Well, if you didn't catch one of my torrent of tweets on the topic today, The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero was released today. I'm looking forward to hearing for people who read it (amazingly, I already have, thanks for early Kindle release). I created a book page for it on the site, with my thoughts about the book, table of contents (with links to the introduction and first chapter), and a list of recent articles, op-eds, and blog posts.
In other news:
- Most of my time since the ASSAs over a month ago has been spent on The Illusion of Well-Being, which I'm happy to say is coming into shape and will most likely be finished by the time you see my next update.
- I was invited to participate in editing Social Economics, a four-volume collection of seminal articles in the field to be published by Routlegde/Taylor & Francis; I'll be responsible for the economics and ethics component, and I'mm very happy to be involved.
- I also received a contract for Law and Social Economics: Essays in Ethical Values for Theory, Practice, and Policy, an edited volume mostly drawn from the law-related papers given at the 2014 ASSA meetings, to be included in my Perspectives from Social Economics series at Palgrave Macmillan (and to released roughly simultaneously with my monograph on the topic).
- Also in the area of social economics, I was asked to revise my chapter “Social Law and Economics and the Quest for Dignity and Rights” for the second edition of The Elgar Companion to Social Economics, edited by John B. Davis and Wilfred Dolfsma.
- I agreed to write a longer entry on retributivism for Springer's Encyclopedia of Law and Economics to supplement the shorter one I previously agreed to write on the lex talionis.
- In conference news, my paper “Rethinking the Welfare Criterion in Law-and-Economics," that merged my two current sole-authored book projects, was accepted to both the Law, Culture, and Humanities conference in March and the Law and Society Association conference in May.
- Also, my paper "Bad Medicine or Miracle Cure: Does the Complex Nature of Health Care Weaken the Ethical Arguments Against Nudges?" was accepted to the Petrie-Flom Annual Conference on “Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy” to be held at Harvard University in May.
In terms of online activity I have been fairly silent, but I have this to offer:
- Two Psychology Today posts: A rather personal one titled "My New Year's Resolution: Stop Disappointing Myself" from New Year's Day, and one posted today to commemorate the Cap book release and the upcoming Day of St. Valentine, "What Can We Learn About Love From Captain America?"
- I published one substantive post at Economics and Ethics: "Do we need different types of tenure? On Adam Grant in The New York Times" (February 6).
- And I have one new post at The Comics Professor not related to the Cap book: "Why Is Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 such a great comic? Here are some reasons..." (February 5)
I do have some ideas for more personal posts related to writing, promotion, and academic identity, which I hope to work on in the near future. But right now, books and articles take precedence; a lot of hard work lies ahead, but what academic can't say the same? Onward we go...