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Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates

One of the central challenges to contemporary political philosophy is the apparent impossibility of arriving at any commonly agreed upon “truths.”  To understand the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary radical relativism, scholars turn to the sophists of antiquity—the most famous … Continue reading

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Democrats and Republicans

In their new book, Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats (Oxford University Press, 2016), authors Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins reveal how Democrats and Republicans think differently about politics, rely on distinct sources of information, argue past one another, … Continue reading

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The Jury in America

Enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, a jury trial is an essential right for all Americans. It places citizens at the very heart of the U.S. legal order. And yet at the dawn of the 21st century, juries resolve only … Continue reading

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Cold War espionage

Alumnus Bill Plunkert, a former CIA agent featured in the book The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Penguin Random House,  2015) by Pulitzer Prize winner David E. Hoffman, will give a talk Apr. 20 … Continue reading

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The War on Poverty

Christopher Jencks, the Macolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will give a talk titled “The War on Poverty: Did We Give up Too Soon?” on  Apr. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton Hall, room 230. Jencks is … Continue reading

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Book review by Alan Wolfe

Boston College Political Science Professor Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, has written a review of The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions by Michael Walzer. He calls Walzer’s work “a fascinating excursion … Continue reading

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Wolfe: reviewed and reviewer

Boston College Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, has written a book review for Commonweal magazine. Wolfe’s book, At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora is Good for the Jews (Beacon Press, … Continue reading

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