What Makes a Woman a Woman: The Case of Caster Semenya
Sugar, spice, and everything nice or snaps, snails, and puppy-dog tails? A controversy over a South African runner makes us ask what boys and girls are made of.
The Real Health-Care Debate
The real health-care debate isn’t whether we should have reform, but which type of reform to pursue: good reform versus bad reform. A senior economist explains how we can make high quality health-care available to all.
Social Conservatism Is Here to Stay
The focus of social conservatives on family and human dignity is as necessary today as ever. Even if today’s hot-button issues fade, social conservatism will still be a force in our political life
What’s Really the Matter With Pop Music?
Popular music shapes us and our culture, but not only through its lyrics.
The Pop-Culture Wars
If we take seriously what is said by Plato and Aristotle, then we must also pay attention to what is being said by the likes of Taylor Swift and Kanye West.
What Is Public Discourse?
If citizens and politicians believe that victory is to the loudest, or to the most dramatic, then loud and dramatic they will be. The process of public discourse, by contrast, is often deliberative, difficult, and slow. Its participants must, on occasion, “dare to be boring.”
All in the Family
Though there is no hope of having a morally neutral definition of marriage, it is possible to have one based on human nature and supported by sound reasoning.
The Conscientious Engagement of Yves Simon
Yves Simon’s fierce moral intelligence highlights the sad decay of our public deliberation, but his example also gives cause for hope.