Oct 042010
 

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<strong>Joseph Raz</strong>, who placed moral reasoning at the heart of legal philosophy, died this month. He was 83&nbsp;

Joseph Raz, who placed moral reasoning at the heart of legal philosophy, died this month. He was 83 
 
 

Was <strong>Oscar Hammerstein II</strong> &mdash; Rodgers collaborator, Sondheim mentor &mdash; the most consequential figure in American musicals?&nbsp;

Was Oscar Hammerstein II — Rodgers collaborator, Sondheim mentor — the most consequential figure in American musicals? 
 
 

<strong>A professor&rsquo;s conundrum</strong>: Are students&rsquo; minds vessels for political transmission, or secret gardens sheltered from politics?&nbsp;

A professor’s conundrum: Are students’ minds vessels for political transmission, or secret gardens sheltered from politics? 
 
 

<strong>Keith Gessen</strong> has written a parenting book. His wife, Emily Gould, calls him &ldquo;the Christopher Columbus of mommy blogging&rdquo;&nbsp;

Keith Gessen has written a parenting book. His wife, Emily Gould, calls him “the Christopher Columbus of mommy blogging” 
 
 

The <strong>history of wiretapping</strong> shows Americans&rsquo; shifting views on surveillance. Their chief reaction now is indifference&nbsp;

The history of wiretapping shows Americans’ shifting views on surveillance. Their chief reaction now is indifference 
 
 

In the chaos of a move, <strong>unpacking books</strong> restores order. So why is Jake Marmer leaving his books boxed?&nbsp;

In the chaos of a move, unpacking books restores order. So why is Jake Marmer leaving his books boxed? 
 
 

When classicists were public intellectuals, none was more ubiquitous than <strong>Gilbert Highet</strong>

When classicists were public intellectuals, none was more ubiquitous than Gilbert Highet
 
 

<strong>Shark week</strong> is a &ldquo;Dumpster fire of nonsense.&rdquo; The animals are less lethal than lawn mowers, toasters, and holes on the beach&nbsp;

Shark week is a “Dumpster fire of nonsense.” The animals are less lethal than lawn mowers, toasters, and holes on the beach 
 
 

"The <strong>scientific revolutions</strong> of the last four centuries took place not just at the same time as ... invasion and enslavement, but because of these things&rdquo;&nbsp;

"The scientific revolutions of the last four centuries took place not just at the same time as ... invasion and enslavement, but because of these things” 
 
 

<strong>Historians of Haiti</strong> are up in arms: <em>The New York Times</em> has intruded on their turf. Their defensiveness is telling

Historians of Haiti are up in arms: The New York Times has intruded on their turf. Their defensiveness is telling
 
 
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