Monthly Archives: August 2012

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

As 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 Forums Institute and … Continue reading

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mapping a moral network: Auden in 1939

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 believe that all human … Continue reading

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economic benefits of civic engagement

Last 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 with the National … Continue reading

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Philosophy as a Way of Life (on Pierre Hadot)

Pierre 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 becoming directly acquainted … Continue reading

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how do people actually reason in public?

Considering 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’ paper “Conversational Dynamics … Continue reading

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major new CIRCLE study on non-college youth

Today, 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 study documents the … Continue reading

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Cathy Cohen’s Democracy Remixed

Perspectives 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 they are widely … Continue reading

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what is public philosophy?

Joshua 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 have never really … Continue reading

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notes on Auden’s September 1, 1939

These 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 / On Fifty-second … Continue reading

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patenting smart water?

In 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 group visited a … Continue reading

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