A life we can take pride in having lived

Ronald Dworkin rethinks what it means to live a good life @ The New York Review of Books. Plato and Aristotle treated morality as a genre of interpretation. They tried to show the true character of each of the main moral and political virtues (such as honor, civic responsibility, and justice), first by relating each… Read more »

Incomprehensible monuments of otherness

Rob Horning considers the experience of travel as a way out of consumer culture @ The New Inquiry. It has become harder to escape feeling like a tourist. Part of this is because cities are becoming more indistinguishable. In his essay “The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction” philosopher Boris Groys notes how the… Read more »

The Fame Machine

John Tresch considers the technologies of fame from Gilgamesh to Facebook @ Lapham’s Quarterly. “The Fame Machine,” a brief satire included in French author Auguste de Villiers de L’Isle-Adam’s collection of 1883, Cruel Tales, asks in precise, concrete terms just what celebrity is. Fame—or “la gloire” in the original, which means glory and renown, as… Read more »