Veena Das (Johns Hopkins) and Shalini Randeria (Vienna): Social Sciences and Public Debates: The Case of India. The Indian Constitution guarantees equality under the law — but for women facing a patriarchal social order, strict caste rules and centuries of traditions, that guarantee means little. A court ruling is massive shift for gender rights in India. India’s only all-woman rural newspaper has a new challenge: Cracking digital publishing. Rashmi Goel (Denver): Women Who Kill Women. Shalu Nigam on the privileges of being a Hindu, upper caste and elite class, male in India. Progressive millennial Indians, let’s talk about why we never talk about caste. “We cannot talk about it”: Factory workers for major fashion labels live confined by guards. Rahul Mukherji (Heidelberg): Is India a Developmental State?

Sankrant Sanu on why India is a nation. Unmasking Modi: Siddhartha Deb on the violence, insecurity, and rage behind the man who has replaced Gandhi as the face of India. Harvard project aimed at translating ancient text sparks outrage among Hindu Right. Moyukh Chatterjee (McGill): Against the Witness: Hindu Nationalism and the Law in India. You can download Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear by Dibyesh Anand (2011).


Pamela Samuelson (UC-Berkeley): Freedom to Tinker. Matthew Rose on the liberalism of Richard John Neuhaus. Robert Zaretsky on Camus and the limits of absurdity. Can robots help solve our gender woes? Scott Lemieux on how Republican efforts to suppress the vote backfired big time. The Republicans’ big gerrymander could backfire in a major way. Ian Millhiser on the shocking arrogance behind one of America’s worst gerrymanders. Charles Stewart and Stephen Pettigrew on how the United States is getting better at running elections. Richard D. Brown reviews Magazines and the Making of America: Modernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741-1860 by Heather A. Haveman. The bees are all right: After years of uncertainty, honeybees appear poised to recover from collapse. Jared Bernstein on the progressive victory nobody’s talking about.


Alexander Dietz (USC): What We Together Ought to Do. Errol Lord (Penn): What You’re Rationally Required to Do and What You Ought to Do (are the Same Thing!). What we owe each other: Martin O’Neill on T. M. Scanlon’s egalitarian philosophy (and more). Matthew Talbert (West Virginia): Approaches to Moral Responsibility. Nathan Stout (Tulane): Reasons-Responsiveness and Moral Responsibility: The Case of Autism. In praise of desire and some: Richard Marshall interviews Nomy Arpaly on ethics, moral psychology, action theory, and free will. Eva Feder Kittay (Stony Brook): Two Dogmas of Moral Theory? Comments on Lisa Tessman’s Moral Failure. Seana Shiffrin (UCLA): The Moral Neglect of Negligence. Ned Dobos (UNSW): Two Concepts of Moral Injury: Moral Trauma and Moral Degradation. Caroline T. Arruda (UTEP): The Varieties of Moral Improvement, Or Why Metaethical Constructivism Must Explain Moral Progress.

Kieran Setiya (MIT): Selfish Reasons. Do self-interest and morality necessarily conflict? Naomi Goulder on how philosophers from Rousseau to Nietzsche have offered answers. Robert Mark Simpson reviews Strangers Drowning: Voyages to the Brink of Moral Extremity by Larissa MacFarquhar and Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and a Radical New Way to Make a Difference by William MacAskill. Life isn’t fair — so why do people behave as though it is? David McPherson (Creighton): Manners and the Moral Life. The moral tipping point: Ed O’Brien and Nadav Klein on why it’s hard to shake a bad impression.

James Andow (Reading): Expecting Moral Philosophers to be Reliable. Who needs moral experts anyway? The absence of courageous moral experts in our media has shifted the debates in favour of regression towards traditional cultural prejudices.

Science has next to nothing to say about moral intuitions. The trolley problem is the Internet’s most philosophical meme. Linch Zhang goes behind the absurd popularity of trolley problem memes.


Maximilian Forte (Concordia): The New Victorianism. Robert Kowalenko (Witwatersrand): Thabo Mbeki, Postmodernism, and the Consequences. Jen Kirby on the Olympics in the age of ISIS. AP sources: Paul Manafort tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying. Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani on 7 questions that must not go unanswered about Trump, the GOP, and Russia: His campaign manager’s ties to pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians are far from the only concern. Josh Marshall goes into the alt-Left, alt-Right Russian alt-universe. Women talk about the moments they felt most powerful. The introduction to How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why by Zoltan Barany. A radioactive Cold War military base will soon emerge from Greenland’s melting ice: They thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden — they were wrong.

From Vox, Donald Trump’s once-masterful “attention at any cost” strategy has turned into a disaster; and the media vs. Donald Trump: Why the press feels so free to criticize the Republican nominee. Yes, the media is weighted against Trump — because he mostly spouts lies. Trump’s campaign changes represent the triumph of the right-wing echo chamber: The party’s leader is responding to campaign problems by retreating further into it, to repeat all the same mistakes that got him to this point in the first place.


White tears in Trump’s America: Jamil Smith on how the Republican nominee and his supporters are perverting identity politics. Ryan Cooper on why poor whites flock to Donald Trump. Timothy Schenk on the dark history of Donald Trump’s rightwing revolt: The Republican intellectual establishment is united against Trump — but his message of cultural and racial resentment has deep roots in the American Right. Jonathan Bernstein on how Republicans are responsible for Trump. How we killed the tea party: Greedy super PACs drained the movement with endless pleas for money to support “conservative” candidates — while instead using the money to enrich themselves; I should know — I worked for one of them. Why hasn’t the Republican Party collapsed? We shouldn’t be asking whether the GOP is falling apart — we ought to be wondering why it isn’t.

If Trump is going down, he’s taking the GOP with him: The Republican National Committee is considering cutting off Trump’s support — that would be a bad idea. Donald Trump drives a stake through the GOP’s heart: “I don’t want to pivot”. Trump is self-sabotaging his campaign because he never really wanted the job in the first place. Why Donald Trump’s “rigged elections” warning could actually make his supporters less likely to vote. Mark Salter on the speech Donald Trump could give if he loses the election but refuses to concede — a diatribe against a rigged system, using words Trump has already uttered.

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