March 4, 2014

We’re still running a bit behind on our editing schedule, but I’ve just gotten a set of first-round edits done, and have handed them over to Carrie-Ann, who will be doing the second round of edits, and then sending them on to contributors within the next few weeks. So things still look good for an April publication date, though perhaps later in the month than earlier. Thanks for your patience.

At a recent editorial power lunch, Carrie-Ann and I decided that we’ll call the forthcoming April issue volume 36, number 1, and will plan to publish volume 36, number 2 in December 2014. Starting in 2015, we’ll aim to publish Reason Papers in June and December of each year. (We have yet to update the site fully to reflect these changes.) There won’t, alas, be a volume 35, number 2 of Reason Papers corresponding to fall 2013.

There’s some more stuff up for review at the Books for Review page, and more to come fairly soon. We may well have to rename that page the “Books and Films for Review” page, because we’ve started to list films up for review (starting with documentaries). We’ll be updating the Submissions page to reflect what we’re looking for in film reviews, but for now, send us a query at [email protected] if you’re interested.

In reading over the manuscripts for the new issue, I’ve been particularly impressed at the synergy between the symposium on Rob Talisse’s Democracy and Moral Conflict, and the symposium on Waco Twenty (One) Years Later. In a sense, Talisse’s book provides the theoretical template within which the latter event can be understood. There’s a fair bit of contention within each of those symposia as well. But more on that come April.

Irfan (and Carrie-Ann)

PS. I forgot to mention in my last post that the April issue will also include a review of Al Gini and Alexei Marcoux’s The Ethics of Business (by Gary Jason), and Edward Younkins’s Flourishing and Happiness in a Free Society (by Jared Meyer). More to sink your teeth into in April.

February 9, 2014

Hi, and welcome (back) to Reason Papers. We’ve recently had to change servers and migrate the Reason Papers site to a new one, so we’re a bit delayed in editing and producing what was supposed to be our Fall 2013 issue. Carrie-Ann and I are currently in the process of editing the manuscripts we’re running in the issue, and will have edited drafts out to contributors within a matter of weeks. Bookmark this page for more updates on that.

At any rate, Reason Papers is decidedly back in business. We’re currently looking at an online publication date of April 2014 for the Fall 2013 issue. Once we get the April 2014 issue out, however, we’ll be modifying our publication schedule going forward. We still plan to publish twice a year, but will probably change from our old June/October schedule to something friendlier to our teaching schedules.

A huge thanks to Stephan Kinsella and especially to Blake Barber, our new webmaster, for help in transitioning from the old server to the new one. Our apologies to everyone for the delay, and thanks to our readers and contributors for their patience.

As you can see from the front page, however, the new issue should be well worth waiting for. Some highlights:

Metaphysics: Bernardo Aguilera and Frank Scalambrino continue our July 2013 issue’s focus on free will with book reviews on mental causation.

Meta-ethics: Gary Jason, Mark LeBar, and I have wildly divergent things to say about ethical egoism.

Ancient Greek ethics:  Anne Mamary and David Riesbeck pretty much have ancient Athens covered, with Anne on Plato and Aristophanes, and David on Eugene Garver’s Aristotle.

Political philosophy: Our symposia in this issue–one on Robert Talisse’s Democracy and Moral Conflict, the other on the 1993 Branch Davidian stand-off at Waco–offer serendipitously complementary reflections on the occasionally violent conflict that arises between democratic states and their dissenting minorities. (We’d wanted the Waco symposium to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of that event, but alas, it’ll end up coinciding with the twenty-first).  Meanwhile, Uppu James and Danny Frederick offer sympathetic appraisals of Marxian and Nozickian political thought, respectively.

The fire at the Branch Davidian complex at Waco, April 19, 1993

Political economy: Eileen Norcross and William Thomas review books discussing the precursors and aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, dovetailing with material in past (and forthcoming) issues on that event. (Click here for Thomas Hogan’s review of Jeffrey Friedman’s What Caused the Financial Crisis and here for Arnold Kling’s review of John Allison’s The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure, both from our October 2012 issue).

Politics: Finally, undergraduate history major Matt Faherty offers the first of what we hope to be several appraisals, by undergraduates, of the “on ground” literature recently produced by Students for Liberty.

We’ve just expanded the list of books up for review at our “Books for Review” page (now separate from the “News” page), adding a new section on “Psychology and Psychiatry,” and new subsections on Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Social Science. If some of our book review categories look a bit bare, that’s because so many books have been snatched up by reviewers: at last count, we’d assigned three dozen reviews in fields ranging from American history to race studies, from political philosophy to Near East studies, from psychology to postcolonial studies–and beyond. But don’t worry: with the fall 2013 and spring 2014 book catalogs piling up on my desk, I don’t think we’ll have trouble replacing the books we’ve so far assigned.

A reminder: the deadline for our symposium on emergencies is fast approaching. We’ve got some excellent contributions already, but there’s certainly room for some more. Keep them coming–and stay tuned.

Irfan (and Carrie-Ann)