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Tsai’s illustrated edition brings to life the wisdom, humor, vivacity of Confucianism

THAT we could have an illustrated edition of the life of Confucius and his Analects is not so remarkable as it first seemed. As Michael Puett observes in his forward to “The Analects,” as adapted and ...

July 20, 2018, Friday


The universe and the meaning of life in the words of a scientist-poet

Like the late Carl Sagan, Loren Eiseley had the great gift of being able to express his thoughts in language that not only made his field of study more accessible to the rest of us, but to also do so ...

July 13, 2018, Friday


Cold War’s complicated legacy and lessons we forget at our peril

THE Cold war — a period that is usually dated from 1946 (or 1947) until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 — continues to influence us today. Indeed, with renewed tensions between Russia and ...

July 6, 2018, Friday


Ongoing legacy of original sin: pervasive racism in America

AT the end of the 1960s it was possible to believe that the US was, at long last, serious about eliminating racism, the poisonous cause and legacy of chattel slavery. After all, segregation had finally ...

June 15, 2018, Friday


China and Latin America moving closer to boost trade and growth

AT a time when some countries are resorting to protectionism in balancing their own economies, China and Latin America are mulling moves to further strengthen trade. Santiago Levy, vice president for ...

April 20, 2018, Friday


The US is teetering on the edge, but could be redeemed by virtues

TWO new books remind me of a line from an old comic strip (Pogo) from my youth: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” While Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” reveals little about the president that we ...

April 13, 2018, Friday


Chinese vision of tianxia: a model for global peace and governance

CHINESE philosopher Zhao Tingyang, in an article titled “Can this ancient Chinese philosophy save us from global chaos?”, suggested the Chinese concept of tianxia as a way to achieve global governance. Tianxia ...

March 30, 2018, Friday


Ruled by numbers and measures, we compromise our performance

WE live in an age ruled by numbers, even though quantifying human performance compromises our performance. At the beginning of “The Tyranny of Metrics”, author Jerry Z. Muller quotes Aaron Haspel as ...

March 23, 2018, Friday


Are we wasting time on schooling that won’t prepare us for jobs?

WHEN I took up Bryan Caplan’s “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money,” I thought about the usual case we made for education. It can allegedly broaden your ...

February 9, 2018, Friday


Are ‘the people’ of US ready for democracy?

IN his address commemorating the bloody Civil War battle fought at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said that the government of the United States was by, for, and of the people. But what ...

December 13, 2017, Wednesday




 

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