Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Bookforum Omnivore - Philosophical Inquiry and the Popularity of Philosophy

Here are three different collections of links on philosophy and philosophy-related topics courtesy of Bookforum's Omnivore blog. There are some interesting articles and reviews of some books that look enticing. Enjoy.






  • A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out.
  • Kevin Tobia, Wesley Buckwalter and Stephen Stich (Rutgers): Moral Intuitions: Are Philosophers Experts?
  • J. David Velleman (NYU): Foundations for Moral Relativism.
  • From NDPR, a review of The Ethical Project by Philip Kitcher; a review of The Ethics of Need: Agency, Dignity, and Obligation by Sarah Clark Miller; a review of Moralism: A Study of a Vice by Craig Taylor; and a review of Against Moral Responsibility by Bruce N. Waller.
  • From The Utopian, an interview with T. M. Scanlon.
  • The new leveller: An interview with Elizabeth Anderson.
  • A review of Philosophers Past and Present: Selected Essays by Barry Stroud.
  • Is philosophy literature? Analytic philosophy is reputed to be overly dry and technical, but a host of 20th century works are lyrical, engaging and a delight to read.
  • Addicts, mythmakers and philosophers: Alan Brody explains Plato’s/Socrates’ understanding of habitually bad behavior.
  • Public forums for the discussion of ideas are flourishing everywhere, from festivals to pubs, but will the popularity of philosophy groups have any lasting impact?


  • Ali Rizvi (UBD): A Critique of Modern Philosophy
  • James Mensch (Charles): Violence and Existence: An Examination of Schmitt's Political Philosophy. 
  • From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review essay on Jurgen Habermas
  • You are all proletariats: A review of Towards a New Manifesto by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (translated by Rodney Livingstone; Verso 2011). 
  • A review of Adorno for Revolutionaries by Ben Watson. 
  • A riposte to the Habermases, Rawls and Bidets of the world: A review of Proletarian Nights: Workers’ Dream in Nineteenth Century France by Jacques Ranciere and 1839: The Chartist Insurrection by David Black and Chris Ford. 
  • A review of Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises
  • Rasmus Fleischer on Robert Kurz and the collapse of modernity: A quarter of a century ago, the Nurnberg school of Wertkritik (value-critical theory) emerged as a project to develop a third critical theory, pertinent to the third industrial revolution. 
  • Paul Mason and/or Karl Marx: Paul Le Blanc on occupations, insurgencies and human nature.
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