Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
November 8, 2005
Scott McLemee revisits the influential but elusive theorist Henri Mensonge, international man of mystery.
November 3, 2005
Lurid scenes! Shocking revelations! Horny homework! Extremely hot pants!
November 1, 2005
After months of tsunami, hurricane, and earthquake, Scott McLemee wonders if the trouble didn't really start on November 1, 1755...
October 27, 2005

"Whoever cannot give to himself an adequate account of the past three thousand years," said Goethe, "remains in darkness, without history, living from day to day." That is an expression of a bedrock principle of liberal humanism, European-style. It takes the existence of the educated individual as its basic unit of reference -- its gold standard. But it also judges the quality of that existence by how much the individual has spent in acquiring a sense of the past.

October 25, 2005
As the holiday season approaches, Scott McLemee contemplates made-up traditions -- and his own future in the remainder bin.
October 20, 2005
Scott McLemee takes a look at a new book discussing fairness, justice, and the possibly excessive vileness of the McNugget.
October 18, 2005
This summer, Scott McLemee hoped academic librarians would blog more about their work. Voila! Introducing ACRLog.
October 13, 2005
Jerome Karabel's book about Ivy League admissions touches a bundle of raw nerves. Scott McLemee twitches in response.
October 6, 2005
A new book offers guidance in reading Mein Kampf. Scott McLemee wonders if the canon wars are quite over.
October 4, 2005
The golden age of the general-interest academic review is over. Or is it? Scott McLemee wonders.


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