At a time of unprecedented distrust in academic institutions, this article contemplates the purpose of education, the importance of scholarship, and the responsibility of intellectuals. By exploring these concepts, readers are exposed to the many successes and failures of contemporary scholarship.
Who is worthy of governing? When should authority be questioned and obeyed? Is concentrated power destined to be corrupted? This article utilizes Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) to explore these questions and more.
My recent exploration of radical philosophers has brought me to the work of Emma Goldman; the influential anarchist writer who inspired a generation of radicals to reject hierarchy, capitalism and government. This article examines her fascinating autobiography, as well as the infamous legacy she left behind.
This article analyzes the perspective and values of Howard Zinn, specifically in his acclaimed work, A People’s History of the United States (1980). By studying his narrative of American history, we can learn more about the process of studying “history from below” in a nation plagued with clashing histories and narratives.
By studying the build-up and fallout of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), this article explores the cases for and against affirmative action, especially in the context of public universities and their admissions processes.
This article briefly explores Max Weber’s famous work ‘The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ (1905), which describes the immense influence of rationalized religious beliefs (specifically those which arose from the Protestant Reformation) in creating the social conditions necessary for modern capitalism to develop.
An alternate version of An Intro to Effective Political Discussion intended to teach classmates how to approach political discussion and speak with dissenters.
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