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Symposium

Every issue has one section dedicated to a particular question. Collecting responses from a range of perspectives, these symposia prompt us to think about the values and ideas that shape our most urgent cultural and personal decisions.

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Spring 2009

 

Obama: Philosopher-King?

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

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

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

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…