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.
Does Trump’s success vindicate or undermine liberal theory?
A new book wants us to navigate life’s crossroads with the precision of a military exercise. But personal decisions are more difficult than even the most consequential political decisions.
Most charitable foundations are endowed in perpetuity. But John Stuart Mill argued eternal rights make for bad governance.
Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential Marxism offers a radical philosophical foundation for today’s revitalized critiques of capitalism.
There is still much to learn from the radical legacy of critical theory.
Fascist politics exploits freedom of speech for authoritarian ends.
In the mid-twentieth century, the Church radically changed its position on whether religion is a public or private matter.
The pontiff still hasn't commented on Ireland's abortion referendum. That could all change when he visits the country in August.
Jeff Sessions is fond of citing the Bible to support the persecution of immigrants, in stark contrast to a long tradition of biblical interpretation.
Robert L. Tsai
When philosophy tries to reclaim Marx, the duty to interpret comes before the duty to change.
Two new books—one on quantum physics, one on Thomas Kuhn—seek to reestablish the authority of reason and evidence.
The focus on Muslim anti-Semitism obscures the real quandary of multiculturalism in Angela Merkel’s Germany.
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