Reimagining the Common Good


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 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 Just

Law and Grace

Stuntz, the late Harvard and Virginia law professor, questions religious communities’ historic fervor to turn “vice” into “crime.”

By William J. Stuntz | Vol. 8

The Just

Our ‘Broken System’ of Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens summarizes and comments on Stuntz’s important and prescient 2011 work, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice.

By John Paul Stevens | 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

The Good

The Genesis Engine

Amy Maxmen explains that any human embryo altered with CRISPR today would carry the risk that its genome had been altered in unexpected ways.

By Amy Maxmen | Vol. 7

The Good

Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR

The hosts of WNYC’s Radiolab expand on the science behind CRISPR and identify the inability to skirt the basic moral dilemmas surrounding this technological development.

By Radiolab | Vol. 7

The Good

Altering Genetic Material: A Line That Should Not Be Crossed

Dr. Macklin, a professor at the Einstein College of Medicine in NYC, makes the case that editing human embryos’ genes—even to fight disease—“should not be attempted.”

By Ruth Macklin | Vol. 7

The Good

To the Crack of Doom

The editors of The Economist announce the first attempt at CRISPR-based experimentation on human embryos, by a group of Chinese scientists.

By The Economist | Vol. 7

The Good

Engineering the Perfect Baby

An extended look at advances in germline editing, made possible by a powerful new genetic technology called CRISPR.

By Antonio Regalado | Vol. 7


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

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