European word map

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File under: Questions Rarely Asked (hat tip: @pickover)

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Aretha forever

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Summer readings (part two)

Here is what we are reading–or will be reading soon–as our blissful summer break comes to a close:

  1. On truth” by English philosopher Simon Blackburn. Truth is one of our most essential ordering principles, but how should we define such a concept? (In the future, we also hope to explore the relation between truth and beauty.)
  2. The age of questions” by historian Holly Case. The subtitle of this book is “Or, a first attempt at an aggregate history of the Eastern, social, woman, American, Jewish, Polish, bullion, tuberculosis, and many other questions over the 19th Century and beyond.” Suffice it to say we are going to read this book on the strength of Tyler Cowen’s glowing recommendation.
  3. A matter of justice: Eisenhower and the beginning of the civil rights revolution” by historian David A. Nichols. We are currently researching President Eisenhower’s pivotal decision (memorialized in Executive Order 10730) to send the U.S. Army into Little Rock in the fall of 1957 to enforce a federal court desegregation order, so Dr Nichols’s tome is a must-read for us.

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(The books by Holly Case and Simon Blackburn–both of which are pictured above–were published last month (July 2018), while David Nichols’s book was published in 2007. Also, we posted part one of our summer readings in this previous post.)

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A modest proposal (Oxford comma edition)

Maybe the bride and groom should consider drafting a “grammar prenup” to address this question! (Bonus question: could the Coase Theorem apply here?)

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Hat tip to my former student: Andrew C. Sherwood (@Senator_Andy)

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Fact or Fiction? (Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Edition)

Hat tip: u/___Saudade___ (via reddit)

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Syllabi hall of fame

As we begin the new academic year, it’s time for us to revisit the syllabus for our survey course in law and ethics. With this task in mind, we wish to link to this pithy tweet by Jeanne Dyche, reminding us that syllabi are texts too! In addition, we have assembled our previous posts featuring the following fun and innovative syllabi below:

  1. Kieran Healy: “Social Theory through Complaining.”
  2. Chia-Hua Li: “Genetic Engineering and Future Society.”
  3. Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West: “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data.”

Lastly (for now), something new: Professor Elizabeth Sherowski explains the evolution of her Legal Analysis and Writing syllabus.

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