The Calculus of Ought

James Davison Hunter and Paul Nedelisky

Quantification is more than merely a means of communication and persuasion in a fragmented culture.

Into the Whirlpool

Rebecca Lemov

How predictive data put brainwashing on the spin cycle.

Tell Me About Your Mother

Claire Jarvis

The ideal mother, as countless novelists have known, is a dead one.

Mind the Gap

Matt Dinan

Modernity needs to be revealed to us, because it so successfully hides its true character, insulating itself against revision and correction.

Current Issue Current Issue: Questioning the Quantified Life

Questioning the Quantified Life

Numbers may be our greatest tool, but do we use them wisely?


Of Continuing Interest

A selection of articles from the archives

Do Women Exist?

Mary Townsend

We American women do now find ourselves in a bit of an existential predicament with regard to the being-ness of being a woman.

What Is It Like to Be a Man?

Phil Christman

What is this thing we’re trying to be?

A Word on Behalf of Good Haters

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Since some hatred seems universal among human beings, the emotion probably was once evolutionarily advantageous.

On Frank Speech

Matthew B. Crawford

The role of frank speech in democratic culture is something worth considering, especially in light of the renewed ferment over political correctness.