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 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 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

The True

In Case You Missed It: Pulitzer Edition

This week, we seek to draw your attention to three Pulitzer winners we’ve featured in the recent past. By highlighting important pieces, we aim to shed light on the world you woke up in.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 93

The Good

On Becoming Instafamous

This week’s pieces explore two examples of new cultural authorities emerging in “the collapsing distance between brand and life”: “vanlife” and the “mommy blog.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 92

The Prosperous

On Gamification

This week’s pieces track the migration of game design into multiple domains of life.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 91

The Sustainable

On Deaths of Despair

Deaths by drugs, alcohol, and suicide—what researchers call “deaths of despair”—are rising in nearly every area of the nation. How did we get here?

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 90

The True

On Free Speech, Work, and Dignity

This week’s pieces address shifting norms in public discourse, particularly on college campuses, and public proposals for stabilizing America’s labor market.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 89

The Good

On Loneliness and Addictive Technology

This week’s pieces bridge two of our standing interests: the quiet desperation of loneliness in America, and the role our gadgets play in reshaping social life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 88

The Prosperous

On a Universal Basic Income, Part 2

The UBI presses on one of our most deeply held convictions: that our jobs (or lack thereof) are essential to our identities.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 87

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