Thursday, March 04, 2010

Miscellany

The latest issue of Logos (apologies to my Catholic friends, who might have thought of this) is available online, and while there are several intriguing articles I want to recommend in particular Steve Niva's review of three recent books that examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of a sophisticated geopolitics. Of the three, I've found Makdisi's to be the most informative. Not reviewed but also worth reading: Adi Ophir, Michal Givoni and Sari Hanafi, eds., The Power of Inclusive Exclusion: Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Territories (New York: Zone Books, 2009). This volume includes essays by two of our authors, Gordon and Weizman, from the aforementioned review.

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez changes his mind about the value of "super-intelligent mammals performing circus tricks for us humans." Relevant background reading would include Dale Jamieson's essays, "Against Zoos," and "Zoos Revisited," in his book, Morality's Progress (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002): 166-189.

Finally, the indispensable online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is beginning to cover subject matter from Indic religio-philosophical traditions which are of course dear to my own heart. Nevertheless, if you have a philosophical temperament and are interested in learning more about these worldviews, I suggest spending time with the following entries: Analytic Philosophy in Early Modern India, Nāgārjuna, and Śāntaraksita. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy also has entries on significant concepts, doctrines and figures from Indic worldviews.

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Cross-posted at ReligiousLeftLaw.com (Perhaps some readers would also be interested in my post on 'Spirituality, Religion, and Philosophy' at this blog.)

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