Our thoughts, our ethics, our aesthetics are all, up to a point, defined by our language.
Richard Hofstadter lauded his wife, Beatrice, for her intellectual contributions to his iconic works of history. Is there more to the story?
Lionel Trilling and Jacques Barzun seemed an intellectual odd couple. What made their relationship last?
These days the rhetoric of the meeting and of universities is aimed at getting Ph.D. students out of the professoriate.
It was time to stop disguising my social-media surfing as productivity.
When I lost my son, my personal and scholarly worldview changed forever.
Jared Farmer wants to change the way we think about climate change.
The feeling is endemic to academic life. How can we overcome it?
And the academy only hastens our forgetting.
Academics may be flunking Trump 101, but paying more attention to conservative ideas won’t help.
The quest to quantify everything undermines higher education.
We too often strive for complexity and comprehensiveness in the classroom. Simplicity can be better.
Not long ago, he was an obscure psychology professor. Now he leads a flock of die-hard disciples.
It is not just contributing to this country’s disastrous political condition; it is putting decent civilization at risk.
In shielding students from sexual harassers, professors support a broken system.
Not wanting to do the extra work of managing harassment doesn’t make us fragile.
The academy has always been a hothouse of invidious comparison. This website makes it worse.
The ability to express one's opinion, no matter how unfounded or false, has become the test of free speech. Knowledge is the casualty.
The secret history of conservative foundations’ plans to co-opt scholars and scholarship.
Bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians are to blame.
Thomas Piketty is economics' biggest sensation. He's also the field's fiercest critic.
This little circle of SoCal Straussians became the intellectual hub of Trumpism.
Can Jonathan Haidt calm the culture wars?
The senior African-American scholars I meet are bitter and disheartened. Am I doomed to the same fate?
Robin Hanson wants to do scholarship differently. Is there a place for him in academe?
An unorthodox anthropologist goes face to face with the enemy.
Colleges should incorporate the ugly history of bigotry into their curricula.
Politics thwarts colleges' role in upward mobility.
A Stanford institute could change the way we think about learning.
The Chronicle’s 50th anniversary is an occasion to take stock of the world we cover. What ideas and arguments might shape the next 50 years?