A Political and Literary Forum
Two new books take aim at the moral failures of meritocracy. But we can advocate for a more just society without giving up on merit.
Participatory Innovation in Unlikely Places.
Albert W. Dzur
On utopia, the hive mind, reviewers, and intellectuals.
Lindsey Gilbert, George Scialabba
An interview with David Runciman on his book, The Confidence Trap.
“The drones were terrifying. The buzz of a distant propeller is a constant reminder of imminent death."
Who owns human tissues?
Osagie K. Obasogie
If there is a moral limit to artistic license, director Alice Winocour has gone beyond it in Augustine.
Alan A. Stone
The success of humanitarian appeals is not a given of human nature. They work because we have come to sympathize with the suffering of others, distant and alien.
Claude S. Fischer
The American ideal of local government is productive in many ways, but also costly.
Elizabeth Anderson visits Stanford's Center for Ethics in Society to discuss objections to slavery and their implications for our understanding of equality.
Elizabeth Anderson discusses her Wesson Lecture on slavery, emancipation and equality with BR Co-Editor Joshua Cohen and historian David Hollinger.
Elizabeth Anderson, Joshua Cohen, David Hollinger
Stanford's Rob Reich examines the role of foundations in democratic societies—the subject of his Boston Review forum essay What Are Foundations For?
The philosophy of personal responsibility has ruined criminal justice and economic policy. It's time to move past blame.
Barbara H. Fried
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Michael Patrick Lynch
Joshua Cohen, Boston Review
Jedediah Britton-Purdy, Amy Kapczynski, David Singh Grewal
Robin D. G. Kelley
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