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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure

The origin of The Coddling of the American Mind occurred over lunch in May of 2014, with Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in attendance.  Lukianoff had asked Haidt to help him make sense of a puzzle he had noticed emerging over the past year or two.  Historically, students had consistently opposed administrative calls for campus..

Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Analysis

Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Analysis

In 2016 Jonathan Haidt framed the tensions in academia as representing a conflict between two incompatible sacred values, truth and social justice. He proposed that it would be better to have an explicit schism, with each institution openly choosing its side, as Brown University (for social justice) and the University of Chicago (for truth) have..

towards an ethics of activism

Towards An Ethics of Activism

Social justice activism has reached unprecedented levels of prominence in U.S. public consciousness in the last several years. Movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, intersectional feminism, transgender rights, indigenous sovereignty, and more have broached conversations in popular culture and media. And yet, the internal conditions of social justice communities are plagued with messy relational conflicts. Both newcomers..

unwanted advances

Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus

Laura Kipnis does not care if you don’t appreciate her oppositional position – or her sense of humor. “Kiss my ass,” she states in the penultimate paragraph of the 34-page introduction to her new book, “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.”

Her new book grabs readers’ attention in ways that cause both pleasure and discomfort. Perhaps not surprising, then, she is facing a gag order of sorts and a lawsuit filed by a graduate student at Northwestern University whom she writes about in the book.

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Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University

Why was the modern research university created? In his latest book Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University, Chad Wellmon, Associate Professor of German Studies and History at the University of Virginia, tackles this question, arguing that the research university was a technology created to assuage anxieties about a surfeit..

Political Correctness and the Destruction of Social Order

Political Correctness and the Destruction of Social Order: Chronicling the Rise of the Pristine Self

Below is a chapter from my forthcoming book Political Correctness and the Destruction of Social Order: Chronicling the Rise of the Pristine Self by Palgrave Macmillan. The book develops a psychoanalytic theory of political correctness and the pristine self, which is a self touched by nothing but love. It explores the damage that they can do to..