On Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer was a writer for his time, not all time. He lived less as a novelist than as an all-purpose gadfly, taking on every issue of the day…
Norman Mailer was a writer for his time, not all time. He lived less as a novelist than as an all-purpose gadfly, taking on every issue of the day… [More]

Question about Religion, Science - Allen Stairs responds

Is there a good definition of magic which does not rule out the existence of magic, but also does not imply that actually magic exists? Magic cannot be "the ability to do impossible things", since
Is there a good definition of magic which does not rule out the existence of magic, but also does not imply that actually magic exists? Magic cannot be "the ability to do impossible things", since [More]

Question about Freedom, Mind - Stephen Maitzen responds

There has been much made of Hawking and Harris using brain scans to demonstrate a deterministic explanation of "free will". My question is, how do they treat a case where I think about moving my
There has been much made of Hawking and Harris using brain scans to demonstrate a deterministic explanation of "free will". My question is, how do they treat a case where I think about moving my [More]

Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization

To understand the economics of space exploration, look to Zheng He, leader of an elite band of eunuch adventurers in 15th-century China…
To understand the economics of space exploration, look to Zheng He, leader of an elite band of eunuch adventurers in 15th-century China… [More]

Mayakovsky: A Biography

The poet Vladimir Mayakovsky revered Lenin, but the feeling was not mutual: “rubbish, stupid, beyond belief, and pretentious”…
The poet Vladimir Mayakovsky revered Lenin, but the feeling was not mutual: “rubbish, stupid, beyond belief, and pretentious”… [More]

Marcuse Today

For an apostle of alienation, Herbert Marcuse sure was a media star. To think his unsettling blend of Hegel, Marx, and Freud ended up in Playboy…
For an apostle of alienation, Herbert Marcuse sure was a media star. To think his unsettling blend of Hegel, Marx, and Freud ended up in Playboy… [More]

Orwell’s world

There are many Orwells: Literary Orwell, militant Orwell, rural Orwell, paternal Orwell. Sixty-five years after his death, they’re all in demand…
There are many Orwells: Literary Orwell, militant Orwell, rural Orwell, paternal Orwell. Sixty-five years after his death, they’re all in demand… [More]

On Foucault

Say what you will about Foucault – his self-indulgence or his preening radicalism – the man had a knack for sniffing out obscure information…
Say what you will about Foucault – his self-indulgence or his preening radicalism – the man had a knack for sniffing out obscure information… [More]

No language instinct

How humanity learned to speak. A language organ? No. A language instinct? No. Our need to cooperate was what paved the way…
How humanity learned to speak. A language organ? No. A language instinct? No. Our need to cooperate was what paved the way… [More]

Moral Reason

2014.12.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Julia Markovits, Moral Reason, Oxford University Press, 2014, 208pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199567171. Reviewed by Kyla
2014.12.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Julia Markovits, Moral Reason, Oxford University Press, 2014, 208pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199567171. Reviewed by Kyla [More]