of any size be good? Boosters of big business ignore the reality of corporate life. Martin Parker on why we need to shut down the business school. No, it’s not people on welfare — it’s the wealthy rent-seekers who profit from unjust government policy: James Crabtree reviews The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality by Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles. The introduction to Humans as a Service by Jeremias Prassl.

Daniel Koltonski (Delaware): Vocations, Exploitation, and Professions in a Market Economy. David A. Dana and Janice Nadler (Northwestern): Regulation, Public Attitudes, and Private Governance. Jennifer Heerwig and Joshua Murray on Trump and the divided politics of the corporate elite. The charts that show how big business is winning. Big Business reaps Trump’s whirlwind. Fresh proof that strong unions help reduce income inequality. Contrary to the simplistic view that regulation is inevitably bad for business, there are three important channels through which regulation can benefit an economy; the question is not whether regulation is good or bad, but whether it is well or badly designed.

Aaron Tang (UC-Davis): Life After Janus. Corporations break contracts whenever it serves their self-interest — individuals shouldn’t hesitate to do the same. Apple’s stock market scam: The tech giant just became America's first trillion-dollar company, but it wasn't thanks to the iPhone. The working person’s guide to the industry that might kill your company. “Bad” jobs don’t have to be so bad. Public Benefit, Incorporated: Three simple changes to corporate law could radically remake our economy. How to cure Corporate America’s selfishness: Senator Elizabeth Warren has a simple idea for keeping big business accountable to the American public, not just shareholders (and more and more and more).


Teemu Ruskola (Emory): Notes on The Neutered Mother, or Toward a Queer Socialist Matriarchy. How Trump is turning US diplomats into arms merchants to the world. Narcissists in space: Elon Musk and his space-baron brethren want our admiration — their narcissistic exploits deserve nothing but our scorn. Nick Holdstock on the mass arrests and disappearances in Xinjiang. Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar. Mainstream fact-checkers are still trying to discredit Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All plan, but there’s no way around it: Single-payer is entirely realistic. Ryan Cooper on the miracle of the United States Postal Service. We’re headed for a future where only the wealthy can enjoy nature.

National security expert Mark Zaid on Trump’s threat to revoke clearances: It’ll “set back the entire security establishment”. Quinta Jurecic on the real risk of the John Brennan episode. Once again, Trump blows up his own lies. Donald Trump has an “n-word tape” agenda. Voting rights advocates used to have an ally in the government — that’s changing. Rick Perlstein and Livia Gershon on stolen elections, voting dogs and other fantastic fables from the GOP voter fraud mythology. A deep dive into the deep state: Anna Merlan unpacks the summer of Trump conspiracy theories. Trump’s hard-core base will not rule this country forever.


Candice Delmas (Northeastern): Is Hacktivism the New Civil Disobedience? Inside Google’s shadow workforce: About half of Google’s workers are contractors who don’t receive the same benefits as direct employees. Jacob Weisberg reviews Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble and Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks. From Vice, where are the radical politics of cyberpunk? The aesthetics and politics of the genre shadow a harsh reality — there might not have been all that much “punk” there to begin with. Nitasha Tiku on why tech employees are rebelling against their bosses.

Silicon Valley engineers fear they’ve created a monster. Going to work in mommy’s basement: From laundry to meal prep, apps tend to mimic maternal care — is this good for women? Justin Tyler Clark reviews Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley by Corey Pein (and more and more). Trump stokes outrage in Silicon Valley — but it’s selective.


Agency, order and sport in the age of Trump: Andrew McGregor on Jim Thorpe, Jack Johnson, and the sporting middle ground (and more). Eric Allen Been interviews Gerald Germs on how athletes visiting the White House became a political flashpoint. Why Donald Trump likes Mike: For Trump, Michael Jordan represents the ideal black athlete — apolitical. LeBron James, the most important athlete in America, explained: Dylan Scott on how the world’s best basketball player became a political force for racial justice. LeBron James and the NBA teach us a lot about labor in America. Championship inequality in major league sports looks a lot like income inequality in the U.S. economy. Nancy LeTourneau on a non-sports fan’s take on politics and sports.


Katharina Block and Toni Schmader (UBC) and Alyssa Croft (Arizona): Worth Less? Why Men (and Women) Devalue Care-Oriented Careers. The Left’s hatred of Jordan Peterson is perfectly rational. What happens to #MeToo when a feminist is the accused? Avital Ronell, a superstar professor, was found by N.Y.U. to have sexually harassed a male grad student — but his charges have met disbelief from some feminist scholars (and more and more). With little fanfare, Trump and McConnell reshape the nation’s circuit courts. After shocking Catholic abuse report, the law can do little — for now. She works for Trump, he can’t stand him: This is life with Kellyanne and George Conway. Can cryptocurrency revolutionize the rituals of money?

Democrats are making Congress look more like America — Republicans are fighting this. Midwest Democrats’ answer to Trump: White, conventional and boring. This is what the average American looks like in 2018.


Martin Obschonka (QUT), Michael Stuetzer (DHBW), Peter J. Rentfrow (Cambridge), Neil Lee (LSE), Samuel D. Gosling (Texas), and Eva Schmitt-Rodermund (Jena): Fear, Populism, and the Geopolitical Landscape: The “Sleeper Effect” of Neurotic Personality Traits on Regional Voting Behavior in the 2016 Brexit and Trump Votes. Marc Hooghe (Leuven) and Ruth Dassonneville (Montreal): Explaining the Trump Vote: The Effect of Racist Resentment and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments. Lindsey Huang and Barak Orbach (Arizona): Con Men and Their Enablers: The Anatomy of Confidence Games. Scott Walker won’t defend Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson against Trump. The new GOP litmus test: Defending Trump at his absolute worst. Charles Crabtree (Michigan), Holger Kern (FSU), and David A. Siegel (Duke): Cults of Personality, Preference Falsification, and the Dictator’s Dilemma. Trump and his media boosters live in a hall of mirrors. America’s “post-truth” problem: Sean Illing interviews Simon Blackburn, author of On Truth.

From TPM, Josh Marshall on the archeology of Trumpism and the dystopian hellhole of Trumpism. Brian Farkas on Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels: An arbitration case study. Glenn Kessler’s database of presidential untruths will become a reference, a talisman. Can the Toddler-in-Chief be handled? America doesn’t need another tape to know who Trump is. In 1987, Trump visited Russia to explore a hotel deal — is that when he became compromised by Russian security services? Trump’s punishment of Brennan is actually all about the Mueller probe. What does Trump’s willingness to snuggle up to Putin say about the self-avowed pussy-grabber? Steven Botticelli on queer Donald Trump and the paradoxes of power.


Alasdair S. Roberts (UMass): Shaking Hands With Hitler: What American Public Administration Learned From Engagement With Fascism. Neil K. Komesar (Wisconsin) and Wendy E. Wagner (Texas): The Administrative Process from the Bottom Up: Reflections on the Role, If Any, for Judicial Review. Maria Ponomarenko (NYU): Administrative Rationality Review. White House counts on Kavanaugh in battle against “administrative state”. Francis Fukuyama on the decline of American public administration: After a period of innovation and creativity driven by economists, the field of public administration seems to have lost its way again.

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