Political Philosophy Can Enable Social Change

I often wonder if there is a relationship between philosophy and social change. As I both study the humanities and want to further positive social change, this question is practically important to me. One way in which philosophy is thought to be able to generate new political and ethical ideas

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We Cannot Exempt Ourselves from Criticism in the Name of Free Speech

It’s fairly common to invoke the term “free speech” to criticize campus activism. The obvious problem with this criticism is that protests are not suppressions of free speech; they are examples of it. Campus activists are not engaging in systematic violence or censorship against people with political opinions that differ from

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On the “Reproducibility Crisis” in the Sciences

The field of psychology is in crisis. A recent project designed to test the veracity of many experiments in social psychology has returned disappointing results. The Reproducibility Project, an organized effort to reproduce the effects of several studies published in the psychological literature, only succeeded in replicating 36 percent of the studies

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In Defense of an Academically Rigorous Image of Pomona

Two weeks ago, TSL published an opinion piece by Chuck Herman PO '14 decrying Pomona College's most recent batch of application essay prompts. According to Herman, these essay questions—focusing on Pomona's academic offerings, such as ID1 seminars and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program—gives unfair advantage to those from more privileged backgrounds in Pomona's

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