Contributing Scholars

Destroying Medieval Books – And Why That’s Useful

By Erik Kwakkel This post was originally posted at Medieval Books, and is posted here with Dr. Kwakkel's permission.  Old furniture, broken cups, worn-out shoes and stinky mattresses:...

Chicago Protests and Social Movement Arrogance

"And these children that you spit on, as they try to change their world" The observation goes back at least to Bertrand Russell of an inverse...

What a Flag Has to Do with Justice

The June 2015 murders in Charleston, South Carolina, have prompted a remarkable cultural shift in the American South. States around the region are removing...

Is Envy Always Malicious? (Part One)

Imagine you check your email and find a congratulatory message from your boss announcing that your colleague has just been promoted. This colleague joined...

American History and the Ethics of Memory

This post originally appeared August 11, 2015. When I was in graduate school, I walked almost every day past a rock bearing a plaque that...

From Outrage to Integration

This post originally appeared on July 20, 2015. On my way to lunch the other day, about a week after the horrific shootings in Charleston,...

Why Act When It Doesn’t Make a Difference?

This post originally appeared on May 28, 2015. I’ve got a friend who’s suffering from depression. He’s been holed up in his house for the...

The Value of Suffering

A while ago I was about to embark in a long air travel and wanted something to read. I was in a town with...

Using History to Make Slavery History

This is the third in a series about American History and the Ethics of Memory. This post originally appeared on November 17, 2015. "Using History to...

Will climate divestment work?

Guest post by Rich Cameron, Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePauw UniversityScott Wisor recently wrote a post titled “Why Climate Change Divestment Will Not...