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Ethics Succession

Henry Richardson shares some thoughts that may be relevant for people considering aiming to succeed him as editor At Ethics. Here is Henry:

I’ve been invited to offer my perspective, as the current editor of Ethics, for the benefit of anyone who may be thinking of succeeding me on July 1, 2018, when my second five-year term comes to an end. I’m delighted to do so.

Editing Ethics is a service position that is an honor and a privilege to occupy. The role affords an unsurpassed overview of the best work being done in normative philosophy—in ethics, social, political, and legal philosophy, and on normativity itself. It also provides an opportunity to work closely with a terrific team of top people in these fields: the book review editor and the group of associate editors, now numbering fourteen, whose dedication, experience, and judgment are an incredible asset for the journal. (They are listed here; Sally Haslanger has recently replaced Cheshire Calhoun.)

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Is Bluffing Lying?

It was a typical evening of poker. I am taking Shoemaker’s chips as reliably as Trump belittles accusers. I am reading his cards as if he had on mirrored sunglasses. Lesser players, such as Wall, are already turning their attention away from the game, which by now even they realize they are doomed to lose, to manufacturing excuses and rationalizations for their poor play.

I see that Shoemaker by luck has managed a decent hand on the turn, two pair, 6’s and 9’s. I’ve got nothing and no prospects. My only real hope is to persuade him I have a good hand and bluff him into folding. My betting post flop has intentionally represented that I am on a straight draw. Now on the river a card comes up completely compatible with my bluff. It is plausible that the river completes my straight and I bet as if it did in order to persuade him that I did. My body language is consciously managed to persuade him that I am not bluffing and that I hit my straight and am confident and want him to call. He buys it! I persuade him I have a better hand than him and he folds. I congratulate myself on my deception.

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Who Wants to Rule Ethics?

Ethics: an International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy, one of the discipline’s leading journals, is seeking a new editor-in-chief. The journal’s current editor, Henry Richardson (Georgetown), will be stepping down after 10 years. The new editor’s term will begin in July of 2018. You can find out more about the application process here: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/journa…/…/editor-search-cfp.

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Soup Syllabi Again

Hey again! I really think folks sharing their syllabi for others, esp younger philosophers, to make use of could be quite useful. This could be a lovely resource if folks would be willing to take a few moments to share. Please consider sharing your syllabi for your normative philosophy classes here.

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A Bleeding Heart Libertarian View of Paternalist Drug Laws

Today we launch yet another new regular feature at Soup. Call it: Bleeding Heart Soup. Mmmmm, doesn’t that sound good! Our friends at the blog Bleeding Heart Libertarianism will regularly initiate posts on Soup in hopes of encouraging folks to more regularly hear points of view you might otherwise miss.

Today’s post is by Andrew Jason Cohen and Bill Glod. The issues discussed here are taken up at greater length in a forthcoming paper of theirs.

A Bleeding Heart Libertarian View of Paternalist Drug Laws

Andrew Jason Cohen and Bill Glod

Many believe the war on drugs is justified to protect people from harm done to themselves with drug use. Such paternalists should wonder about the effects of their laws. Self-harm does not occur in a vacuum, but neither does punishment. A heroin addict might be hurting his friends and family, but what happens to them when he is imprisoned? What happens to him?

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Responding to Trump

We seek to provide a place where philosophers can share their thoughts about how it makes sense to respond to the election of Donald Trump. For those that think resistance warranted, how might this best be coordinated? For those sympathetic to aspects of his announced agenda, how to distance yourself effectively from the deeply unattractive (e.g. misogynistic and racist) elements that have sometimes been part of the overall presentation? What should people be thinking and doing in response to his election?

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PEA Syllabi

PEA Syllabi, as previously mentioned here, is a new project for compiling syllabi for courses in ethics and political, broadly construed. You are encouraged to add your syllabi, thus making it available to people in the future who are designing such classes. PEA Syllabi now has its own permanent pull down menu at the top of the main Soup page. Please consider going there to add your syllabi as an aid to future and current teachers. And thanks for the suggestions for additional categories. We have expanded the options.

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