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Pankaj Mishra: A Mutiny Against Modernizing Elites Has Erupted In The West

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 02.27.2017 | Home

Pankaj Mishra is an Indian writer and historian. Among his many books are An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World and From the Ruins of Empire. H...

The Value, Courage, and Freedom of Pluralism

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Noam Schimmel

Timothy Garton Ash recently reflected on Isaiah Berlin and his commitment to value pluralism in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an articled title...

The Meaning of Compromise

Michael Jinkins | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

Maybe we are simply too arrogant and self-centered to believe that the questions we pose have lots of right answers instead of the ones we have come up with, that problems have lots of good solutions even if they cause us some other problems.

Wanting to Preserve Your Way of Life Does Not Make You Racist or Fascist

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Nathan Gardels

I have been trying to find the language to express my discomfort with the presumption that anyone who does not welcome very large numbers of refugees into Europe with widely opened arms is somehow resurrecting the ghost of Hitler. Or the right language to express the proscribed thought that those in Eastern Europe who want to settle only Christian refugees might have appropriate reservations about the very real difficulties of integrating very different cultural and religious practices into their distinct way of life.

The Jewish Practice No One Knows About

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

People who have converted to Judaism often tell me about holiday overload. They go from celebrating a handful of holidays to almost a dozen. Yet, above and beyond the holidays we have certain practices, one of which I did not learn about until rabbinical school.

What Isaiah Berlin Taught Me

Charles Kolb | Posted 01.18.2015 | Home
Charles Kolb

My girlfriend didn't want to go. I had received an invitation for a lecture on "Oxford in the '30s" to be given by Sir Isaiah Berlin in the spring of 1974 at Balliol College's Holywell Manor.

The Sufferings of Young Everyman

Francis Levy | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

When you read about the lives of great thinkers and artists, one is forced to note that the human factor is the one thing that is often missing.

Teaching John Stuart Mill in Iran: A Conversation With Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home
Danny Postel

His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.

Outfoxing Hedgehogs

Michael Jinkins | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

We don't have to treat matters of faith dully in order to preserve the complexities, let alone the mysteries, of faith and life. And we certainly don't have to dumb-down our presentation of the Gospel and of the Gospel's intersections with life in order to stimulate the interest of our audiences.

Both Sides: Are We All Pre-wired Left or Right? Do Beliefs Precede Facts?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgArianna and Kellyanne Conway discuss Jonathan Haidt's new book, which argues that "righteousness" precedes self-righteousness. Through that lens, the women debate their different views of the Trayvon shooting and "War on Women".

Higher Standards, Lower Stakes

David Bloomfield | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
David Bloomfield

Teachers need to be freed from short-term accountability and evaluative calculations riddled with error. Principals should be able to make decisions without worrying about their marginal impact on meaningless distinctions between data points.

Why America Is Deeply In Need Of A Good Hedgehog

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Right now, with the country in crisis mode, the American people sense that our problems can't be solved by foxy spinning, triangulating, slicing and dicing, and tinkering at the edges. They are longing for a hedgehog at the helm, with an "unchanging, all embracing... unitary inner vision."

The Tyranny of Ideology

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

BerlinHere is one of the best lectures of all time. It should be required listening for anyone interested in better understanding the world - or tryi...

You Can Pry My New York Times from My Cold, Dead Hands

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Klein

Nine out of ten pundits agree (well, me and eight of my friends) that no matter what you do for a living, reading the newspaper every day will help you do it better.