Monthly Archives: September 2011

Good Society special issue on Elinor Ostrom

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3The Good Society has published a special symposium issue on the work of Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School, which includes Lin’s husband Vincent Ostrom and their many colleagues and students. All study common property regimes, institutional design, the … Continue reading

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morality as a network (revisited)

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3(Syracuse, NY for a conference on Self among Selves: Emotion and the Common Life) Each of us holds many moral propositions. Some are abstract and general, like “Every person has equal moral worth.” Some look like rules or commands: … Continue reading

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because something is important, it doesn’t follow that we should require everyone to study it

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5 According to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history. … Thirty-five states [get] an F because their standards require little or no mention of the movement, … Continue reading

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does naturalism make room for the humanities?

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4On the New York Times “The Stone” blog (contributed by philosophers), the Duke philosopher Alex Rosenberg wrote recently that he is a naturalist. He explained, “Naturalism is the philosophical theory that treats science as our most reliable source of … Continue reading

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why we are choosing to abolish the jury system

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4According to Richard Oppel in today’s New York Times, just one in 40 felony cases goes to trial, down from one in twelve in the 1970s. Mandatory sentencing laws have given prosecutors the ability to threaten long prison terms … Continue reading

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more information, less trust

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4I have argued here that experts and policymakers think of accountability in terms of information, whereas citizens think of it in terms of relationships. Giving people more information about things like public employees’ salaries, students’ test scores, or federal … Continue reading

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the future of classics

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2(in Washington, DC) Just as maiden, standing on the shore of the ocean, follows with tearful eyes her departed lover with no hope of ever seeing him again, and fancies that in that distant sail she sees the image … Continue reading

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great new jobs in civic engagement

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4Jobs are scarce, but there are at least a few excellent openings in civic engagement: The Campaign for Stronger Democracy–a broad coalition that extends from voting reform to deliberative democracy–is looking for an executive director. The Democracy Commitment, a … Continue reading

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a panel on civic education

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3This National Conference on Citizenship’s “Civic Innovators Forum” was held in Philadelphia on September 15, 2011. It was co-sponsored by the Case Foundation and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and held at the National Constitution Center. This video presents … Continue reading

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rebirth without metaphysics

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13Death, according to Martin Heidegger, was a fundamental fact about human existence. Life was movement through time toward an end. Birth, for Heidegger’s critical ex-student Hannah Arendt, was the fundamental fact about human beings as moral or political creatures. … Continue reading

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