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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Peter2
almost 4 years ago

So this post--like some others--is meant to be diagnostic.  It's a postmodern and conservative observation on who sophisticated Americans think they are these days.  As an attempt to be an account of what I can see with my own eyes, it's an attempt to be nonjudgmental (for now). 1. We free ...

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Went to a TEA PARTY

Peter2
almost 4 years ago

So I was a guest on the local Tea Party radio program yesterday.  I disagreed with the tea partisans about everything--mainly to provoke discussion but also because I'm not exactly their kind of conservative.  We parted on good terms, but with them being a bit stunned by my recalcitrance.  They ...

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Obama's Bankrupt Public Philosophy

Missing
almost 4 years ago

So here's  a contribution to a symposium on our president that I wrote in the form of advice.  An excerpt follows: Maybe our president can fend off creeping Tea-Partyism only by becoming realistic about what’s genuinely possible in our time. So far, Obama has been amazingly tone deaf to the ...

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Shameless Self-Promotion!

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almost 4 years ago

I have a new book out!  It's Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for our Future. Here's a review/blurb: Peter Lawler is today’s wisest guide through the conceptual thicket of dignity, virtue, and democracy in America. His usual wit and charm are on display ...

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Being Stuck With Virtue

Rightly-understood
almost 4 years ago

Let me open this blog with a realistic statement: It is and will remain the case that the best way to feel good for members of our species is to be good. It’s obvious to me that the biotechnological promise to free us from the constraints of virtue for the happiness that accompanies pure freedom ...