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The Higher Education Bubble? Not So Fast.

We have a higher education bubble. The combination of unsustainable debt loads on young people and the advent of technological alternatives is clearly set to upend the staid and often sclerotic world of higher education. In this month’s The American Interest, Nathan Hardin—the author of Sex & God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a…Read more The Higher Education Bubble? Not So Fast. Posted on 23 January 2013 | 10:43 am

Vain, Like a Butterfly

“Everything that is appears; everything that appears disappears; everything that is alive has an urge to appear; this urge is called vanity; since there is no urge to disappear and disappearance is the law of appearance, the urge, called vanity, is in vain.‘Vanitas vanitatum vanitas’—all is vanity, all is in vain.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, 796…Read more Vain, Like a Butterfly Posted on 10 September 2012 | 11:40 am

Teaching, Time, & the Research University

My post on the proposed cuts to political science funding has drawn many comments. The political science community has mobilized strongly, sending out emails emphasizing the fact that Congressman Flake’s cuts do not actually cut any money from the NSF budget, but just  from political science, thus in effect redirecting it to other disciplines. Steven…Read more Teaching, Time, & the Research University Posted on 20 May 2012 | 3:57 pm

Is College Worth It?

Student debt is suddenly spurring the once unthinkable debate: Is college necessary? Of course the answer is no. But who needs it and who should pay for it are complicated questions. Arendt herself had an ambivalent relationship to academic culture. She never held a tenure-track job in the academy and she remained suspicious of intellectuals…Read more Is College Worth It? Posted on 17 May 2012 | 3:08 pm

Human Mystery

Professor Stevens response to my post on genetically choosing traits in our offspring suggests that I, and Arendtians (whatever such a thing may be) think “technology is inimical to nature, and therefore undesirable.” He diagnoses a fear of technology, and, it seems, a nostalgia for a pre-technological age. In the thinking of Arendt and her followers,…Read more Human Mystery Posted on 3 August 2010 | 10:31 pm