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We talk a lot in this class about a pendulum of reason and emotion, rationality and irrationality, Romanticism and Enlightenment or industrialism. That’s a pattern in all human history, but one that is especially prominent in our period. As we near the end of the century, we can observe several competing trends all coming together […]

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As we saw this week, it’s easy to connect our studies to the present day. A few semesters ago while we were discussing Mill and liberalism, a republican friend sent me this article arguing that the conflict between left and right in modern America reflects a split in 19th century social and political philosophy, the split […]

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As we discuss Mill and liberalism this week, we should keep in mind other writings of that philosophy. Some of them we know quite well–the founding documents of the American political system, after all, are all part of that tradition. As such, we can easily understand many of the things Mill is getting at–but at […]

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