Fabienne Peter (Warwick): The Epistemic Circumstances of Democracy. Xavier Landes (Copenhagen): The Normative Foundations of (Social) Insurance: Technology, Social Practice and Political Philosophy. Noelle McAfee (Emory): The Affective Dimensions of Public Will Formation. Oscar Garza (Bath): From the Idea of Justice to the Idea of Injustice: Mixing the Ideal, Non-Ideal and Dynamic Conceptions of Injustice. Miodrag A. Jovanovic (Belgrade): A Justification of “Militant Democracy”: Moral Truths and the Game-Like Character of Democracy. Ayelet Shachar (Toronto) and Rainer Baubock (EUI): Should Citizenship Be for Sale? Chris Armstrong (Southampton): Natural Resources: The Demands of Equality. Candice Delmas (Clemson): Samaritanism and Political Legitimacy. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Accountability: Fundamental to Democracy. Liora Lazarus (Oxford): The Right to Security. Aaron Maltais (Stockholm): Political Obligations in a Sea of Tyranny and Crushing Poverty. From The Ethics Forum, a book symposium on Pablo Gilabert’s From Global Poverty to Global Equality: A Philosophical Exploration and Mathias Risse’s On Global Justice. From Crooked Timber, a book symposium on Joseph Carens’s The Ethics of Immigration. Epistemology and democracy: Robert B. Talisse and Scott F. Aikin are the dynamic duo of 3Quarksdaily, thinking about the social nature and political significance of argument. Chris Bertram on teaching Rawls after Piketty. Should we care about inequality? Let’s ask a philosopher — here is what the venerable Jean-Jacques Rousseau can tell us (and a “response” by Jean-Francois de Saint-Lambert). Theo Hobson on a series on Jean-Jacques Rousseau — as relevant as ever. Brian Leiter on hot topics in political philosophy: Is global justice still "hot", and if not, what is?

Michael G. Bennett (Northeastern): Celebrity Politicians and Publicity Rights in the Age of Obama. C. Peter Timmer (Harvard): Food Security in Asia and the Pacific: The Rapidly Changing Role of Rice. From The Economist, a special report on business in Asia. Simon Maloy on man’s man Erick Erickson — and his sad, terrifying existence: Why is it that alpha male Erickson keeps losing to the emo feminists and men who cry? There are more museums in the US than there are Starbucks and McDonalds — combined. Starbucks goes to college: Starbucks wasn’t looking ahead, it was looking backward, mimicking an older model of labor-management relations. It seems that, at least as far as the research goes, it’s far healthier to think like Tigger than like Eeyore. Danny Vinik on how Greg Mankiw's newest defense of the one percent is just as wrong as all his others. Prisoners of knowledge: James Fallows on standing up to warmongering D.C. The absolutist: Ted Cruz is an unyielding debater — and the far right’s most formidable advocate. The gap between a past and a present merits chronic rehabilitation — nostalgia can end only by describing the gap with two techniques: sentimentalism or destruction. Leon Neyfakh on how amusement parks hijack your brain: They’re perfectly engineered to push psychological buttons you didn’t even know you had — here’s how. Welcome to the future of work: The New Republic on a new content series, including Bryce Covert on how taking a vacation may actually save your career: Workaholism is hurting the American economy. Is there hope for the survivors of the drug wars? Criminalized and discarded, falling at the bottom of every statistic, they want something better.

Alda Carvalho (ISEL), Carlos Pereira dos Santos (ISEC), and Jorge Nuno Silva (FCUL): Mathematics of Soccer. Ozgur Dirim Ozkan (METU): Perception of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Qualification to FIFA World Cup 2014 by Different Ethnic Groups. In his 35-year presidency of Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu transformed a middling team into the greatest club of the 20th century. The end of the World Cup as we know it: Club soccer has surpassed the international version of the sport in just about every way — better pay, better players, better teams. Jacqueline S. Gehring on how the left and the right talk differently about the ethnicity of German soccer players. Uri Friedman on why Americans call soccer “soccer”. Eric Wills reviews Why Soccer Matters by Pele. The introduction to Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta. The cyborg era begins at the World Cup. A philosopher's theory of soccer fandom: Simon Critchley on why there is no such thing as a bad World Cup. James Dawson on why the World Cup is not a reliable political football. The beautiful data set: Ignacio Palacios-Huerta on how the World Cup can help test economic theories. Why did Borges hate soccer? Shaj Mathew on how mass culture was anathema to the Argentine writer. Omer Aziz on how the World Cup doesn’t bring people together — it tears them apart. Pele, Cruyff, Best, Maradona, Zidane — and Pindar: Brian Cummings on football’s offer of hope against experience, and its roots in a classical past. David Runciman on why goalkeepers don’t catch the ball. How much do Americans really hate soccer? Nicholas Hune-Brown wonders. The not-so-beautiful game: As it becomes trendy, soccer is losing its old frisson of hooliganism. Poor, poor pitiful you: Nick Paumgarten on diving at the World Cup. Aaron Gordon on how the U.S. military shaped American soccer.