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Spring 2009

Issue 1

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what's in Issue 1.


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Essays

Two Modes of Ideological Mystification

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There are two different modes of ideological mystification which should in no way be confused: the liberal-democratic one and the fascist one. The first concerns […]


The Limits of Liberalism

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The intellectual and political legacy of the modern Enlightenment faces serious challenges today. Only twenty years ago some in the West proclaimed a growing worldwide […]


The Withering of Narcissus

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Like mirrors, our profiles allow us to see ourselves as an outsider might. But lives do not come carved into Facebook’s categories.


The Passion of the Cow

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We meet our meat, a calf with a mutilated eye faces us, and we say: the problem is that people don’t see this.


Here, Now

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It was my life coach who first introduced me to Eckhart Tolle.


Death Is Not the End

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David Foster Wallace, who hanged himself in his home last September, wrote about authenticity, self-consciousness and the pursuit of happiness in America. It became a […]


 

Symposium

Obama: Philosopher-King?

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In hindsight, the Obama campaign was most notable for the passion it excited. After a period in which apathy seemed endemic to prosperous democracies, politics […]


Arendt and the Space of Action

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What is politics for? For getting something done, surely. And what needs to be done seems particularly obvious today. From bridges to banking, America is […]


Self-Conscious Publics

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Every day each of us confronts the question of what politics is for as we interact with our neighbors. I live in the neighborhood of […]


Idealism in Obama’s America

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Cynicism about politics, rampant in the United States for years now, has peculiar features that distinguish it from its siblings in the disillusionment family, such […]


 

Reviews

Gatz

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When we say that the piece transforms our understanding of Fitzgerald’s novel, what are we trying to say? As members of Gatz‘s audience, how do we locate ourselves?


The Female Slacker

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The history of the female slacker is a tragic one; at the last second, pure slackerdom is always compromised for those traditional female virtues: domesticity, popularity, the responsibilities of family and/or work. Which is why we’re still looking for the first legitimate female slacker.


The Creation Museum

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A review on the Museum’s website told me that I ought to visit and “bring a skeptical friend.” I had brought two and now here we were, face-to-face with a dilophosaurus.