Monthly Archives: August 2015

is social science too anthropocentric?

Facebook28 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 28Consider these statements: “A group just is the people who make it up.” “If a group can be said to have intentions at all, its intentions must somehow be the intentions of its members.” Or: “When a … Continue reading

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the Millennials and politics

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11The summer 2015 edition of Extensions, a journal from University of Oklahoma that has good reach on Capitol Hill, is devoted to “The Millennials.” The main scholarly pieces are by me (“Talking About this Generation: The Millennials … Continue reading

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although Millennials are most numerous, youth share is shrinking

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12Richard Fry of the Pew Research Center reports, “This year, the ‘Millennial’ generation is projected to surpass the outsized Baby Boom generation as the nation’s largest living generation, according to the population projections released by the U.S. … Continue reading

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on Hillary Clinton and Julius Jones of #blacklivesmatter

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The taped discussion between Hillary Clinton and Julius Jones of Black Lives Matter is a rich and fascinating document (full transcript here). Jones begins by telling HRC, “You and your  family have been personally and politically responsible for policies that … Continue reading

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debating the continued importance of institutions

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12Back in June, at the Boston Civic Media conference, I was part of a panel with Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, Christine Gaspar, director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and Doris Sommer, professor and … Continue reading

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on the proper use of moral clichés

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In Joseph Roth’s finely wrought novel The Redetsky March (1932), a simple and good-hearted peasant orderly tries to make a huge financial sacrifice to help his boss, Lieutenant Trotta. The feckless Trotta is badly in debt, and … Continue reading

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liberals, conservatives, and love of the Constitution

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Reverence for our written Constitution is a highly unusual feature of the political culture of the USA, sometimes verging on a civic religion. Teaching students to hold the Constitution in high regard is also an unusually prominent … Continue reading

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blogging lightly this week …

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0… because I am taking some time off and also because traffic to the blog is low in mid-August, as in past years.

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latest thoughts on animal rights and welfare

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6When we stand to affect another person or animal, at least four moral considerations seem potentially relevant: The creature’s suffering or distress versus its happiness, contentment, or satisfaction. The creature’s sense of meaning, purpose, and agency. The … Continue reading

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on vacation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I like to post every work day (this is post # 2,978 since 2003), but I will be on vacation and trying to be off digital media until August 17.

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