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Archive for January 8th 2010

Ever since President Obama named Reinhold Niebuhr as his favorite philosopher, this mid-20th century public intellectual has been much invoked by pundits and columnists, especially in relation to the president's Nobel acceptance speech defending war as a tool for building peace. Here Drew Christiansen, S.J., argues that a closer examination of Niebuhr's entire career reveals not just a foreign policy realist but a skeptical critic of American exceptionalism. Fr. Christiansen recommends these books for a fuller understanding of Niebuhr's career, as well as a biography of Niebuhr by Richard Wightman Fox. To read the article by David Cortright mentioned during the podcast, click here.

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Thoma Massaro, S.J., a respected social ethicist at Boston College, reviews Michael Sandel's PBS series, "Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do?" based on the Harvard professor's popular course. The 12 episode series can be viewed online at www.justiceharvard.org". Read Father Massaro's written review of the show here.

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