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.
Milton Babbitt and John Cage.
On the degradation of universal citizenship.
G. M. Tamás
What the Indian constitutional tradition can teach about sex equality.
Martha C. Nussbaum
What the composer and Kant had in common.
Can religion and science be happily reconciled?
H. Allen Orr
More than two decades after her death in 1975, Hannah Arendt has emerged as the political theorist of the post-totalitarian moment.
Somebody needs to be for quality of life, not just quantity of stuff. And to do so requires an approach that does not trivialize consumption, but accords it the respect and centrality it deserves.
Juliet B. Schor
How the aesthetic pose crippled political thinking.
The Ladies from St. Petersburg
Translated by Marian Schwartz
Pessimism about a selfish electorate is fundamentally misdirected.
Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis
By E. O. Wilson.
An exchange on Stephen Pinker's How the Mind Works.
Steven Pinker, Robert C. Berwick, Jeremy C. Ahouse
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Robin D. G. Kelley
Michael Patrick Lynch
Alex de Waal
Jedediah Britton-Purdy, Amy Kapczynski, David Singh Grewal
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