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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The University and the Pursuit of Happiness

Vaidhyanathan proposes an Epicurean approach to enjoying college, focused on contemplation, conversation, and “appreciation of simple tastes and sweet moments.”

By Siva Vaidhyanathan | Vol. 43

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How Our Words Shape Our World

A summary and critical review of a new book by eminent philosopher Charles Taylor, called The Language Animal.

By Julian Baggini | Vol. 42


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Cities, Cancer, & Criminal Justice (The AV Edition)

A summary of this week’s pieces, two podcasts and a TED talk on topics of recurring interest here at New City Commons.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 41

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Josh Yates on the Civic Endowments

Josh Yates of the UVA-based Thriving Cities Project explains the six “civic endowments,” an important framework for leaders interested in pursuing positive social impact.

By Two People Podcast | Vol. 41


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On Public Universities

A summary of this week’s article, an essay by Marilynne Robinson on the value of America’s public universities.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 37

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Save Our Public Universities

What is the true measure of the value of a university?

By Marilynne Robinson | Vol. 37


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Catching Up with Old Friends

This week we bring you three long-form articles either on topics we’ve addressed before or by authors we’d like to commend.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 35


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The Best of 2015, Part 2

A summary of this week’s articles, handpicked by the New City Commons staff from the best pieces they read this year.

By New City Commons Staff | Vol. 30


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The Best of 2015, Part 1

For our last two briefings of 2015, we’ll take a retrospective glance at the last year. Rather than a standard “best-of” list, we’ve chosen to highlight pieces that have stuck with us over time. This means that each...

By New City Commons Staff | Vol. 29

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Education as Introduction to Reality

Education is fundamentally about the achievement of humanity. The fundamental question is not what our children can accomplish, but what they learn to love.

By Robert Spaemann | Vol. 29

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