The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist has a new home

Cutting to the chase: The Public Humanist’s current and archived posts can now be found here: http://masshumanities.org/the-public-humanist/ And now to back up a little. Many of you will have gleaned that The Public Humanist is the one blog on the Valley Advocate site...

In Search of the Common Good

American society today suffers from two fundamental anxieties. One is economic and has many sources, including the accelerating pace of technological change, the impact of our economy and ways of life on the environment, the globalization of both labor and capital,...

The Limits of Reflection

By Joe Cruz In the wake of half chagrined confessions that I am a philosophy professor, not infrequently — and positively reliably on cramped airplanes — I’m asked what my personal philosophy is. It’s not an entirely unreasonable question....

A Philosopher's Calling Card

Every profession gets a standard response. You know, the response you get when you mention your work. Lawyers get the eye-roll. Doctors get the question about sore elbows and the like. Teachers get the nod of approval, then expressions of regret at how they’re...