The Hedgehog Review
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The End of the End of History?

Fall 2017 (19.3)

Is it time to declare the end of the end of history? Are we witnessing the exhaustion, or tragic collapse, of the once-vital liberal tradition that supported our politics, both progressive and conservative, and which made politics a (relatively) civil enterprise, and compromise a desirable outcome of that enterprise? The questions are urgent and the stakes are high, not only for America and other liberal democracies but for a global order built on faith in the universal worth of liberal principles.

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The Meaning of Cities

The Hedgehog ReviewSummer 2017 (19.2)

At a time when more than half of the world’s population inhabits cities and so much thought and study have been devoted to the challenges and possibilities of urban life, surprisingly little attention is paid to the crucial purpose and meaning of cities. What are cities for?

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The Post-Modern Self

The Hedgehog ReviewSpring 2017 (19.1)

To capture some sense of the self at this post-modern moment, we examine the key features of our deeper cultural code. How has the persistence of guilt shaped our view of progress? Is the autonomous subject yielding to the collective? What do popular cultural representations of evil say about our sense of moral agency? What deep unease does our addiction to “self-help” successfully or unsuccessfully address?

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From our Recent Issues

From Spring 2017 (19.1)

The Devil We Know

The devil just isn’t what he used to be. [includes audio] | Read article >>>

From Fall 2016 (18.3)

Science Anxiety

We seem to be facing a slow-burning crisis of scientific authority even as we hear ever-more-eager paeans to science. | Read article >>>

From Spring 2017 (19.1)

The Strange Persistence of Guilt

The therapeutic view of guilt seems to offer the guilt-ridden an avenue of escape from its power. [includes audio] | Read article >>>


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About The Review

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.

The Hedgehog Review publishes insightful essays and reviews by scholars and cultural critics focused on the most important questions of our day:

  • 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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