Monthly Archives: October 2015

bottom-up struggles against corruption: a frontier of democracy

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(En route to Storrs, CT) Corruption is no minor issue, nor is it mainly a concern for fastidious bourgeois reformers in rich countries. Consider, just for instance, that one quarter of India’s teachers are missing from school … Continue reading

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The House of Atreus: A Play

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18Agamemnon is like: I can’t believe we’re still stuck in this place. I am totally tired of waiting around for wind. I’m going to sacrifice my youngest kid to Artemis. Tell her it’s her wedding, she can … Continue reading

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creative options for the next House Speaker

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11Turmoil in the US House has provoked a remarkable variety of creative proposals, which I’ll list in descending order of likelihood. In reviewing this list, keep in mind that the Speaker is elected by the entire House and need not be … Continue reading

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the big divisions of academic work

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I constantly see evidence that people are confused about phrases like “the liberal arts,” the “arts & sciences,” and “the humanities.”  Although some of my definitions may be controversial, I thought a lexicon might be helpful: The liberal … Continue reading

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3010 blog posts

Facebook89 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 89I just realized that this blog recently inched past 3,000 posts. Today’s post is the 3011th since I began in January 2003. For more than 10 years, I posted absolutely every work day. Of late I’ve begun … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders runs on the 1948 Democratic Party Platform

Facebook314 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 314One gap between liberals and conservatives is their sense of the direction the country has recently taken. Each side perceives a nation that has abandoned valuable principles that were prevalent in the past. Sometimes, both sides’ perceptions are exaggerated. For … Continue reading

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on philosophy as a way of life

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12(San Antonio, TX) Here I briefly introduce schools of thought–Indian and European–that have combined introspective mental exercises with reasoning about moral principles and critical analysis of social systems. I contrast their integrated approach to forms of philosophy … Continue reading

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Danielle Allen at Tufts on Oct. 21

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12All are welcome to two talks with the excellent Danielle Allen, the new director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and professor in the Department of Government and Graduate School of Education, Harvard University Tisch … Continue reading

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measures of Critical Consciousness

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11New on the CIRCLE website is a guest post on Critical Consciousness Impact Measures. As the authors (Matthew Diemer, Ellen Hawley McWhirter, Emily J. Ozer, and Luke Rapa) explain, Critical Consciousness “refers to marginalized or oppressed people’s critical reflection on oppressive … Continue reading

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