Tag: responsibility

  • Trump, Trust, and Civic Renewal

    Trump, Trust, and Civic Renewal

    More than anything else, the current political climate shifts the kinds of solutions for which our fellow citizens will reach. Rather than hoping to make change at the national level, we must organize our political lives around more local efforts. Rather than seeking assistance from state institutions we must organize and act ourselves. I have…

  • Advice and Consent

    Advice and Consent

    “To what purpose then require the co-operation of the Senate? I answer, that the necessity of their concurrence would have a powerful, though, in general, a silent operation. It would be an excellent check upon a spirit of favoritism in the President, and would tend greatly to prevent the appointment of unfit characters from State…

  • Margalit and Derrida on Forgiveness and the Skandalon

    Margalit and Derrida on Forgiveness and the Skandalon

    As I see it, the limit of forgiveness is not within our voluntary power, an act of will, but rather in developing the capacity to imagine the act that we are trying to forgive. Thus the skandalon of forgiveness is an imaginative challenge, we stumble over it when acts are unimaginable, and we overleap it…

  • Going Upstream: Prisons and the Social Determinants of Health

    Going Upstream: Prisons and the Social Determinants of Health

    A couple of weeks ago, I joined with hundreds of other students and scholars at Johns Hopkins for a conference on prisons and the social determinants of health. The star of the conference was this story: One day three men were fishing in the river when they noticed a baby floating towards them. Two of the men jumped…

  • What are the ruling ideas today? Is “College For All” among them? (Doubts-that-don’t-change-our-practices edition)

    What are the ruling ideas today? Is “College For All” among them? (Doubts-that-don’t-change-our-practices edition)

    I’ve just finished an article on higher education and the liberal arts, and it’s full of hope and comes to some definite conclusions about particular ways that an education in the liberal arts is valuable. It’s out for peer review right now, which means that if the reviewer is googling phrases maybe she’ll find this,…