The Dilemmas of Authority and Contractarianism (Hobbes, 1651)

The Dilemmas of Authority and Contractarianism (Hobbes, 1651)

Who is worthy of governing? When should authority be questioned and obeyed? Is concentrated power destined to be corrupted? This article utilizes the work of Thomas Hobbes, specifically Leviathan (1651), to explore these questions and more.

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The Revolutionary Life and Legacy of Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

The Revolutionary Life and Legacy of Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

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 extraordinary life, as well as the infamous legacy she left behind.

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Howard Zinn, People’s History and the Issue of Historical Objectivity

Howard Zinn, People’s History and the Issue of Historical Objectivity

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.

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The Debate of Affirmative Action in Public Universities (Bakke 1978)

The Debate of Affirmative Action in Public Universities (Bakke 1978)

By studying the build-up and fallout of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), this article explores the cases for/against affirmative action, specifically in the context of public universities and their admissions processes.

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Max Weber and the Religion of Industrial Capitalism

Max Weber and the Religion of Industrial Capitalism

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.

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