Twin Cities Review of Political Philosophy Volume 1 Summer 2011 FEATURING: Self-Reflexive Social Epistemic Norms Robert B. Talisse, Vanderbilt University ...1 "In my 2009 book, Democracy and Moral Conflict, I develop a distinctively epistemological account ofwhy citizens should sustain their democratic commitments even in cases where a democratic decision must strike them as seriously objectionable or even intolerable. The thought that our best reasons for endorsing a democratic political order may be epistemological rather than moral has proven a bit hard to swallow for some political theorists. I admit my thesis is striking. But I also think it correct." Status Updates Joshua A. Miller, Morgan State University ...10 " The Honor Code is smart, engaging, and thought provoking, and people interested in the themes he discusses should buy and read it...Now for the criticism: though rigorous and humanistic, Appiah’s thesis is misleading. Part ofthis is stylistic: he introduces the vagaries and tensions within honor through a set of historical and contemporary examples, but it’s not until the end that he spells out his own commitments and the conceptual distinctions that motivated his project. That means it is not until the end that we are able to see the role he wants honor to play in normative appraisals ofinjustice." The Environmental Law Death Watch James McNamara, JD ...19 "What I hope to add is a summary ofthe legal and political context in which this struggle for environmental sanity is taking place. As a lawyer by training, I will focus on the legal doctrines that have developed in the courtroom, but I will briefly address the remainder ofgovernment as well. Environmental law does not take place just within the judiciary. Rather, it is a product ofall three branches ofgovernment and the public acting in concert. For those not following closely, the way our federal government has dealt with environmental law–mostly with public acquiescence–might prove as harrowing as the environmental facts themselves. For the time being, environmental law is near death."