The Boundaries of Justice
December 14, 2011

David Hume was born three hundred years ago, in 1711. The world has changed radically since his time, and yet many of his ideas and admonitions remain deeply relevant, though rather neglected, in the contemporary world. These Humean insights include the central role of information and knowledge for adequate ethical scrutiny, and the importance of reasoning without disowning the pertinence of powerful sentiments.

Untouched by Spring
December 14, 2011

The French political scientist Stéphane Lacroix begins this recently translated book with the assertion that “Saudi Arabia has remained a persistent b

Liberalism and Concealment
December 13, 2011

The question often arises whether the government should force individuals to keep intimate information private so that they do not later regret its di

December 12, 2011

Ned O’Gorman examines four strategies articulated in the early years of the Cold War: containment, massive retaliation, liberation, and deterrence. Si

What is Jewish Literature?
December 08, 2011

Dan Miron, the foremost Israeli critic and scholar of modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature, asks a big question: what is Jewish literature, or to be m

The Border
December 07, 2011

The Berlin Wall was the most visible part of the Iron Curtain but it constituted only a small part of the border that divided the two Germanys—a point

The Individual Soul
December 06, 2011

Writing the story of the Holocaust is a futile ambition—not because the events of 1939 to 1945 are too horrible to be told, but because they are too v

The Road to Slaughter
December 05, 2011

Sean McMeekin argues in this new book that Russia’s real aim all along was to use any and every opportunity finally to gain access to the Mediterranea

The Discoverer
December 01, 2011

Great photography is, to an almost extraordinary degree, the expression of a voracious curiosity. Whether he is studying the geology of Yosemite or th