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Western Civilization

In Defense of Western Civilization

Richard Finger | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Richard Finger

Last month, undergraduates at Stanford University resoundingly beat back a proposal to return, after a near three decade absence, the study of Western...

Like the Biblical Adam, I've Been Invited to Name Things

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Western culture has a long tradition of labeling things, categorizing things. The Greeks did it. And the biblical Adam did it when God invited him to ...

On the Anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre: A State of Intellectual Emergency

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What is enlightenment, who wishes to share it, and how shall we defend it? That was Kant's question, and it is the question of our dark new age.

Rewriting the Human Story

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Oh, sacred planet. The terror of climate crisis is a long time in the making. As I read about the mass mobilization forming around the upcoming U.N. climate change convention, which is likely to accomplish far too little, I feel a desperate impatience, a tearing at my soul.

National Security and the 2016 Election

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Like it or not, the 2016 presidential election will be about national security. And most Americans and most voters will be very fearful of the threat that the Islamic State represents and confused about how we should respond. The Islamic State is a true threat, and one that presents difficult if not impossible choices.

The Entire History Of Western Civilization... In 5 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.07.2014 | Technology

If you could compress 2,600 years of cultural history into one moment, it'd look something like this. The stunning visualization created by Maximil...

Noam Chomsky Continues to Inspire

Jeff Cohen | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

I saw Noam Chomsky as my mentor -- way before we ever met. When I was in college in the late 1960s/early '70s, he was already a guiding light for me, an exemplar of how those with privilege and principles should live our lives.

Kickstart the Greek Economy

Emmett Rensin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Comedy
Emmett Rensin

Note: This is part two of a series of middle-brow Kickstarter jokes. Part one can be found here Years of economic disaster, revolution in the str...

The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Without a seismic change in values that venerates historical cultures of excellence in conjunction with a celebration of scientific, professional, and technical achievement, there can be no restoration of the humanities.

The Dis-Ease of the Western Mind

Ervin Laszlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ervin Laszlo

The dis-ease of the Western mind is a product of historical circumstance. But it is not fated; we could overcome our one-sided heritage of the past. The key to it is using our brain more fully.

'Twitterature': U Chicago Undergrad Duo Inadvertently End Western Civilization With New Book

Emmett Rensin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Emmett Rensin

Although some suggested with absolute certainty that Shakespeare and his ilk were surely rolling over in their respective graves, "Twitterature" remained highly anticipated. And then it happened.

Watch Out What You Pray For

Adam Neiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Neiman

The Christian right prayed for the end of the world. Sure enough, they got the end of their world. They prayed for a savior -- and got one in spades.

Dead White Men: An Important Swing Constituency

Chris Marcil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Marcil

So I saw in my hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times--which I read every day because you never know which issue will be the Souvenir Final one--that ...

Deliberation, Education ... and Immigration

Peter Kaufman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Kaufman

Why should we go to college? Let's admit that career advancement, fun, and variety have places in any good answer's line-up. But there's also the so-called "civilizing effect."