Monthly Archives: June 2012

“You Can’t Reason with a Crazy Person”: The Un-politics of American political discourse

By James Dennis LoRusso Were you to travel one segment of the Eisenhower Expressway in Illinois this morning, you might discover a curious billboard.  The display features a mugshot of Ted Kaczynski, the self-confessed “Unabomber,” coupled with the question, “I … Continue reading

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Compare, Comparing, Comparison

By Matt Sheedy For the past few years I have taught a class called ethics in world religions, which I inherited—textbook and all—from a course designed for on-line consumption. While I had initial reservations about teaching from a standard phenomenological … Continue reading

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Academic Habits

I don’t think that my job as a teacher is to give students “facts” for them to evaluate; more likely, my job is to teach them how historically variable frameworks of understanding both make facts come into existence and make … Continue reading

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Of Stampedes and Economics

By Deeksha Sivakumar The Juggernaut makes an appearance again. The recent stampede during the Mrugasira Fish Therapy has melded several myths surrounding Hindu rituals. A ritual that arguably combines religion and science, Fish Therapy invites several thousands of devotees and … Continue reading

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This Week in Religion: Matisyahu’s Transformation, the Church of Batman, and Trumpism.

Some six months after the Orthodox-reggae-hip-hop star Matisyahu shaved his beard, he recently “posted [online] a picture of himself not wearing a kippah, and then another one that showed him sitting next to another musician who was smoking a joint.” … Continue reading

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Why Does It Have to Be So Complicated?

People often complain about the difficulty level of readings in the humanities and social sciences, especially when it comes to critical theory. Why does it have to be so complicated?  Why so technical? Why so many neologisms? Why doesn’t the … Continue reading

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A Bit of Relief for Independent Scholars in the Pacific Northwest

By Philip L. Tite Academia is composed of various levels of social stratification and inequalities. Hierarchal structures between administrators and faculty, faculty and students, and different ranks of faculty (assistant professor, associate professor, full professor in the North American system … Continue reading

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