Monthly Archives: March 2019

call for papers: Civic Politics and Global Order

Facebook54 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 55“Civic Politics and Global Order”: A Special Issue of The Good Society: A Journal Of Civic Studies More than a century ago, US President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare a state of war with Germany—a radical … Continue reading

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Empathy and Justice

Facebook30 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 31My remarks at a conference entitled “Empathy …. or Ways of Caring,” Harvard Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, March 15, 2019. (Apologies for some cutting and pasting from previous posts.) Doris Sommer mentioned that Barack Obama … Continue reading

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what sustains free speech?

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14My remarks last week at a small conference on “Tolerance, Citizenship, and the Open Society” at the Tisch College of Civic Life … We human beings did not evolve to take a broad view of justice, to … Continue reading

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Trump and Putin: the ideological angle

Facebook31 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 32I think my working theory of Trump and the Russians (from June 2017) remains pretty consistent with what we now know. But the part of the story that has been mostly submerged concerns the ideological affinities between … Continue reading

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scholarship on engaged scholarship

Facebook11 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 12We are accepting application for the APSA Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER) at Tisch College until March 31. In preparation for the Institute, I am looking for good writing about civically engaged research that is relevant … Continue reading

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School and Society in the Age of Trump

Facebook10 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 11John Rogers and the research team of Michael Ishimoto, Alexander Kwako, Anthony Berryman, and Claudia Diera have produced a landmark study entitled “School and Society in the Age of Trump,” based on their survey of 505 high … Continue reading

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how to think about other people’s interests: Rawls, Buddhism, and empathy

Facebook18 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 19Last week, my colleague Erin Kelly and I taught excerpts from John Rawls’ Theory of Justice along with Emily McRae’s chapter, “Empathy, Compassion, and ‘Exchanging Self and Other’ in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism,” from the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy … Continue reading

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Civic Education: Is There Common Ground?

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 9 [The video just plays the introduction. Here is a link to all the separate talks.] This is the video from a panel at the American Federation of Teachers’ Albert Shanker Institute on Wednesday. The panelists are: … Continue reading

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conservatism as gratitude or humility?

Facebook6 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 8(DCA) Yuval Levin offers this definition (h/t Robert Pondiscio): To my mind, conservatism is gratitude. Conservatives tend to begin from gratitude for what is good and what works in our society and then strive to build on … Continue reading

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“Empathy” is a new word. Do we need it?

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5According to the OED, “empathy” entered the English language in 1895 to mean “a physiological brain-function”–specifically, “a form of psychophysical energy” in the nervous system–that correlated with a feeling. This meaning is now obsolete, because the underlying … Continue reading

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