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 Prosperous

On Silicon Valley and the Changing Nature of Work

A summary of this week’s articles, which center on the nature and influence of Silicon Valley's work culture.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 20


The Good

On Christianity and Sports in America

A summary of this week’s articles, which highlight the intersection of Christianity and sports in America.

By Clay Cooke | Vol. 19

The Just

On Race, Respectability, and Hope

A summary of this week’s articles, which highlight thoughtful contributions to the national conversation on racial inequity.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 18

The Good

Conversation, Connection, & “Creatives”

A persistent fear in late modern life is that, for all their benefits, the introduction of various forms of technology into social life will leave us more estranged from one another. If, as Phillip Blond has said, loneliness is the modern human...

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 17


The Good

On Fear

An introduction to Marilynne Robinson’s essay on fear, a piece we think is so worthy of your attention that we are choosing to let it stand alone in this week’s briefing.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 16


The Good

On Death and Dignity

A summary of this week's articles, which reckon with the ethical challenges posed by phsyician-assisted dying.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 15


The Just

Katrina, After Ten Years

A summary of this week’s set of articles on Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophe that revealed much about the elements of civic thriving even as it stripped them away.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 14


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


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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