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.

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Notes from Camp

Ira Glass and Julie Snyder survey the phenomenon of summer camp, in all its weirdness and wonder.

By This American Life | Vol. 52

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End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Have we reached the era of “peak car”? What does the future of urban transportation hold?

By Stephen Moss | Vol. 45

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The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

Humes explores the hidden costs—economic, environmental, and human—of Americans’ dependence on cars.

By Edward Humes | Vol. 44

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Driverless cars are the future. We’re living in the motorised middle ages.

Belam calls the modern traffic jam “awful and primitive”—not to mention inefficient. Is a driverless revolution inevitable?

By Martin Belam | Vol. 44

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Can Wall Street Solve the Water Crisis in the West?

The American West’s water supply is struggling to keep up population growth. Wall Street has a plan—but is it a good one?

By Abrahm Lustgarten | Vol. 35


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Ethics in the Age of Man

A summary of this week’s pieces, which introduce and explore the concept of the Anthropocene, or Age of Man.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 26

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Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos

Crutzen and Schwägerl argue that in the Anthropocene, “it’s we who decide what nature is and what it will be.”

By Paul J. Crutzen and Christian Schwägerl | Vol. 26

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

“Humans have changed the way the world works. Now they have to change the way they think about it, too.”

By The Economist | Vol. 26

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Anthropocene Fever

Purdy’s essay probes the “political, ethical, and aesthetic” dimensions of life in the Anthropocene.

By Jedediah Purdy | Vol. 26

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COP21: A Potluck Dinner in Paris

The logic of this week’s climate change talks in Paris begins not with terrestrial limits, but with human aspirations: what are we capable of?

By John Cassidy | Vol. 26

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