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.

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