March turned out to be a fairly unproductive month for me, with a lot of things happening in my department and my college, but here's a recap for what did happen in my professional life (mostly book news):
- The Eastern Economic Association conference went well--the Association for Social Economics sessions were fairly well attended and featured wonderful papers, and I made several contacts that may lead to new projects for the Perspectives from Social Economics book series.
- My article, "Kantian Moral Psychology and Criminal Behavior" was published in the Journal of Criminal Psychology (2/1).
- My proposal for an edited volume on virtue ethics and economics, prepared with my friend and colleague Jennifer Baker, was sent out for review by a prestigious academic press--we hope to hear back on that soon.
- Chapter proposals for my edited book on law and social economics continue to come in, including some fascinating topics and approaches I would never have thought of (one of the reasons I like preparing editing collections).
- The book on libertarian paternalism creeps slowly to the contract stage--I'm told "anyday now" from a very trusted source.
- I received an advance copy of the paperback version of The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination, which looks fabulous (and will be available on May 1).
- The Avengers and Philosophy is now published and available--but you already have your copy, right? (Hello?)
- The Downton Abbey and Philosophy ebook finally has a page on the Wiley website (and I hope it will be available for sale soon). It also a cover, not seen on the website as I write this post, but it's rather nice now seen to the right.
- Spider-Man and Philosophy and The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy are both available for pre-order with covers and preview material; I have two chapters in the first and one chapter in the second (co-authored with Maryanne Fisher). Both out in May as well, I believe.
- My blogging was light since my last update: at Economics and Ethics, "The food labeling debate shows why paternalism is so offensive" (March 6) and "On Character (in The New York Times' The Stone)" (March 26); at The Comics Professor, "Grim and gritty Shazam? Where's the fun in comics today?" (March 5) and "Mourning the death of character in the DC New 52" (March 28); at Psychology Today, "The Wrong Reason to Get Married--and the Right Way to Think about It" (March 11); and at The Good Men Project, "Holy Crap: Belvedere's Despicable Rape Ad" (March 23).
As for what I'm working on now: continuing to edit Superman and Philosophy, writing a chapter for Black Sabbath and Philosophy (wait until you see the cover for that--it's amazing), working on a paper on Kantian ethics and the economics of the family (specifically, intrafamily altruism), and hoping to work on two book proposals for Stanford over spring break (second week in April).
I'm also planning a short European "tour" for late June, including the World Congress of Social Economics in Glasgow, a few days in Stockholm visiting a friend, and then a workshop titled "Influencing Health: Incentives, Nudges, and Public Policy," being held coincident with the World Congress of Bioethics in Rotterdam, to which I was invited. They have Dunkin' Donuts in Europe, right?