Robust debates on pressing issues, featuring top thinkers and practitioners.

August 26, 2014
By Paul Bloom
Most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification. This is a mistake.
May 19, 2014
By Reed Hundt
Framing surveillance as a tradeoff between privacy and security is a dead end for democracy.
April 01, 2014
By Suzanne Berger
Since the 1980s, financial market pressures have driven companies to hive off activities that sustained manufacturing.
March 01, 2014
By Andrew Ridker
We invited poets to contribute new works, entering into a larger dialogue on what it means to have open eyes and ears in the twenty-first century. Poems by Armantrout, Ashbery, Bernstein, Pinsky, and others.
January 21, 2014
By Mohammad Fadel
The promise of democracy lies in its potential to cultivate political virtue over time. But Egypt's liberals, unnerved by the policies of the legitimate Muslim Brotherhood government, refused to wait.
November 06, 2013
By Jeff McMahan
Traditional just war theory has it wrong. Soldiers are morally culpable for fighting in unjust wars, and thus deserve the option of selective conscientious objection.
September 06, 2013
By Pamela Ronald
Genetically modified foods are safe for humans and pose no special environmental risk. Yet there are serious policy questions to consider.
June 28, 2013
By Barbara H. Fried
The philosophy of personal responsibility has ruined criminal justice and economic policy. It's time to move past blame.
Chinese worker
May 21, 2013
By Richard M. Locke
Private efforts to improve global working conditions have failed.
March 01, 2013
By Rob Reich
The modern foundation is an institutional oddity in a democracy. A democratic society is committed to the equality of citizens, but foundations are the voice of plutocracy.