Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Wednesday
Feb172016

Loss of materiality

A piece by Fabrice Hadjadj.
Sunday
Feb072016

The truth as sacred

An interview with Jonathan Haidt on academic totalitarianism. As a social psychologist, he typically ignores the philosophical root of the problem: the idea that power is everything, and knowledge a tool to obtain it. When Haidt says that social psychology is "first and foremost about changing the world, rather than understanding it," he seems unaware of being quoting almost verbatim Marx's 11th Thesis on Feuerbach. The idea that the truth is more important that ideology ("justice") is not to be taken for granted.
Tuesday
Feb022016

The real divide

Rusty Reno on what's shaping US politics.
Saturday
Jan302016

Symbol and reality

Tuesday
Jan192016

Democratic, over-specialized and utilitarian

Nietzsche's critique of modern education sounds eerily relevant.
Friday
Jan152016

Soldiering on

An interview with Paul Bhatti.
Wednesday
Jan062016

Identity crisis

Brendan O'Neill points out that today's fixation with identity is a symptom of a massive loss of it.
Thursday
Dec172015

Participation

An essay by Greg Wolfe.
Wednesday
Dec092015

There is nothing cool

Lisa Ruddick on contemporary trends in literary criticism.
Wednesday
Dec022015

Will to power

The new understanding of dignity.
Wednesday
Dec022015

A different kind of humanism

This man sounds very interesting.
Tuesday
Nov172015

Meaning through self-sacrifice

Young people need something to give their life for.
Sunday
Nov152015

At least it' an ethos

Douthat again on the situation in the universities.
Saturday
Nov072015

Imitating Christ

René Girard has died.
Saturday
Oct312015

Dear Professors

Ross Douthat politely ridicules his critics.