Aug. 12, 2016 | As the purpose of college is reduced to questions of profit and loss, it's time for humanists to embrace a new credo: If we must perish, let us perish resisting... more »

Aug. 11, 2016 | Christopher Logue, a "Catholic atheist," found war to be the only god he could believe in. In the Iliad he found a stoic resignation to bloodshed. He made translating it his life's work... more »

Aug. 10, 2016 | Self-improvement through shocks. Electricity is central to our understanding of religion, philosophy, and love. Ever since the Victorians, we've made ourselves electrical ... more »

Aug. 9, 2016 | Very few of the Nuremberg defendants were mentally diseased. Psychiatry can offer diagnoses, but it reveals little about the problem of human evil ... more »

Aug. 8, 2016 | Yes, Rudyard Kipling was a racist, misogynist, and imperialist. He was also a wonderful writer. To simply dismiss him for his prejudices reveals little but cultural ignorance... more »

Aug. 6, 2016 | To the extent that intellectuals are out of touch with the societies they inhabit, it is because they lose sight of a central fact: They belong to a tiny and bizarre minority... more »

Aug. 5, 2016 | Hieronymus Bosch. We know the painter witnessed a wildfire, married up, and joined an elite religious brotherhood. But where did his real world end and fantasy begin?... more »

Aug. 4, 2016 | What matters is not what you think or do but how you feel. So goes the reigning view of neuroscientists, mindfulness mongers, and other technologists of joy... more »

Aug. 3, 2016 | By the age of 50, Basil Bunting had been a balloon operator, military interpreter, and spy. He'd survived assassination attempts and jail. Then he became a poet... more »

Aug. 2, 2016 | A philosophy of education. Influenced by Hegel and Darwin, John Dewey launched a revolution that overthrew the methods of the day. Hannah Arendt was not pleased... more »

Aug. 1, 2016 | We have a nuanced canon of war literature. Motherhood, however, is missing from our literary and philosophical tradition. That's beginning to change ... more »

July 30, 2016 | To writers, their work amounts to evidence that they've fallen short of their potential. The oeuvre is never satisfied, always taunting, a work in progress until the end ... more »

July 29, 2016 | How to think about anger. Its arguments are weak and pathetic, says Martha Nussbaum, while the voice of generosity is strong as well as beautiful ... more »

July 28, 2016 | Widowed, Patrick Brontë sought a new wife with remarkable crassness and egotism. What, if anything, did his literary daughters learn from him?... more »

July 27, 2016 | Rousseau was a hypocrite for our times. He preached family values but exposed himself to women and was given to compulsive masturbation, though he warned against it in his writings... more »

July 26, 2016 | Libertarians like genre fiction but tend to ignore romance novels. Want to understand the importance of work and free markets? Crack open a bodice-ripper... more »

July 25, 2016 | “Never underestimate the willingness of a man to believe flattering things about himself,” said Paul Samuelson. Just ask a success about luck's role in life... more »

July 23, 2016 | Death is unavoidable and suffering is everywhere, says Julian Baggini. The only debate should be about the nature and extent of our participation. So let's talk about eating meat... more »

July 22, 2016 | What is modernism? How a term that's come to mean so much — as a literary movement, a design aesthetic — has always lacked a clear definition... more »

July 21, 2016 | Art asks for an emotional investment, with the promise of some insight into the human experience. But what if the artist is an algorithm?... more »

July 20, 2016 | Every culture has rules and taboos about food, but moralizing about what we eat is most evident in cultures with a dichotomy between pleasure and virtue... more »

July 19, 2016 | Academics have exhausted topics like Virginia Woolf and democracy. They now study such things as dust, coffee, masturbation, bullshit, and, most fittingly, boredom... more »

July 18, 2016 | Neuroscience marches on, but if it becomes possible to scan and upload your brain, will the result be you? Humans are not brains in vats... more »

July 16, 2016 | The problem with “public intellectual.” The term has lost meaning as conditions have changed. It’s time to re-examine the relationship between thought and action... more »

July 15, 2016 | Tired? Don't blame the supposedly novel demands of modern life. Exhaustion is a timeless experience, as is theorizing about exhaustion... more »

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