Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
July 13, 2016

Machiavelli's name has long been synonymous with political skulduggery, but Maurizio Viroli offers us a kinder, gentler Machiavelli -- someone who kept the common good in mind in ways greatly lacking in this election year, writes Scott McLemee.

June 29, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews Plots, an examination of patterns of storytelling that highlights Robert L. Belknap's excellence as a literary critic.

June 22, 2016

A fascinating new paper sheds light on how note keeping was once central to the pedagogical experience, deeply embedded in the whole social system of academe, writes Scott McLemee.

June 15, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews Michael Shermer's new book, Skeptic, in which the author debunks Atlantis, Bigfoot and a host of other pseudoscientific topics, as well as explaining and reflecting on real scientific developments.

June 8, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews a new book that examines the long literary and political history of a femme fatale that embodies two aspects of Eden: the beguiling female and the deceiving reptile, merged, literally, into one.

June 1, 2016

Scott McLemee ruminates on the memoir of Barbara Ehrenreich, who, while more or less an agnostic, undergoes what sounds like the sort of crisis described by saints and mystics.

May 25, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews Terry Eagleton's new book, Culture, which unpacks the concept in its title.

May 18, 2016

The 2016 election cycle is a murky paradox in which it seems impossible to think of Donald Trump as ever exemplifying a certain long-held conservative doctrine, writes Scott McLemee.

May 11, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews a new book by Christina Crosby, who discusses the reality of her life after a horrific accident with a candor that must be experienced to be believed.

May 4, 2016

The torture of a foreign student has become the synecdoche for uncounted thousands of people now in Egyptian prisons or graves, writes Scott McLemee.

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July 13, 2016

Machiavelli's name has long been synonymous with political skulduggery, but Maurizio Viroli offers us a kinder, gentler Machiavelli -- someone who kept the common good in mind in ways greatly lacking in this election year, writes Scott McLemee.

June 29, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews Plots, an examination of patterns of storytelling that highlights Robert L. Belknap's excellence as a literary critic.

June 22, 2016

A fascinating new paper sheds light on how note keeping was once central to the pedagogical experience, deeply embedded in the whole social system of academe, writes Scott McLemee.

June 15, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews Michael Shermer's new book, Skeptic, in which the author debunks Atlantis, Bigfoot and a host of other pseudoscientific topics, as well as explaining and reflecting on real scientific developments.

June 8, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews a new book that examines the long literary and political history of a femme fatale that embodies two aspects of Eden: the beguiling female and the deceiving reptile, merged, literally, into one.

June 1, 2016

Scott McLemee ruminates on the memoir of Barbara Ehrenreich, who, while more or less an agnostic, undergoes what sounds like the sort of crisis described by saints and mystics.

May 25, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews Terry Eagleton's new book, Culture, which unpacks the concept in its title.

May 18, 2016

The 2016 election cycle is a murky paradox in which it seems impossible to think of Donald Trump as ever exemplifying a certain long-held conservative doctrine, writes Scott McLemee.

May 11, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews a new book by Christina Crosby, who discusses the reality of her life after a horrific accident with a candor that must be experienced to be believed.

May 4, 2016

The torture of a foreign student has become the synecdoche for uncounted thousands of people now in Egyptian prisons or graves, writes Scott McLemee.

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