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how to think about other people’s interests: Rawls, Buddhism, and empathy

Facebook5 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 6Last week, my colleague Erin Kelly and I taught excerpts from John Rawls’ Theory of Justice along with Emily McRae’s chapter, “Empathy, Compassion, and ‘Exchanging Self and Other’ in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism,” from the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy … Continue reading

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conservatism as gratitude or humility?

Facebook6 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 8(DCA) Yuval Levin offers this definition (h/t Robert Pondiscio): To my mind, conservatism is gratitude. Conservatives tend to begin from gratitude for what is good and what works in our society and then strive to build on … Continue reading

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“Empathy” is a new word. Do we need it?

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5According to the OED, “empathy” entered the English language in 1895 to mean “a physiological brain-function”–specifically, “a form of psychophysical energy” in the nervous system–that correlated with a feeling. This meaning is now obsolete, because the underlying … Continue reading

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tangled beauty

Facebook23 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 24Let us be glad for tangled things–   For soiled fingers raking thick-stemmed grass;     For matted fur on long, warm ears; Or child’s hair idly twisted in rings.   A thatch of ganglia fires in the brain’s wet … Continue reading

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a better approach to coalition politics

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Sometimes people view coalitions instrumentally and transactionally. You know what you believe, but unfortunately you don’t (yet) have enough support, or seats, or votes, or dollars to get what you want, so you must join with other … Continue reading

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will the Democrats keep talking to their young voters?

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10According to CIRCLE’s latest analysis of its own survey data, young people who were contacted by candidates and parties in the 2018 election cycle were much more likely to vote. Some of this is probably selection-bias: campaigns … Continue reading

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approaching deadlines for summer opportunities at Tisch College

Facebook23 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 24March 31 is the application deadline for three opportunities: 1. The Summer Institute of Civic Studies The Summer Institute of Civic Studies is an intensive, selective, interdisciplinary seminar that brings together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners … Continue reading

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the Historovox

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10Corey Robin’s essay, “Why Has It Taken Us So Long to See Trump’s Weakness?,” is mainly interesting as an argument about trends in reporting. Robin criticizes a new genre of journalism that forgoes the pedestrian task of … Continue reading

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a civic approach to free speech

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I argued in a recent post that libertarians, social democrats, American liberals, and most US Constitutional scholars share a sharp distinction between the state and the private sector–but this distinction does not reflect our actual experience of … Continue reading

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what is Civic Science?

Facebook46 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 49At Tisch College, we have a Civic Science initiative, which has roots in an NSF-funded effort under the same name. Here is my own personal working definition of “Civic Science.” The word “science” in this phrase is … Continue reading

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