Philosophy In The News, Weekly: October 27 to November 2, 2018

Devil's Doorway, from above, Devil's Lake, Wisconsin (Stereograph 1899) | The New York Public Library

The best of the philosophical internet from The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Cut, Literary Hub, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Quartz, The Daily Utah Chronicle, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Aeon, Al Jazeera, Big Think and Vox.

“America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens—even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether.” As it turns out, the pedagogical devil is in the digital. | The New York Times

Her work “shows how philosophy, far from being merely an armchair discipline, offers a greater understanding of who we are, our place in the world, and a way to live a well-lived life.” Philosopher Martha Nussbaum wins the $1 Million Berggruen Prize. | The New York Times

On his 200th birthday the author of The Communist Manifesto refuses to die. Jonathan Wolff on the spectre of Marx and Marxism that continues to haunt capitalism. | The Times Literary Supplement

“There are more things likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” Edith Zimmerman on the benefits of thinking like a Stoic. | The Cut

“[H]e was an intellectual, a thinker about society, politics, and ideas, who used literature as the medium of his investigations.” On Lionel Trilling’s literary and political moralism. | Literary Hub

“So how did Nietzsche come to be commonly perceived as a racist, misogynistic nationalist?” Sue Prideaux dynamites the extreme Right’s artless attempt to cast themselves as Nietzschean Übermenschen. | Los Angeles Times

“If you write about your expertise from a place of contempt, maybe you’re not so smart after all.” Ian Bogst on why scholars fall prey to the myth of ‘dumbing down’ their work. | The Atlantic

Helen Russell’s Atlas of Happiness charts unique cultural concepts, like ubuntu in South Africa and Dolce far niente in Italy, that help define “a good life.” | The Guardian

Eleven tips on how to deal with death from American writer Michael Hebb, founder of the organization Death Over Dinner. | The Guardian

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami and others on what one can do to relieve suffering and help people.| Quartz

“According to popular understanding, philosophy is a useless subject.” According to this philosophical initiate, every student, even STEM majors, should take a philosophy course. | The Daily Utah Chronicle

“Thucydides came to the same insight that Ludwig Wittgenstein recorded centuries later when he wrote that ethics ‘must be a condition of the world like logic.’” Though the takers are few, the great ancient historian continues to offer us insights into contemporary politics. | The New York Review of Books

Trump’s amoral response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a double failure. Besides failing to be an “ethics of conviction,” it also doesn’t live up to the “ethics of responsibility,” as laid out by German sociologist Max Weber. | The New Republic

“Would you choose to live wild and free as a wolf, or have a job with benefits, like a sled dog?” A short video that imagines wild wolves and harnessed dogs discussing the good life. | Aeon

Bhutan is the only country in the world to measure success not by economic growth but by “gross national happiness” Neave Barker reports on the strains development is putting on the kingdom’s eudaimonic philosophy. | Al Jazeera

“The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” Matthew Davis on entering the flow state. | Big Think

“I think we run into dangers when we allow our identities to push us around, to make us do things we don’t actually want to do or need to do, just because we feel that’s what a black person would do or that’s what a white person would do or that’s what a Republican person would do.” Sean Illing’s interview with philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah on how identity defines and distorts our politics. | Vox