A Political and Literary Forum
Philosopher Karl Popper famously asked how to tell the two apart. His answer—falsifiability—hasn’t aged well, but the effort lives on.
Michael D. Gordin
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.
Remembering James H. Cone.
Noam Chomsky and Hilary Putnam on how language connects us to the world.
Tocqueville warned us about democratic fatalism. But as Steven Pinker’s new book shows, fatalism is a permanent feature of modern politics.
The philosopher Herbert Marcuse saw machines as our greatest hope for real liberty. But in Trump’s America, automation feels more totalitarian than ever.
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