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The 1980s sex wars are most strongly associated with conflict over pornography. But a central component, often lost in present-day recollections, was a debate over the politics of queer desire.

Lisa Duggan
Feminist activists of the Women Against Pornography (WAP) group in a protest 'March On Times Square', in New York City, 20th October 1979.

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Nearly two years into a global pandemic, uncertainty has profoundly unsettled both our personal and political lives. In our Fall 2021 book, eleven thinkers consider its scientific, philosophical, and economic aspects. Together they make clear that uncertainty need not be paralyzing. Leading this book’s forum, Sheila Jasanoff, pioneering scholar of science and technology studies, argues that public policy could benefit from a much more serious acknowledgment of uncertainty. Also featuring Jana Bacevic, Caley Horan, Annie Howard, Lily Hu, Michael D. Jackson, Jay S. Kaufman, Oded Na’aman, Zeynep Pamuk, Simon Torracinta, Alexandre White.

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With Roe once again under threat, we bring together recent and archival essays to assess what is at stake—and how we might move from reproductive rights to reproductive justice.

From the Archive

Taking Ideas Seriously | December 2002

Philosopher Seyla Benhabib asks: Can we distinguish political choices from philosophical truths?

“Too often these days we reduce philosophy to confession and intimacy to kitsch precisely because we live without a sense of the democratic res publica.” Read more.