Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.
The pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s went out fashion -- yet never really went away. Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original.
Put down that chocolate and pick up some broccoli! Improve your attitude and you can do anything! Scott McLemee looks into a new book on the critique of self-improvement.
A historian's travels can contribute more to her work than archival sources. Scott McLemee reads Dispatches From Dystopia.
Thorstein Veblen's The Higher Learning in America is back in a new edition. Scott McLemee revisits a scathing classic.
It's compact, direct and mind melting -- and now its story has been told. Scott McLemee meditates on The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography.
The age of print is giving way to the digital age... right? Scott McLemee looks into a scholar’s alternative perspective.
Social hierarchy is a touchy subject. Scott McLemee looks at a sociologist's study of wedding across class lines.
Smoking is cool, sophisticated, sexy and enjoyable. Plus, it can kill you. Scott McLemee looks at a study of how students try to split the difference.
A new book on jealousy has Scott McLemee taking a backward look.
A new book reflects on generation gaps and how they get that way. Scott McLemee takes a look.
A recently discovered letter and a new book reveal a dark side of American law enforcement. Scott McLemee investigates.

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November 4, 2015

Over the past century and a half or so, petroleum has been abundant and relatively easy to extract, Scott McLemee writes. The next 150 years -- in fact, the next 15 -- do not look quite so promising.

October 7, 2015

Writer, professor, tattoo artist … not so daring now, but 60 years ago, it was another story. Scott McLemee on the lost essays of a wild one.

September 30, 2015

A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy … again. Scott McLemee is scandalized.

September 2, 2015

All too familiar: a disturbed loner wins posthumous recognition by mixing mass murder and mass media. Scott McLemee consults an Italian theorist's reflections on the problem.

August 26, 2015

We divide history into periods just to keep it manageable. Scott McLemee reports on a discussion of whether we're doing it right.

July 22, 2015

Does the arc of the universe bend toward justice? Scott McLemee looks into a philosopher's book on racial profiling and police homicide.

July 15, 2015

Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.

June 10, 2015

It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.

May 13, 2015

The pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s went out fashion -- yet never really went away. Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original.

May 6, 2015

Put down that chocolate and pick up some broccoli! Improve your attitude and you can do anything! Scott McLemee looks into a new book on the critique of self-improvement.

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