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All utopias are not progressive, and progressive <strong>utopias</strong> are not liberal. Indeed, as close as liberalism gets to utopia is a society flawed, like our own, but less cruel

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 19:36
All utopias are not progressive, and progressive utopias are not liberal. Indeed, as close as liberalism gets to utopia is a society flawed, like our own, but less cruel

If art can do harm -- and it can -- it can also do good. If it&rsquo;s beautiful enough or moving enough or original enough, maybe it can even atone for the <strong>sins of the artist</strong>

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 19:36
If art can do harm -- and it can -- it can also do good. If it’s beautiful enough or moving enough or original enough, maybe it can even atone for the sins of the artist

Welcome to the <strong>David Foster Wallace Conference</strong>, where &ldquo;DFDubs&rdquo; was, by turns, venerated and exhaustively flayed for being a misogynist

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 19:08
Welcome to the David Foster Wallace Conference, where “DFDubs” was, by turns, venerated and exhaustively flayed for being a misogynist

Handsome, smart, and devious, <strong>George Villiers</strong> ascended in King James I&rsquo;s court. But his rise ended with sexual shenanigans and, it seems, murder

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 19:08
Handsome, smart, and devious, George Villiers ascended in King James I’s court. But his rise ended with sexual shenanigans and, it seems, murder

<strong>Charles Mills</strong> is sensitive to the weaknesses and limitations of liberal political theory. His critique is a reckoning, and an effort to save liberalism

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 19:08
Charles Mills is sensitive to the weaknesses and limitations of liberal political theory. His critique is a reckoning, and an effort to save liberalism

Long before the invention of modern recording technology, scholars captured the music of Ukrainian Jewry. It is the <strong>sound of a vanished world</strong>&nbsp;

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:14
Long before the invention of modern recording technology, scholars captured the music of Ukrainian Jewry. It is the sound of a vanished world 

<strong>Judith Shklar</strong> was a pessimist in an era of triumphalism. At odds with the political philosophy of her own time, her ideas are finally resonating

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:14
Judith Shklar was a pessimist in an era of triumphalism. At odds with the political philosophy of her own time, her ideas are finally resonating

Diogenes Laertius may have been a flaming mediocrity, but he deserves our admiration: He's our best source on <strong>ancient philosophy&nbsp;</strong>

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:14
Diogenes Laertius may have been a flaming mediocrity, but he deserves our admiration: He's our best source on ancient philosophy 

The <strong>intellectual hucksterism</strong> of AlienCon. Thousands gather to learn about iridology, divine muscle testing, and ancient astronaut theory &mdash; for a price, of course

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 19:01
The intellectual hucksterism of AlienCon. Thousands gather to learn about iridology, divine muscle testing, and ancient astronaut theory — for a price, of course

The prestige of books has declined. But that hasn't dimmed tyrants' longtime desire to <strong>collect their dull thoughts</strong> between two covers

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 19:01
The prestige of books has declined. But that hasn't dimmed tyrants' longtime desire to collect their dull thoughts between two covers

An unfortunate side effect of democracy is that it incentivizes ignorance, irrationality, and tribalism. So says Jason Brennan. He has a cure: <strong>epistocracy</strong>

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 19:01
An unfortunate side effect of democracy is that it incentivizes ignorance, irrationality, and tribalism. So says Jason Brennan. He has a cure: epistocracy

<strong><em>Wuthering Heights</em> </strong>makes too much noise and not enough sense. But what&rsquo;s significant about the novel is the fact that it exists at all

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 18:39
Wuthering Heights makes too much noise and not enough sense. But what’s significant about the novel is the fact that it exists at all

Time is typically experienced as linear, uniform, and homogeneous. One <strong>appeal of books</strong> is that they function as time machines

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 18:39
Time is typically experienced as linear, uniform, and homogeneous. One appeal of books is that they function as time machines

Extremism is too often seen as a foreign threat &mdash; an infection from an alien civilization. As <strong>Hannah Arendt</strong> knew, it grows out of a local problem: loneliness

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 18:39
Extremism is too often seen as a foreign threat — an infection from an alien civilization. As Hannah Arendt knew, it grows out of a local problem: loneliness

Aristotle wrote an essay, &ldquo;On Sleep and Sleeplessness,&rdquo; wondering how and <strong>why we sleep</strong>. Maybe the real wonder is why we bother to stay awake

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:34
Aristotle wrote an essay, “On Sleep and Sleeplessness,” wondering how and why we sleep. Maybe the real wonder is why we bother to stay awake

&ldquo;Bitching Aplenty&rdquo; could have been the title of <strong>Seymour Hersh's memoir</strong>. His antics wouldn't be tolerated today. Has journalism deprived itself of genius by depriving itself of depravity?

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:34
“Bitching Aplenty” could have been the title of Seymour Hersh's memoir. His antics wouldn't be tolerated today. Has journalism deprived itself of genius by depriving itself of depravity?

<strong>What is it like to be a man</strong>? We talk plenty about masculinity, but the topic resists straightforward discussion &mdash; even as men suck the air from every other conversation

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:34
What is it like to be a man? We talk plenty about masculinity, but the topic resists straightforward discussion — even as men suck the air from every other conversation

The "<strong>intellectual dark web</strong>" is many things: crusade against political correctness, revolt against conventional beliefs, check on the illiberal left. One thing it is not: new

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:04
The "intellectual dark web" is many things: crusade against political correctness, revolt against conventional beliefs, check on the illiberal left. One thing it is not: new

The "<strong>problem of thinking</strong>" is a matter of overcoming discomfort, not biases. Thinking deeply is exhausting, and we instinctively avoid ideas that complicate our lives&nbsp;

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:04
The "problem of thinking" is a matter of overcoming discomfort, not biases. Thinking deeply is exhausting, and we instinctively avoid ideas that complicate our lives 

How is it that the <strong>gray mush inside our skulls</strong> can produce "hopes, fears, and dreams"? It's the sort of question that animates a lot of useless agonizing

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:04
How is it that the gray mush inside our skulls can produce "hopes, fears, and dreams"? It's the sort of question that animates a lot of useless agonizing