Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
November 10, 2005

A new book by political scientists diagnoses a crisis in our civic life. Scott McLemee wonders if they have any good remedies.

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.

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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.

September 29, 2005

Scholarly books can be a strain on the eyes and the pocketbook alike. Scott McLemee wonders if academic presses have found an answer in blogging....

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