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Meritocracy and its Discontents

Increasingly, Americans have grown wary and distrustful of their leaders, whom they perceive as arrogant, selfish, and disconnected from the concerns of real people and the best interests of the nation. What does this loss of confidence in our elites have to do with the system that selects and shapes them? Why has meritocracy itself come to be seen as a big part of the problem? And what can be done to fix a broken system? This issue also includes a symposium with a never-before-published essay by Richard Rorty and responses from three distinguished philosophers: Susan Haack, Matthew B. Crawford, and Robert B. Pippin.

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IASC Events

Upcoming Events

27 September 2016

| Afternoon Tea

“Survey of American Political Culture 2016”: Survey Release Event

12 October 2016

| Survey Release Event

The Fire This Time Book Release

25 October 2016

Garnette Cadogan & Emily Raboteau | Book Release

The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy

28 October 2016

Robert Woodberry | Seminar

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Andrew Lynn

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Andrew Lynn

Doctoral Fellow

Andrew is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia. His interests include sociology of religion, social change, and altruism. He is currently working on his master's thesis exploring the cultural and social contexts that influence commitment to civic engagement, religion, family, and work. Other interests include sociological theories of culture and cognition, sociological approaches to morality, and the cultural logic of individualism in American culture. Andrew graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Political Science. Before his graduate studies, he worked in the nonprofit sector for...

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