The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Science
Fall 2016 (18.3)
Science has been central to the rise of the modern world. The practices of induction, observation, experimentation, theory testing, and falsification—and the invaluable products of those practices—have all had such profound effects on our culture and our ways of thinking. Yet as much as we have come to rely on it, science, like many other contemporary institutions, has been drawn into our highly politicized culture wars. This issue explores how the cultural contradictions of modern science shape ongoing debates over authority and truth in areas ranging from climate change to morality to the ends and purposes of science itself.
Meritocracy and its Discontents
What does today’s loss of confidence in our elites have to do with the system that selects and shapes them? Why has meritocracy come to be seen as a big part of the problem? What can be done to fix a broken system? Also in this issue, “On the Business of Philosophy,” a symposium with Richard Rorty, Susan Haack, Matthew B. Crawford, and Robert B. Pippin.
Work in the Precarious Economy
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?
From our Recent Issues
From Fall 2016 (18.3)
by Becca Rothfeld
There is an eroticism to waiting: Sexual fulfillment requires that one urgently desire what is necessarily, torturously delayed. Romantic waiting is, like certain shades of pain, delicate enough to hint teasingly at future gratification but never disagreeable enough to preclude it. | Read article >>>
From Summer 2016 (18.2)
by Richard Rorty, Susan Haack, Matthew B. Crawford, Robert B. Pippin
What is the proper business of philosophy? What should philosophers get on with? Which pursuits should they cede to others, and to whom should they cede them? | Read article >>>
From Summer 2016 (18.2)
by John J. Lennon
I did wind up getting knifed in a prison yard, but it wasn’t for unpaid drug bills. It was payback for killing Alex. | Read article >>>
On the seventy-fifth anniversary of Executive Order 9066, John Inazu warns us about acting through fear. | Read post >>>
National politics, we might say, is culture, and maybe even only culture. | Read post >>>
Reimagining our cities provides us an important opportunity to reconsider the various structures of urban life. | Read post >>>
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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