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Off the Wave

Justin E. H. Smith is a professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris. In addition to his recent book, Irrationality:…

 

What Was Possible

Tariq Goddard is an English writer and publisher. Along with the late cultural theorist Mark Fisher (1968-2017) and others, he launched Zero Books in 2009,…

 

Democracy’s Midlife Crisis

David Runciman is head of the department of politics and international studies at Cambridge University and host of the popular podcast Talking Politics. Danielle Charette…

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Dictionary

 

The Crisis of Language Project

alt right: i) right-wing racists who use leftist rhetoric. ii) establishment.

 

The (Updated) Dictionary of Received Ideas

Classics, the: force of oppression. Know enough to despise ~: “Plato was an authoritarian.” “Aristotle condoned slavery.”

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Further Materials

 

Intellectuals in Crisis

Intellectual Ex-Radicals and World Reaction: The Crisis of the Disillusioned Fellow-Travelers of Bolshevism Is Not the Same as a “Crisis of Marxism” (Trotsky 1939) The Intellectual:…

 

Muellerisms

The following is a collection of statements published in the New York Times about Robert S. Mueller, from 2001 to today.

 

Comedy Studies

The following are actual titles of papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

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Letter

 

On Choosing Life

It’s reasonable to wonder whether it’s fair to bring children into a deteriorating world, and yet it’s nevertheless hard to shake the suspicion that, for…

 

On Left Straussianism

Nobody shares all their private complaints with an audience, but how do we know how much to share and with whom? Certainly, in the name…

 

Letter on Denialism

In November, Politico published a profile of Claire Lehmann, the founder of the web magazine Quillette, which it hailed as the “unofficial digest” of the intellectual…

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Remarks

 

Limited Time

INTRODUCTION The subtitle of Martin Hägglund’s new book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, indicates its ambition. In the first half of This Life,…

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Slush Pile

 

The Life of the Mind

By some indicators we are entering a new Dark Age: anti-intellectual fervor is raging, suspicion of experts is at an all-time high and appeals to…

 

Endgame

Finally, in Samuel Beckett, we have our poet-laureate of climate change.

 

Democracy in America

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America arrives at an auspicious time. The French sociologist came initially to America to prepare a report on criminal justice,…

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Survey

 

Being a Kid

What do you think is the best part of being a kid?

 

Working with the Earth

This fall and winter we invited people who work with the land—farmers, ranchers, foresters, ecologists and others—to tell us what they think the earth is…

 

Living in Prison

This summer, in partnership with Chicago Books to Women in Prison, we distributed a short survey to incarcerated women across the country, inviting them to…

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