Michael Walzer is Professor Emeritus in the School of ­Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and co-­editor emeritus of Dissent. His new book, A Foreign Policy for the Left, will be published in the fall. (May 2017)


Does Betrayal Still Matter?

Avishai Margalit, Berlin, 2012

On Betrayal

by Avishai Margalit
Years ago, in his book The Ethics of Memory (2002), Avishai Margalit described two different kinds of philosophers: “i.e. philosophers,” who are committed to definitions and distinctions, and “e.g. philosophers,” who are committed to examples and illustrations. This is a more fruitful distinction than the standard one between Anglo-American and …

Is the Right Choice a Good Bargain?

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie

Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State

by Cass R. Sunstein
Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie’s recent book about how to make group decisions “wiser” has a strange text on its copyright page: the Harvard Business Review Press will, for large orders of the book from companies and corporations, provide special printings with the company logo displayed on a customized cover …

Imaginary Jews

Rembrandt: Portrait of an Old Jew, 1654

Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition

by David Nirenberg
David Nirenberg’s book Anti-Judaism isn’t a history of the Jewish experience of discrimination, persecution, and genocide; nor is it an indictment of contemporary anti-Zionism or a defense of the state of Israel. The book is not about Jews at all or, at least, not about real Jews; it deals extensively and almost exclusively with imaginary Jews. What Nirenberg has written is an intellectual history of Western civilization, seen from a peculiar but frighteningly revealing perspective.