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Fall 2015 (17.3)

Re-enchantment: What is it? Who wants it? Max Weber used the German word Entzauberung (the elimination of magic) when he introduced the concept of disenchantment in his seminal 1917 lecture, “Science as a Vocation.” But what Weber meant was never exactly clear. Elusive as it is, Weber’s concept has generally been taken to mean the displacement of the numinous (including, but not restricted to, orthodox belief) 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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The Body in Question

The Hedgehog ReviewSummer 2015 (17.2)

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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Too Much Information

The Hedgehog ReviewSpring 2015 (17.1)

The benefits of an ever-more networked environment are powerful: connectedness, efficiency, and instant access to information. But we may be losing more than our privacy in the digitized info-sphere, including the autonomy and creativity we think it enables.

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From our Recent Issues

From Summer 2014 (16.2)

How We Lost Our Attention

“As our mental lives become more fragmented, what is at stake seems to be nothing less than the question of whether one can maintain a coherent self.” | Read article >>>

From Fall 2013 (15.3)

Terror and Art: A Meditation

“Yet terror is bound to strike fear into more than the faction specifically under attack. It induces a trauma of the body politic; its sequelae threaten to occlude the future of all who learn of it. All the more so today, where its contagion works not only locally but also from a distance—brought to us by the new media.” | Read article >>>

From Spring 2015 (17.1)

The Beginnings of the End of Privacy

“Few, however, have probed these twin worries about surveillance by powerful organizations and the “self-surveillance” of individual citizens—or, for that matter, how they might be related. Indeed, for a topic so consuming, it’s striking that we know so little about how we reached this point.” | Read article >>>

From Spring 2015 (17.1)

Why We Confess: From Augustine to Oprah

“Public confession has become both self-forming and culture-forming: Although in some sense we know less about each other than ever, almost every piece of information we do learn is an act of intentional or performative disclosure.” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2015 (17.2)

On Not Being There: The Data-Driven Body at Work and at Play

“What is surprising about sci-fi conceits like ‘transitioning’ or ‘jacking in,’ is how familiar they seem, or at least how closely they reflect certain aspects of contemporary reality. Almost daily, we encounter people who are there but not there, flickering in and out of what we think of as presence.” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2015 (17.2)

The Witness of Literature: A Genealogical Sketch

“How did literary writers come to be seen by many as the best custodians and advocates of Christian faith? It is a question with a curious and convoluted genealogy, one worth teasing out.” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2015 (17.2)

The Common Core and Democratic Education

“We Americans once saw public education as something more than just preparation for the work force; we saw it as a means of preparing citizens and developing human beings. The Common Core signals an absence of one understanding of education, but also the presence of something else.” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2015 (17.2)

A Disease Just Like Any Other

“Promoting the brain disease model has had the intended consequence of contributing to the medicalization of distress and boosting the sale of psychopharmaceuticals. If that wasn’t troubling enough, the campaign has also had the unintended consequence of promoting the very stigma and discrediting attributes it sought to reduce.” | Read article >>>


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The Hedgehog Review wins award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for Best Public Intellectual Special Issue 2012. Read the award-winning issue: The Roots of the Arab Spring

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  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How do we live with our deepest differences?
  • What is the good life? The good community? The good world?

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Published three times a year by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, The Hedgehog Review offers critical reflections on contemporary culture—how we shape it, and how it shapes us.

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