From Philosophy Now, a special section on Continental Thoughts. Joshua Rayman (South Florida): The Specter of Liberation: Emancipatory Possibilities in the Political Theory of Marcuse and Zizek. Sophie Loidolt (TU Darmstadt): The Phenomenological Arendt. Alexandros Schismenos (Ioannina): Time in the Ontology of Cornelius Castoriadis. Rethinking minds: Richard Marshall interviews Soren Overgaard on the Wittgenstein, Levinas, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty gang. Kristina Lepold (Frankfurt): An Ideology Critique of Recognition: Judith Butler in the Context of the Contemporary Debate on Recognition. Robert Trumbull (Washington): Freud Beyond Foucault: Thinking Pleasure as a Site of Resistance. It’s just not my life: Julia Kristeva responds. Pure jet lag: Christopher Lee on thinking with Paul Virilio (1932-2018).


Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age. The beginning of the end for Poland’s populists? After years in power, the Law and Justice party lost big in recent mayoral elections. One legacy of Merkel? Angry East German men fueling the far Right. In a tragedy always look for the helpers: A rabbi rushes to Pittsburgh looking for ways to help and finds that he is one of many. Wave of anti-Semitism today resembles prewar attitudes towards Jewish-led Hollywood. Mexico’s Supreme Court overturns country’s ban on recreational marijuana. Virginia Heffernan on WikiLeaks’ pernicious legacy — empty lulz, bothsidesism and moral flexibility. Everything about El Chapo’s trial is a secret.


Li Zhou on 12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics: It’s the “Year of the Woman” in more ways than one. Why don’t young people vote? Don’t lament young people’s apathy, consider what’s making them apathetic. The 2018 campaign revealed the true fissure in American democracy. Kevin Drum on the revenge of the median voter theorem. Why long lines at polling places are a voting rights issue: Polling places are disappearing in blue states as well as red — it’s a quiet form of voter suppression. Long lines to vote are a sign democracy isn’t working. The future of the Democratic Party rests on voting rights.

The biggest Democratic stars of the midterms lost — here’s who you should know about now. The midterms mark a turning point in the Trump presidency. The Mueller race will resume after all the votes are counted.

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