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September/October 2014

Paul Bloom leads the forum, “Against Empathy” with responses from Leslie Jamison, Peter Singer, Sam HarrisSimon Baron-Cohen, and others. Plus: Philosopher Sadik al-Azm rewrites our understanding of the Syrian revolution; Lelac Almagor argues that standardized testing might not be so bad; and William Simon thinks that privacy may be overrated.

 

Forum 

Against Empathy 

Paul Bloom — with responses from:

LESLIE JAMISON, PETER SINGER, LEONARDO CHRISTOV-MOORE AND MARCO IACOBONI, JACK W. BERRY AND LYNN E. O’CONNOR, BARBARA H. FRIED, SIMON BARON-COHEN, MARIANNE LAFRANCE, ELIZABETH STOKER BRUENIG, NOMY ARPALY, SAM HARRIS, CHRISTINE MONTROSS, AND JESSE PRINZ.


Editors’ Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen

Foundations

State of the Nation: Marriage Won’t Cure Poverty
Philip N. Cohen
Made in America: Do Ideas Matter?
Claude S. Fischer
Wonders: The Evidence of Memory
Anne Fausto-Sterling

Context

Syria in Revolt: Understanding the Unthinkable War<
Sadik J. al-Azm

Fiction

Any Further West
Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Books & Ideas

God’s Country: John Demos’s The Heathen School
Richard White
Baby, Take a Bow: Shirley Temple and the Myth of Childhood Innocence<
Judith Levine
Rethinking Privacy
William H. Simon

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