Monthly Archives: August 2012

shaping our future: how can higher education help us create the future we want

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As we head away for a long weekend, I share the invitation below. Participants at our Frontiers of Democracy II conference deliberated about the role of higher education using an issue guide created by the National Issues … Continue reading

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mapping a moral network: Auden in 1939

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 We can think of a person’s moral mentality as a network. The nodes are ideas or values; the links are various kinds of connections among the ideas: implications, explanations, influences, and meaningful tensions. For instance, I … Continue reading

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economic benefits of civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last year, CIRCLE and partners released a study showing that US communities that had stronger “civic health” were better able to withstand the effects of the recent recession. Since then, my colleagues and I have been working … Continue reading

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Philosophy as a Way of Life (on Pierre Hadot)

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Pierre Hadot (1922-2010) was a careful empirical scholar of ancient thought and a clear and modest writer, yet he defended a conception of philosophy that was exciting enough to attract the enthusiastic support of Michel Foucault. I’m … Continue reading

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how do people actually reason in public?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Considering the vast literature on public deliberation and deliberative democracy, there’s surprisingly little research on how people actually reason when they meet in groups to discuss public issues. I was delighted, therefore, to read Brian E. Adams’ … Continue reading

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major new CIRCLE study on non-college youth

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today, CIRCLE released our study entitled “That’s Not Democracy. How Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Way.” It’s really the fruit of several years’ work, including focus groups and survey analysis. The … Continue reading

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Cathy Cohen’s Democracy Remixed

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Perspectives on Politics (vol. 10, no 3, Sept. 2012) includes a symposium on Cathy J. Cohen’s book, Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics. Cohen studies young African Americans’ political thinking at a time when … Continue reading

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what is public philosophy?

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2Joshua Miller has an interesting blog post on the definition of “public philosophy.” Although I hold a philosophy PhD and spend all my time thinking about civic engagement, public scholarship, the engaged university, and related topics, I … Continue reading

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notes on Auden’s September 1, 1939

Facebook29 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 29These are notes on W.H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939,” a poem that can be read in full here. (My notes on several other poems are collected here.) The poem begins, “I sit in one of the dives … Continue reading

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patenting smart water?

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3In a New York Times op-ed today, Charles Fishman argues that we should use the current severe drought to improve how we manage and distribute water, potentially achieving vast efficiencies. When I was in Israel recently, my … Continue reading

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