Top 15 Articles of '15
Dec 15, 2015
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Read our most-loved (and most-clicked) stories of the year.
In no particular order, here are some of our most-loved, and most-read, stories from 2015:
1. The Logic of Effective Altruism | Peter Singer believes that charitable giving is central to an ethical life and should only be directed to organizations that are highly efficient at lifesaving interventions. Daron Acemoglu, Angus Deaton, and others respond.
2. The Lure of Luxury | Paul Bloom leads a forum exploring why luxury items possess value that far surpasses their practical utility.
3. The Virtue of Scientific Thinking | Steven Shapin writes that science can offer unexpected moral guidance.
4. Forensic Pseudoscience | Nathan Robinson argues that forensic science sends innocent people to jail.
5. Wounded Women | Jessa Crispin warns against making victimhood a central component of contemporary feminism.
6. Lena Dunham Wasn’t a Pedophile, and Neither Were You | Judith Levine debunks psychology that conflates childhood sexual curiosity with molestation.
7. Did Christianity Create Liberalism? | Samuel Moyn questions a new book that looks to medieval Christianity for the origins of liberalism’s focus on the individual.
8. “Poetry Makes Nothing Happen” | Robert Huddleston examines how W. H. Auden sought to distance the poetic project from political discourse.
9. Training for Neoliberalism | John McMahon critiques behavioral economics, which reduces life’s complexities to a set of economic choices, helping to create the neoliberal subject.
10. A Science of Literature | Ben Merriman asks whether the digital humanities are capable of being scientific—and who benefits from all that machine reading.
11. Your Own Worst Enemy | Vivian Gornick observes that “every day of our lives we transgress against our own longing to act well.”
13. Keepers of History | Elizabeth Metzger reviews Mary Jo Bang’s “intensely metaphysical collection” of poetry, The Last Two Seconds.
14. A Matter of the Skies | Dave Byrne reflects on divorce and the life of a solitary birder in this personal essay.
15. American Cynicism | Jess Row examines the unbearable cynicism and depressed affect in white American popular culture.
Plus, check out our top articles of 2014. And stay tuned for our Top 20 Poems of 2015, coming tomorrow!
December 15, 2015
1 Min read time