Reimagining the Common Good

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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.

The True

On Staying Curious

Three recommendations on the topic of how to stay curious.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 113

The Good

On Reality TV

While many decry the merging of news and entertainment, few pay attention to the downstream powerful effects of reality TV on our public life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 107

The True

On Going to College (and Growing Up)

As students of all ages celebrate graduations, and teachers strike across the country, it’s a good time to think deeply about the value and purpose of education, and its role in the mysterious phenomenon called “growing up.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 107

The Good

On Evangelicalism

This week we continue a conversation that surfaced in multiple episodes of the Vocation & the Common Good podcast, about the state of evangelicalism in America.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 103

The True

Culture Briefing’s Greatest Hits

We take a look back our favorite pieces from the first 100 volumes of Culture Briefing: the “Prom Kings,” the “Dark Horses,” and the “Unsung Heroes.”

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 100

The Prosperous

On Work and Boredom

This week, we bring you three pieces on the lived experience of workers in the knowledge economy.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 97

The Beautiful

On Monument Wars, Revisited

In light of recent events in our hometown of Charlottesville, we return to a previous volume—“On Monument Wars”—with comments and...

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 96

The Beautiful

On Monument Wars (Vol. 80)

Two pieces on the so-called “monument wars”—ongoing debates about efforts to remove or dramatically re-contextualize particular public memorials.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 96

The Just

On Poverty and Housing

Why can’t the poor afford the housing they need? Part of the problem is that tax policies intended to incentivize homeownership disproportionately benefit wealthier homeowners, and provide no support to poor renters.

By Philip Lorish & Madison Fisher | Vol. 95

The Sustainable

On Living Off the Grid

Our subjects this week have one thing in common: they’ve all taken imaginative off-ramps from modern life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 94

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