Monthly Archives: September 2016

credentials for specific skills and their implications for liberal education

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15Potential employers of young workers tend to value degrees (high school and college), courses, majors and grades, and previous jobs. Those are all experiences that a person completes, rather than direct evidence of one’s capacity to do a given task. In a … Continue reading

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two kinds of populism

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18Last May, at a campaign rally, Donald Trump said, “the only important thing is the unification of the people – because the other people don’t mean anything.” Jan-Werner Müller quotes that phrase both in his book What is … Continue reading

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join us at the National Conference on Citizenship, Oct 13-14

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17The National Conference on Citizenship is always an important gathering of Americans who strive to improve our nation’s civic life. This year, the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University is an equal partner in sponsoring … Continue reading

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information, news, and meaning

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10Walter Benjamin was a radical social theorist in the high Continental tradition. John Dewey was an American pragmatist and a democrat. T.S. Eliot was a political reactionary. Despite their differences, they lived around the same time and sometimes made a … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Facts, Values, and Strategies in Citizen Politics

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20Tufts’ University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and the journal The Good Society seek proposals for papers to be presented at a conference at Tufts on May 18, 2017 and then published in The Good Society as part … Continue reading

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my Introduction to Philosophy seminar

Facebook53 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 53I will be teaching Intro to Philosophy at Tufts this semester, starting tomorrow. This course can be taught in several different ways: for instance, with a chronological sequence of major works, with a focus on one large … Continue reading

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why some forms of advantage are more stubborn than others

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23Let’s make these assumptions: All the slots in a desirable institution are held by white men, most of whom are wealthy, and none of whom are out as gay. That would (for instance) be a rough description of the … Continue reading

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