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March 11, 2021
March 26, 2020 issue
Max the Fatalist
June 11, 2020 issue
The Vitality of Orthodoxy
July 2, 2020 issue
The Key to All Mythologies
February 13, 2020 issue
Jesus, Mary, and Mary
November 21, 2019 issue
The Siren of Selfishness
April 9, 2020 issue
What Are We Doing Here?
Why teach the humanities? Why study them?
November 9, 2017 issue
The Islamic Road to the Modern World
Christopher de Bellaigue’s ‘The Islamic Enlightenment’ and Wael Abu-‘Uksa’s ‘Freedom in the Arab World’
June 22, 2017 issue
Of Angels, Saints, and Faith in Fiction
“I am interested in metaphor, that is where I get my fix of transcendence,” says the novelist.
February 20, 2021
What is the spark that makes a shared God not just real, but so present he talks back to you?
March 11, 2021 issue
Tune Out & Lean In
The recent revival of Stoic philosophy has stayed surprisingly true to its ancient roots while gaining popularity among executives and tech-bros.
Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Alluring
The human preference for plausible meaning over stubborn facts makes us especially susceptible in a world constantly flooded with information.
February 12, 2021
The Power of Catastrophic Thinking
Should we value human lives in the distant future as much as present ones?
February 25, 2021 issue
Both Mary Wollstonecraft, darling of twentieth-century feminists, and her visionary daughter Mary Shelley continue to influence us today.
Why Was There a Reformation?
Though Steven Ozment’s The Age of Reform appeared amid a wave of critical thought about the Reformation, it rejected the new histories in favor of polemic.
The Consolations of Philosophy
My philosopher-therapist thought the ancient Greeks could lead me to the happy state of eudaimonia—literally, having good demons. But would mine play along?
December 31, 2020
What Happened at Masada?
We know the Roman conquest of Masada only through the account of the enigmatic Jewish historian Josephus, whose shifting allegiances make his motives hard to discern.
January 14, 2021 issue
Life, Death, and the Levys
A new book traces the twentieth-century scattering of a Sephardic family through five continents.
December 3, 2020 issue
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