Month: July 2014

Violence: Thinking Without Banisters // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Seyla Benhabib has an appreciative review of Richard Bernstein’s latest in the NDPR (not sure how someone didn’t pick out the year of Burke’s Reflections as about 30 years off), a book waiting for me in St. John’s and which seems to go chapter by chapter through works I’ve assigned for my own courses on violence: Violence: Thinking Without Banisters // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame.

Defining Neoliberalism

Robin James gives it a go:

I think the term “neoliberalism” can mean something useful and specific if we’re more cognizant of its use.It seems to me that a lot of the confusion around the term is that it is used in at least two senses: one indicates a period in time, and one indicates an ideology. Just as “the Cold War” or “modernity” can refer to both a historical time-frame and a dominant ideology that shaped that historical period, “neoliberal” can mean both “now” and the ideology that informs this “now.”

via An attempt at a precise & substantive definition of ‘neoliberalism,’ plus some thoughts on algorithms » Cyborgology.

Guest Post: Hear Ye Plebs, a Provost Speaks!

This is some deserved satire of an Inside Higher Ed piece comparing universities to cruise ships.


Inside Higher Ed has a recurring column called Provost Prose. Today’s is about a tropical cruise a provost took his daughter on for her sixteenth birthday (obviously), and the many important direct parallels between that cruise and the modern university customer experience.

Some of my friends did not like this post, and made this known to me. As a result, I put out a call through my high-class back channels until I located a provost of my own, who was also highly offended by this column. He found it “tonedeaf,” he says, to the “real issues provosts face–which, as we know, is the number-one issue of higher education today.” So I asked him if he’d mind writing a short guest post for me–unpaid, of course, because the prestige of appearing on this august blog should be enough. He readily agreed. So here, without further ado, is:


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