Listen to a MuggleNet Academia Podcast with Carrie-Ann Biondi on “Harry Potter and Philosophy: Metaphysical Musings at Hogwarts”
Read the abridged version of Glenn Garvin’s review of Yoani Sanchez’s Havana Real in The Miami Herald (Jan. 26, 2013; first published in Reason Papers, October 2012).
Editors-in-Chief: Carrie-Ann Biondi and Irfan Khawaja
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Forthcoming in Reason Papers, and highlights from recent issues:
- Symposium: Perspectives on Jason Brennan’s The Ethics of Voting (July 2013). [scroll down]
- Symposium: David Boonin and Irfan Khawaja on Ayn Rand’s theory of punishment (July 2013)
- Justifying Private Property: David Schmidtz vs. Gordon Barnes (July 2013)
- Review Essay: Eyal Mozes on Sam Harris’s Free Will (July 2013)
- Review Essay: Owen Goldin on Allan Gotthelf’s Aristotle(July 2013)
- Danny Frederick on Hoppe and self-ownership (July 2013)
- Philip E. Devine on the problematics of MacIntyrean tradition (July 2013)
- Timothy Sandefur on the moral significance of ”Lincoln” and “Les Miserables” (July 2013)
- Joseph Fulda on the pay packages of “the 1%” (July 2013)
- Symposium: Waco–Twenty Years Later (forthcoming, fall 2013)
- Symposium: Robert Talisse’s Democracy and Moral Conflict (forthcoming, fall 2013)
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Call for Papers
Fall 2014 Symposium: The Epistemology, Ethics, and Politics of Emergencies
Submissions may grapple with any of a wide variety of issues related to emergencies (not an exhaustive list): How is “emergency” to be defined? How do we know when we enter/exit an emergency? How should moral and legal norms be formulated so as to take stock of emergencies–if they should? Are moral norms defeasible in the face of emergencies, or specially contextualized so as to preserve their indefeasibility? Who has special authority for decision-making in an emergency? How best to guard against abuses of power or corruptions of norms in emergency situations?
We’re looking for submissions across the broadest spectrum of relevant disciplines–philosophy, political science, legal studies, history, sociology, anthropology, medicine, criminology/police studies, strategic/military studies, etc.
Highlights from our Archives: Sadek J. al-Azm on the Arab Spring in Syria; William Glod on paternalism; Carrie-Ann Biondi on Tara Smith’s Virtuous Egoist; Stephen Kershnar on intrinsic value; Roderick Long on Hilary Putnam; Larry Sechrest on Hayek’s ‘Extended Order’; Randall Curren on Fred Miller’s Aristotle; Laurie Calhoun on Churchland’s eliminativism; Stuart Warner on Locke’s Second Treatise.
Special thanks to Stephan Kinsella for managing the PDF archives, to IT expert David Veksler, to Israel Curtis for site design and for moving us to WordPress, and to Jeff Tucker of the Mises Institute for volunteering to host the site.
This page modified August 16, 2013 (IK).