IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2013-2014 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

The Body in Question

Our bodies, ourselves? In one sense, of course. But the things we now do to our bodies and the ways we attempt to perfect or transcend them suggest new, if not fully articulated, conceptions of the human person and the ends and purposes of human existence.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

The Hedgehog’s Array: October 2, 2015

Noteworthy reads from the last week. | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

79 Theses on Technology:
Of Techniques and "Technology"

If you listen to the machine telling you how to get out of it you only get sucked into it more, like a con artist that lulls you into trust by telling you he is conning you. The promised liberation from technology is usually just another technology that you don’t recognize as such. This is one reason why a fuller appreciation of our diverse techniques is so vital. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Who Is the Smart City for?

In India's rush to transform, build, and even engineer entire new cities, critics are right to raise concerns about citizenship and access. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

9 October 2015

| Wine + Cheese

14 October 2015

| Afternoon Tea

"How We Got Here – Historical"

21 October 2015

| Reading Group

"Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion"

30 October 2015

Matthew Scherer (George Mason University) | Seminar

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Matthew Puffer

Featured Fellow

Matthew Puffer

Associate Fellow

Matthew Puffer received a PhD in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture) from the University of Virginia. His research and teaching explore competing normative visions of the human person, especially rival versions of the imago dei and human dignity and their implications for issues in biomedical, economic, environmental, and war and peace ethics. He recently co-edited a four-volume collection, Comparative Religious Ethics: The Major Works, and has published on the ethics of war, lying, and responsible action in Modern Theology, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, and edited volumes. His dissertation,...

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