A conversation with Nomi Claire Lazar about her new book, Out of Joint (Yale University Press, 2019). Hear more interviews from The Political Theory Review.
Just as today debate rages over lockdowns, therapies, and vaccines to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, so too in the Boston of Benjamin Franklin’s youth Smallpox inoculation was the subject of contentious public discussion. The argument was dominated, politically if not numerically, by the proponents of inoculation. Prominent physician Zabdiel Boylston, The Mathers (Boston’s preeminent political […]
Plagues have occurred throughout recorded history and strained the fabric of civil societies, yet they don’t break them irreparably. They also have provoked philosophers and poets to understand larger questions raised by such trauma. This podcast includes opportunities for similar discussion by focusing on passages from Albert Camus’ The Plague. School of Civic and […]
“Ideological diversity” is a controversial term. Much like free speech, it has been weaponized in our fractious political culture – and injected into our ongoing culture wars. Also referred to as “viewpoint diversity,” the concept has been deployed as a cudgel against political foes to depict them as obsessed with a version of diversity based […]
If the state may conscript its citizens into military service and send them to war, may it do anything short of that? This question has taken on a new relevance in the age of COVID-19. State and local shelter-in-place orders have told residents, under penalty of law, that they cannot travel, cannot assemble peacefully in […]