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Leading Students Into the World

The authority of teachers lies, at least in part, in their ability to set aside judging and to present the world as it is to their students. Posted on 10 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

The First Amendment and Campaign Finance

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, David E. Bernstein argues that Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent in the Campaign Finance Case (McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission) is dangerous. He writes, rightly, that progressives have historically been uneasy with the First Amendment since strong rights are anti-democratic and exert a conservative and limiting impulse on democratic self-government and…Read more The First Amendment and Campaign Finance Posted on 4 April 2014 | 3:14 pm

The Preferential President

There is a fascinating essay over on the Guernica blog, where David Bromwich examines “how Obama became a publicist for his presidency (rather than the president).” In his first term Obama delivered 1,852 separate speeches, comments, or scheduled public remarks and granted 591 interviews. These exceptional numbers, explains Bromwich, were the result of  “magical thinking”…Read more The Preferential President Posted on 12 March 2014 | 11:56 am

Promise and Peril

There is promise and peril in Ukraine. Ukrainians have evicted a corrupt President and embraced democracy. Just today, the Parliament worked towards a new government while citizens listened in on the debates from outside: At the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev Thursday morning, as legislators debated the confirmation of a new temporary government, hundreds of people…Read more Promise and Peril Posted on 27 February 2014 | 2:42 pm

National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism

Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called out President Barack Obama for carrying out a foreign policy based in American exceptionalism. Around the same time conservatives in the GOP argued that President Obama was abandoning American exceptionalism, pushing a secular and even socialist agenda that leads him to apologize for American greatness. According to…Read more National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism Posted on 14 February 2014 | 5:13 pm

Where are the Public Spaces?

What are the public spaces of modern life? This is a central question raised in Hannah Arendt’s work since Arendt insists on the importance of public spaces for the flourishing of the human condition. To be human, Arendt writes, is to be free in public, which means to act and speak in ways that matter…Read more Where are the Public Spaces? Posted on 18 October 2013 | 11:41 am

William Hazlitt on Thinking

“To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.” -William Hazlitt Posted on 15 October 2013 | 12:28 pm

Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence

  “Neither education nor ingenuity nor talent can replace the constituent elements of the public realm, which make it the proper place for human excellence.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition I am proud to attend a college that envisions education as a life devoted to intellectual excellence. I am also proud of the fact that…Read more Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence Posted on 30 September 2013 | 1:32 pm

The Banality of Systems and the Justice of Resistance

Peter Ludlow in the Stone remarks on the generational divide in attitudes towards whistle blowers, leakers, and hackers. According to Time Magazine, “70 percent of those age 18 to 34 sampled in a poll said they believed that Snowden “did a good thing” in leaking the news of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. This…Read more The Banality of Systems and the Justice of Resistance Posted on 20 September 2013 | 2:47 pm

The Courage of Judgment

“Men=earthbound creatures, living in communities, endowed with common sense, sensus communis, a community sense; not autonomous, needing each other’s company even for thinking (“freedom of the pen”)=first part of the Critique of Judgment: aesthetic judgment.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy This fragment from Arendt’s Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy is easy to overlook,…Read more The Courage of Judgment Posted on 20 May 2013 | 1:13 pm