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

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
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.

The Audacity of Thought: Film Director Margarethe von Trotta Examines the Life of a Passionate Intellectual in Hannah Arendt

Penelope Andrew | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Thinking and smoking. Smoking and thinking. Thinking, smoking, and pacing the floor of her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is how we see the gifted academic and profound socio-political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, prepare to write.

The Aesthetics of Civil Society

Vince Carducci | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Vince Carducci

University of Illinois Chicago political scientist Kelly LeRoux and co-author Anna Bernadska recently published a study that shows a positive correlation between participation in the arts and engagement with civil society.

Seeking Truth In A World Of Competing Narratives

William Grassie | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

Is there some other way to adjudicate between the competing metanarratives that shape our lives and identities, determining how we think and act, what we hold to be true and good?

Yet Another Republican Provides Exactly the Wrong View of Politics and Faith

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Feisal G. Mohamed

If state officials compose or construe laws based on a particular religious view, they are depriving citizens who do not share that view of the rights of democratic citizenship. That is why it is troubling to hear a public official speak the way that Mr. Labrador has done.

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

Christopher Lane | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

A debate about the scope and limits of secularism has begun to collide once more with those wanting to increase the power and presence of religion in the public sphere.