The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 is out. From Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, a special issue on hot issues emerging from global academic rankings through the views and thoughts of stakeholders. The first U-Multirank rankings, created as part of a European Union-funded effort to rank a broader array of higher education institutions on a wider number of measures, have been released. Here are the Top Research Universities in the US 2014, according to Leiter Reports. College presidents are balking at President Obama’s call for a rating system that would compare schools to aid prospective students and determine federal funding. President Obama’s college ratings plan is widely hated by the higher-ed status quo — that’s why it’s so promising. Jonnelle Marte on how to fix our broken system of ranking colleges: Students and parents are missing key information about which colleges are helping students. Should we rank colleges based on their graduates’ earnings? Academics might not like it, but schools should be held accountable. Should MFA programs be ranked? Kate Gale investigates. David Leonhardt on getting into the Ivies: Why is it harder than it used to be? To young minds of today, Harvard is the Stanford of the East: Riding a wave of interest in technology, Stanford University has risen to the top of measures that Harvard once dominated. How does a tiny institution create such outsized impact? Phil Baty on Caltech and the secrets of the world’s number one university.


A new issue of the Journal of Dialogue Studies is out. Charles T. Wolfe (Ghent) and Andy Wong (Liege): The Return of Vitalism: Canguilhem, Bergson and the Project of Biophilosophy. Forthcoming in Philosophy and Psychedelics: Exploring the Logos of Psychedelia, ed. Peter Lemmens and Pieter Stokkink, Thomas Roberts (NIU): What Is Philosophy's Greatest Opportunity? An Essay on Multistate Theory. From Wonkblog, conservatives are from McMansions, liberals are from the city: Emily Badger on the tremendously predictable housing preferences of ideologues, and what they say about us; five charts that show how conservatives are driving partisan rancor in DC; and a look at how energized partisans are driving polarization — but so are apathetic centrists. It's been 150 years since the U.S. was this politically polarized. From TNR, conservatives have no choice but to move further Left: Brian Beutler on how liberals are actually more clear eyed about the challenges facing the conservative reform agenda than the reformicons themselves; and Alice Robb on Professor Brat's economics class: A dress code, Bible readings, and crushes on the teacher. Zack Beauchamp on the one sentence that explains why Iraq is falling apart. Adam Weinstein on what's happening in Iraq and what may come next, explained. Hayes Brown and Adam Peck on why the Middle East is now a giant warzone, in one terrifying chart. If I ruled the world: Alexander McCall Smith. The O.J. Simpson saga began 20 years ago today — here's why his son should be a suspect.


Nathaniel Sharadin (UNC): Reasons Wrong and Right. Bartosz Brozek (Jagiellonian): The Normativity of Meaning. Alex Silk (Birmingham): What Normative Terms Mean and Why It Matters for Ethical Theory. Glenda Satne (Copenhagen): What Binds Us Together: Normativity and the Second Person. Elizabeth Harman (Princeton): Morally Permissible Moral Mistakes; and Ethics is Hard! What Follows? David McCarthy (Hong Kong): Probability in Ethics. Rob van Someren Greve (Amsterdam): “Ought”, “Can”, and Fairness. Changwoo Jeong (SNU) and Hyemin Han (Stanford): Exploring the Relationship between Virtue Ethics and Moral Identity. Andres Luco (Nanyang): Morality or False Consciousness? How Moral Naturalists Can Answer Thrasymachus's Challenge. Shaun Nichols and Theresa Lopez (Arizona) and Shikhar Kumar (Carnegie Mellon): Rational Learners and Non-utilitarian Rules. Jonathan Webber (Cardiff): Instilling Virtue. Mark Kelman and Tamar Admati Kreps (Stanford): Which Losses Do We Impose on Some to Benefit Others? Edward C. Lyons (OCU): Slaughter of the Innocents: Justification, Excuse and the Principle of Double Effect. Antoinette Baujard (Lyon): Utilitarianism and Anti-Utilitarianism. Saba Bazargan (UCSD): Moral Coercion. Hassan H. Elkatawneh (Walden): Abu Ghraib Scandal and the Ethical Dilemma. About right and wrong: Hamilton Nolan interviews Peter Singer. Many philosophical theories try to evade the uncomfortable truth that luck and fate play a role in the conduct of our moral lives, argues Paul Russell. Being for: Mark Andrew Schroeder interviewed by Richard Marshall.

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