The Hedgehog Review
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Current Issue

The Human and the Digital

Spring 2018 (20.1)

Are we ready for digitopia? What might we be risking when we opt for, or succumb to, the ease, efficiency, and beguilements of online life? Many boosters claim that the digitally enhanced life only extends the capacities and potentials of the human being. But growing evidence suggests that such a regime may distort or diminish our human endowments, including our imagination and intellect, our will and attention, our feelings and emotions. Nor is it unfair to say that the life digital—both the reality and the hype—has already gone some way toward diminishing our sense of human distinctiveness.

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The End of the End of History?

The Hedgehog ReviewFall 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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From our Recent Issues

From Summer 2016 (18.2)

The New Ruling Class

The meritocracy is hardening into an aristocracy—so let it! | Read article >>>

From Summer 2017 (19.2)

The Last Association Standing

America’s relationship with corporations? It’s complicated. [with audio] | Read article >>>

From Fall 2017 (19.3)

Monumental Woes

Is the removal of Confederate statues the best approach to historical accuracy in the public space? | Read article >>>

From Fall 2014 (16.3)

Poverty and Paradox

Poverty research is caught up in a dilemma of its own making—of diminishing insight into the problem of poverty amid more data about the poor. | 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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