October 2010

Is Political Science Really Irrelevant?
By Gabriel Martinez on October 15, 2010

By the way, Schumpeter himself could not do math to save his life.  So there's hope for all of us.

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Part IV (of V): Sertillanges' The Intellectual Life: Ite ad Thomam
By Thaddeus Kozinski on October 18, 2010

For Sertillanges, philosophy and theology are not just for philosophers and theologians. For they are the queen and divine sciences respectively, and where either is absent or neglected or misapprehended in the intellectual life, the other sciences that are present, cultivated, and apprehended will suffer.

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Does College Make Students Dumber?
By Anonymous on October 20, 2010

These upperclassmen have not learned to think critically or to evaluate different viewpoints and come up with their own.  The entire idea that a class would ask of them to develop their own opinion on what something means is startling and uncomfortable.  Best to return to the soft breast of the social sciences and be succored and soothed with definitions that can fit on flashcards.

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Is the recession over?
By Gabriel Martinez on October 20, 2010

A common question I hear is whether the recession is really over.  The issue is “settled,” of course, by the the NBER’s declaration of the end of the recession in July 2009.  Or is it?

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Turning to the Dark Side of the Force
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on October 25, 2010

“You’ve crossed over to the dark side, my friend.”  This was how one of my colleagues greeted the news that after a five-month national search I had been appointed to serve as dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies. Does academic leadership in such an administrative post mean going over to the “dark side?”

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A Critique of Tocqueville's Historical Narrative On Colonial Virginia
By Peter Haworth on October 27, 2010

Great mischief in history and political theory is frequently inflicted via citing Tocqueville’s minor errors.

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The Liberal Arts: Method or Content?
By Lee Trepanier on October 27, 2010

Do we profess a certain mode of inquiry and discovery or do we profess a certain philosophical (and maybe even theological) commitment?

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Four Immigrants
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on October 28, 2010

Thirty years ago, on October 27, 1980 at 3:30 pm, a family of four immigrants arrived at Miami International Airport - a father, a mother, two young children, two suitcases, a duffle bag, and $500 US dollars.  These were the humble American beginnings of my arrival to the United States as a nine year old child.

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