Monthly Archives: August 2018

issues in the philosophy of social science

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9Here is the outline of a course I’d like to take–or possibly design and teach some day: What is the social world? Is it, for example, a bunch of human individuals who interact? Perhaps not, since individuals’ … Continue reading

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new special issue of The Good Society on reintegrating facts, values, and strategies (open access)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Newly published–and free without a subscription through November — is The Good Society‘s Special Issue on Reintegrating Facts, Values, Strategies, vol. 26, no. 2-3 (2017). Guest edited by me. Table of Contents Editor’s Note (pp. iii-iv) – Trygve Throntveit Guest … Continue reading

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my self, your self, ourselves

Facebook25 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 25Thesis: I have a vocabulary for describing my own behavior that’s full of words about motives, goals, and principles. “Why did I raise my hand? Because I wanted to answer your question. Why did I give that … Continue reading

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how philosophy is supposed to work

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8(Posted during the Social Ontology 2018 Conference, hosted at Tufts) We live in a positivist culture in which many smart people hold fairly simple views of science and believe that all rigorous thought is scientific. Their objection … Continue reading

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love what you see: Kogonada’s Columbus (2017)

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3Kogonada’s Columbus (2017) is beautifully filmed in Columbus, IN, a small city stocked with distinguished modernist architecture. Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) had a rough adolescence, but in the midst of that turmoil, she started relishing one particular modernist … Continue reading

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civics in the very early grades

Facebook59 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 59I’m far from an expert on civics for young children, but I bump into the subject in various capacities–as an author of the College Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies, which covers grades k-12; … Continue reading

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empathy, sympathy, compassion, justice

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15I’d posit the following definitions: Empathy: Feeling a similar emotion in response to someone else’s emotional state. Your friend is mad at her boss because he treated her unfairly. That makes you mad at her boss. Your … Continue reading

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Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

Facebook35 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 35I’m on vacation and not blogging, but I’m proud to help circulate a major new report from our Institute for Democracy & Higher Education entitled Election Imperatives. It recommends 10 strategies that colleges and universities should implement to … Continue reading

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suing for better civics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(DCA) Robert Pondiscio for the Fordham Institute: Many of us who view ourselves as civic-education advocates spend lots of time writing earnest op-eds and columns, attending conferences, and speaking on panels … Collectively, we have spilled gallons of ink urging states, … Continue reading

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