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Meritocracy and its Discontents

Summer 2016 (18.2)

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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Work in the Precarious Economy

The Hedgehog ReviewSpring 2016 (18.1)

According to scholarly estimates, one-fifth of today’s workforce belongs to the “precariat,” a growing and class-transcending assortment of part-time, short-term, contract workers, seasonal laborers, and other people who toil alone, take on gigs, or start businesses with little hope of longevity, steady incomes, or benefits. Examining the forces that gave rise to the precarious economy, we explore many of the cultural dimensions of the emerging workscape: How have people internalized their new “disruptable” condition? How has “precarity” affected the professions—and, more broadly, the very meaning of vocation? How is our understanding of work time and workplace changing?

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The Hedgehog ReviewFall 2015 (17.3)

What Max Weber meant by “the elimination of magic” was never exactly clear. It has generally been taken to mean the displacement of the numinous by the powers of reason and science, the so-called “rationalization” of the world. But if the world truly became disenchanted—a subject of some debate—are we now witnessing a kind of re-enchantment?

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From our Recent Issues

From Fall 2015 (17.3)

AA Envy

Why this special treatment for twelve-step programs? Because all the other moral languages in which modern Americans are fluent, the languages that sound so inspiring and correct when they are talking about politics, turn useless in the face of addiction. | Read article >>>

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We Have Never Been Disenchanted

Simone Weil's gesture toward a "true knowledge of social mechanics" suggested a politics of the sacramental imagination. | Read article >>>

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Sacred Reading: From Augustine to the Digital Humanists

Whereas for Augustine reading began with wonder, for digital humanists reading ends in wonder. | Read article >>>


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