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What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

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The True

On Work, Education, & Meaning

A summary of this week’s articles, which offer reflections on the nature of work, education, and meaning in the late modern world.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 13

The Good

On the American Religious Marketplace

This week we highlight some of the findings of the Pew Research Center’s recently published survey on religious belief in America.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 12

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The Sustainable

On Medicine and Morality

This week we highlight the recent work of physician and writer Atul Gawande, a keen observer of the social pressures on the vocation of medicine in our time.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 11

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The Good

On Disability

This week’s articles highlight the work of Jean Vanier, founder of an international network of communities for the intellectually disabled called L'Arche.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 10

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The Just

On Religion & Politics in a Secular Age

This week we report on several theologians’ attempts to make sense of the diversification of religious expression in the modern world.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 9

The Just

On Crime and Punishment

In light of tragic abuses of criminal justice, how are we to think about the role of lawmakers and law enforcers in a just and well-ordered society?

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 8

The Good

On the Ethics of Gene Editing

This week’s articles explore the rise of a powerful biotechnology called “germline editing,” which may point beyond itself to a deep truth about our social order.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 7

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The True

Vocation, Virtue, and Roger Federer

An introduction to this week’s Culture Briefing, which includes reflections on vocation, virtue, the nature of professions, and Roger Federer.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 6

The True

Apple Watch, Ivy Leagues, & Adulthood

An introduction to this week's Culture Briefing, which includes articles on the Apple Watch, the Ivy League, and the nature of adulthood.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 5

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The Prosperous

On Technology & Prosperity

An introduction to this week’s Culture Briefing, which addresses both the benefits and the discomfort caused by technological advances.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 4

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