<strong>Jerusalem</strong> is many things, a center of learning and a source of discord and derangement. But it's never been a multicultural paradise, whatever the claims of a blockbuster new exhibit

Jerusalem is many things, a center of learning and a source of discord and derangement. But it&#39;s never been a multicultural paradise, whatever the claims of a blockbuster new
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Jerusalem is many things, a center of learning and a source of discord and derangement. But it's never been a multicultural paradise, whatever the claims of a blockbuster new exhibit

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<strong>Silicon Valley</strong>: Live in a group house, work with a "start-up accelerator," feel like king of the world even if you're running a company that does nothing

Silicon Valley: Live in a group house, work with a &quot;start-up accelerator,&quot; feel like king of the world even if you&#39;re running a company that does
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Silicon Valley: Live in a group house, work with a "start-up accelerator," feel like king of the world even if you're running a company that does nothing

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Veneration of Shakespeare blinds us to the brilliance of other writers, to the other ways a play can and should be. <strong>The case against Shakespeare</strong> as a lone genius

Veneration of Shakespeare blinds us to the brilliance of other writers, to the other ways a play can and should be. The case against Shakespeare as a lone
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Veneration of Shakespeare blinds us to the brilliance of other writers, to the other ways a play can and should be. The case against Shakespeare as a lone genius

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Rousseau's Ethics of Truth: A Sublime Science of Simple Souls

2017.02.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Neidleman, Rousseau&#39;s Ethics of Truth: A Sublime Science of Simple Souls, Routledge, 2017, 250pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.02.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Neidleman, Rousseau's Ethics of Truth: A Sublime Science of Simple Souls, Routledge, 2017, 250pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138654785. Reviewed by Christopher Bertram, University of Bristol Philosophical engagement with the work of Rousseau has undergone a revival in the anglophone world over the past forty years. Philosophers including N. J. H. Dent, Frederick Neuhouser and Joshua Cohen have discovered more attractive and interesting readings of his moral psychology and political philosophy than were fashionable in an earlier generation that often understood Rousseau as a primitivist or as a proto-totalitarian. But even these new readings of Rousseau have struggled to establish coherence across the full range of his writings, often preferring to concentrate on the moral psychology alone and on a limited number of core texts, particularly the Discourse on Inequality, Emile and the Social Contract. By. . .

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Graphs and paradoxes

A directed graph is a pair where N is any collection or set of objects (the nodes of the graph) and E is a relation on N (the edges). Intuitively speaking, we can think of a directed graph in terms
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A directed graph is a pair <N, E> where N is any collection or set of objects (the nodes of the graph) and E is a relation on N (the edges). Intuitively speaking, we can think of a directed graph in terms of a dot-and-arrow diagram, where the nodes are represented as dots, and the edges are represented as arrows. For example, in the following figure we have a graph that consists of three nodes–A, B, and C, and four edges: one from A to A, one from A to B, one from B to C, and one from C to B. Image courtesy of author. Note that with directed graphs we distinguish between those cases where a node has an arrow from itself to itself and those cases where it does not, and we also take into account the direction of the edge–that is, the edge from B to C is distinct from the edge from C to B (we do, however, represent cases where we have arrows going in both directions with a single line with two “arrowheads”). In the diagram above, the nodes might represent Alice, Betty,. . .

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Immunology in perspective

Among students of science, in contrast to those who do science, the dominant discussion revolves around the degree to which scientific interpretations are subject to extra-curricular influences,
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Among students of science, in contrast to those who do science, the dominant discussion revolves around the degree to which scientific interpretations are subject to extra-curricular influences, specifically, to what extent are facts independent of the larger political context in which science resides. (Political refers to the economic costs and benefits measured as improved health, productivity, military defense, etc.; promotion of ideological commitments; corporate advancement; social flourishing, and the like.) The question is not just applicable to understanding how science makes its truth claims, but represents a general quandary: Scientists, historians, lawyers–all citizens–constantly face the task of drawing the line around credible disputes over the standing of facts and their meaning, which ultimately determines their status as “true.” This matter is posed throughout our culture. Indeed, in whatever endeavor we engage, assumptions are made about the reality of our. . .

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Voltaire thought Shakespeare "a drunken savage&rdquo;; Mencken dismissed Gatsby as a "glorified anecdote." Why <strong>great critics make terrible judgments</strong>

Voltaire thought Shakespeare &quot;a drunken savage&amp;rdquo;; Mencken dismissed Gatsby as a &quot;glorified anecdote.&quot; Why great critics make terrible
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Voltaire thought Shakespeare "a drunken savage”; Mencken dismissed Gatsby as a "glorified anecdote." Why great critics make terrible judgments

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At 15, he was a member of the Hitler Youth. At 24, he attacked Heidegger for sympathizing with Nazism. The complicated moral development of <strong>J&uuml;rgen Habermas</strong>

At 15, he was a member of the Hitler Youth. At 24, he attacked Heidegger for sympathizing with Nazism. The complicated moral development of J&amp;uuml;rgen
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At 15, he was a member of the Hitler Youth. At 24, he attacked Heidegger for sympathizing with Nazism. The complicated moral development of Jürgen Habermas

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In the mid-60s, <strong>Norman Podhoretz</strong> gave up on becoming the next Lionel Trilling. Instead he wrote about ambition, alienating almost everyone he knew

In the mid-60s, Norman Podhoretz gave up on becoming the next Lionel Trilling. Instead he wrote about ambition, alienating almost everyone he
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In the mid-60s, Norman Podhoretz gave up on becoming the next Lionel Trilling. Instead he wrote about ambition, alienating almost everyone he knew

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Sanctuary & Religious Liberty

Embed from Getty Images As the Trump administration steps up the enforcement of immigration law, some illegal immigrants have engaged in the time-honored tradition of seeking sanctuary in churches.
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Embed from Getty Images As the Trump administration steps up the enforcement of immigration law, some illegal immigrants have engaged in the time-honored tradition of seeking sanctuary in churches. The idea of churches serving as sanctuary from the state was developed in Western Europe during the Middle Ages and has become embedded in western culture. As would be expected, the granting of sanctuary has created considerable controversy. Being familiar with the history of oppressive states and injustice, I generally support the idea of sanctuary in its role of providing the individual with another defense against the potential tyranny of the state. Because of this view, I hold that sanctuary should be limited to those who need protection from injustice on the part of the state rather than endorsing blanket sanctuary for anyone for any reason. Judging who is thus worthy of sanctuary (as with any moral assessment) can be rather complicated, but the basic principle is clear enough.. . .

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