About Boston Review
combines commitments to public reason and literary imagination.
Putting politics and poetry on the same page, we anticipate a world
that is at once more democratic and more imaginative than our own.
We are a magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas, and
we take that designation seriously: our intellectual range distinguishes
us from any political journal or literary quarterly, while our seriousness
of purpose sets us apart from other general-interest magazines.
political project is especially fundamental to its editorial identity.
And that project is defined by a set of convictions and a practical
premise. Briefly summarized, the convictions are egalitarian, radically
democratic, and culturally pluralist: we hope for a world with greater
socioeconomic equality, in which life chances do not reflect the
morally irrelevant differences among us; a world with more participation
by citizens in running their common affairs, in which the exercise
of political power is shaped by our common reason and not by private
wealth; a world in which equal citizens acknowledge the diversity
of decent ways to live, and do not seek to confine human existence
to a single, authoritative pattern. Our practical premise is that
the active pursuit of these convictions requires well-founded confidence
in their soundness and rational defensibilityconfidence that
justice commands a democracy at once more egalitarian, participatory,
and culturally pluralist than our own, that such political values
are rooted in reason, not simply a matter of taste, preference,
or practical convenience.
are of great importance, these fundamental political values are
highly abstract. To clarify their content, develop their programmatic
and policy implications, encourage the confidence essential to their
successful pursuit, and foster the broader culture of mutual respect
without which democracy founders, Boston Review provides
a forum devoted to debate about basics, in which egalitarian-democratic
and culturally pluralist convictions provide the center of intellectual
achieve its practical aspiration, the forum includes intellectuals
and activists: without strong activist presence, political argument
lacks the discipline born of practical connection.
promote political self-confidence, the forum is open-ended:
confidence that the force of the better argument is on our side
wont come by confining the debate to people with whom we already
clarify the convictions and develop their implications, we feature
arguments from explicit (and plausible) premises, presented in clean,
crisp, jargon-free prose: the commitment to shared human reason
is apparent in style and substance.
foster the more encompassing respect for humanity that democratic
conviction requires, we give due weight both to public reason and
the independent life of the cultural and literary imagination.
In short, Boston
Review is a left-center-of-gravity magazine of ideas: a magazine
that aims to expand political debate, shift the cultural assumptions
that frame that debate, and create greater space for political initiative
guided by egalitarian, radically democratic, and culturally pluralist