Category Archives: civic theory

two approaches to social capital: Bourdieu vs. the American literature

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6The phrase “social capital” is used in (at least) two very different senses and discussions. One is an Anglophone discussion among social scientists who seem generally comfortable with a liberal market order. Important participants include James Coleman, … Continue reading

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why learn game theory? (a lesson plan that includes a game)

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23You may or may not be interested in games: playing them, designing them, or analyzing them with the tools of game theory. It is certainly understandable if games are not your thing. However, I believe that everyone … Continue reading

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nonviolent civic work under conditions of extreme violence

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19My Tufts colleague Anjuli N. Fahlberg, a sociologist, has done extraordinary work in Rio de Janeiro’s City of God. Despite a staggering level of violence in that neighborhood, the residents have created a wide array of impressive … Continue reading

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churchgoing and Trump

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13The Democracy Fund’s Voter Study Group has released an important new paper by Emily Ekins entitled, “Religious Trump Voters: How Faith Moderates Attitudes about Immigration, Race, and Identity.” Ekins notes that Trump performed best in the 2016 … Continue reading

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undergraduate Introduction to Civic Studies Course

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19 PHIL-0020-01-Intro to Civic Studies at Tufts University (Fall 2018) Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Professor of Political Science Erin I. Kelly, Professor of Philosophy Peter Levine, Lincoln-Filene Professor and Academic Dean, Tisch College Civic Studies is an interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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from classical liberalism to a civic perspective

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24Earlier this summer, I was in the van Mises Room in the Friedrich von Hayek Program in the James Buchanan Building at George Mason University, talking about my intellectual hero, Elinor Ostrom, who learned a great deal … 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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civility: not too much, not too little

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is the summer for critiques of civility as a virtue or goal. See, for instance, the Color of Change video entitled “Civility Will Not Save Us,” or Tavia Nyong’o’s and Kyla Wazana Tompkins’ argument that “the accusation of incivility … Continue reading

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civic education that is less about the state

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We are completing the tenth (!) annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies, which revolves around the three schools of civic theory outlined below. (Each “school” encompasses diverse views and criticisms.) Today we talked about what these theories … Continue reading

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social justice from the citizen’s perspective

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16I believe that each of us is responsible for forming a view–even if it’s tentative and evolving–of social justice. This is our theory of how rights, goods, and powers should be distributed in our society and who … Continue reading

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