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Camila Vergara

Much maligned as a mere tactician of power, Machiavelli was in fact a philosopher of the people. His critique of oligarchic domination remains essential today.

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Agnes Callard

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.

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Carlos Fraenkel

A new book suggests that modern readers can still follow the path of reason that Spinoza traced to true well-being, but they might not want to.

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Chiara Cordelli

Many reject privatization for its distributional consequences. The deeper problem is that it threatens the very foundation of political legitimacy.

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Robin Dembroff Dee Payton

Unlike gender inequality, racial inequality primarily accumulates across generations. Transracial identification undermines collective reckoning with that injustice.

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Vivian Gornick

Simone de Beauvoir’s relationship with her readers was a mutually demanding collaboration.

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Charles H. Clavey

The Frankfurt School on the appeal of authoritarianism—and how to counteract it.

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An interview with Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin on the climate crisis, COVID-19, and the future of environmental politics. 

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John Merrick

Pestilence and plague have often prompted waves of apocalyptic thinking, calling into question the steady march of progress in human history.

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David Konstan

Anger’s history—along with the very fact that it has one—can shed light on the hypertrophied emotional climate of today.

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