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On Moral Leadership 

NYTCREDIT: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times On this day, hundreds of thousands of people are marching together throughout the world to protest Donald Trump's inauguration yesterday. I write in sympathy with these marchers, with the hope of creating more understanding between the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump, and the 66 million who did not. (Yeah, it's …

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Skeptically Optimistic 

The hat. The slogan is deeply judgmental yet optimistic: "Make America Great Again." Until now, a week away from the inauguration, I've mostly turned a blind eye to it. But there it is, now firmly lodged in our collective imagination. There is some truth in it. K-12 education education in America isn't "great." But it never …

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What’s Not to Like about Innovation? 

Like creativity, innovation is a diffuse concept that requires a significant amount of rehabilitation to be used in an effective, precise way. The two concepts are indeed often intertwined. But I would want to argue that "innovation" is analogous to corporate personhood—and deserving of the same liberal ire. OK, let me unpack this a …

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On unlimited wealth, or the dream of it 

I have begun reading Linchpin by Seth Godin. One topic I find interesting is Godin's support of the idea of an "unlimited" market ("Limited or Unlimited," p. 30). I am always struck by the optimism of this perspective. For on this view, one should not behave as if there is a limited market for goods, …

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Waiting on moral excellence 

It's been a while since I've worked on my essay on retirement and moral achievement. Originally, I set out with two goals. Firstly, I wanted to be pragmatic about the purpose of the essay ("It's for the Baby Boomers"), and write with an appropriate sense of urgency. Secondly, I wanted to settle some philosophical scores …

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Shackled to problem-solving 

This article in the Times provides a brief introduction to a fad that's sweeping through Silicon Valley these days: escapism. Timothy Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, promotes "pulling the plug" on your fast, information-driven life (though no one, it seems, has actually read the book). I admit, it sounds exciting, but then the details …

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Gauguin’s artistic quest to achieve moral excellence 

The following excerpt is from an unpublished essay on Gauguin (the artist) and Genius (the concept). First explored in a chapter in my doctoral dissertation, my argument is that Gauguin was a highly moral person – in spite of his sometimes reckless and irresponsible actions. I think this is an important counterintuitive case, for it …

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