Monthly Archives: September 2011

Good Society special issue on Elinor Ostrom

The Good Society has published a special symposium issue on the work of Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School, which includes Lin’s husband Vincent Ostrom and their many colleagues and students. All study common property regimes, institutional design, the conditions … Continue reading

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morality as a network (revisited)

(Syracuse, NY for a conference on Self among Selves: Emotion and the Common Life) Each of us holds many moral propositions. Some are abstract and general, like “Every person has equal moral worth.” Some look like rules or commands: “Do … Continue reading

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because something is important, it doesn’t follow that we should require everyone to study it

According to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history. … Thirty-five states [get] an F because their standards require little or no mention of the movement, [the report] … Continue reading

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does naturalism make room for the humanities?

On the New York Times “The Stone” blog (contributed by philosophers), the Duke philosopher Alex Rosenberg wrote recently that he is a naturalist. He explained, “Naturalism is the philosophical theory that treats science as our most reliable source of knowledge … Continue reading

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why we are choosing to abolish the jury system

According to Richard Oppel in today’s New York Times, just one in 40 felony cases goes to trial, down from one in twelve in the 1970s. Mandatory sentencing laws have given prosecutors the ability to threaten long prison terms that … Continue reading

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more information, less trust

I have argued here that experts and policymakers think of accountability in terms of information, whereas citizens think of it in terms of relationships. Giving people more information about things like public employees’ salaries, students’ test scores, or federal spending … Continue reading

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the future of classics

(in Washington, DC) Just as maiden, standing on the shore of the ocean, follows with tearful eyes her departed lover with no hope of ever seeing him again, and fancies that in that distant sail she sees the image of … Continue reading

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great new jobs in civic engagement

Jobs are scarce, but there are at least a few excellent openings in civic engagement: The Campaign for Stronger Democracy–a broad coalition that extends from voting reform to deliberative democracy–is looking for an executive director. The Democracy Commitment, a coalition … Continue reading

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a panel on civic education

This National Conference on Citizenship’s “Civic Innovators Forum” was held in Philadelphia on September 15, 2011. It was co-sponsored by the Case Foundation and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and held at the National Constitution Center. This video presents the … Continue reading

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rebirth without metaphysics

Death, according to Martin Heidegger, was a fundamental fact about human existence. Life was movement through time toward an end. Birth, for Heidegger’s critical ex-student Hannah Arendt, was the fundamental fact about human beings as moral or political creatures. At … Continue reading

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