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McKibben on Divestment
College

Photos of the Weekend (04/12/2015)

The Most Good You Can Do
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Philosopher Peter Singer Discusses Effective Altruism

Philosopher Peter A. D. Singer spoke about the philosophy behind effective altruism to a packed auditorium at the Science Center on Sunday.

College

Snow Days by Concentration

Now that everyone has frolicked sufficiently, snow days have become a time for learned contemplation. FM considers how students of various concentrations can best use their time off.

Colton A. Valentine
Endpaper

PLUR As Told By Heidegger

Chances are if you’re reading The Harvard Crimson, you’ve never heard of Peace Love Unity Respect. The acronym is a silly combination of sounds—a feline’s pleasure with an extra letter snuck in—and the cliché it stands for wouldn't last a minute in college classrooms. But since the ’90s, PLUR’s been a credo and a life philosophy for rave subculture. This summer it became my personal mantra. This fall I’ve decided it was Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger’s as well.

Humanities and Sciences
Humanities Division

Humanities and Sciences

Harvard College Prof. Steven A. Pinker engaged in a conversation about the transcendence of the humanities and sciences with Edgar Pierce Prof. Susanna C. Siegel in light of the recent discussions about the importance of the humanities compared to the sciences.

Humanities and Sciences
Humanities Division

Profs Argue for Integration of Sciences, Humanities

Psychology professor Steven A. Pinker and Philosophy professor Susanna Siegel talked about integrating the sciences and humanities.

Cornel West on Virtue
Student Groups

Cornel West on Virtue

Cornel R. West ’73, right, spoke in Emerson Hall on Thursday, April 10 as part of a discussion held by the Black Men’s Forum. West spoke to the importance of cultivating virtue and compassion in the United States.

On Campus

In Search of the Mask

For the past few years, professor Sean D. Kelly, chair of Harvard’s Philosophy Department, has been searching for a copy of Blaise Pascal’s death mask that just might be lost in Harvard’s collection. After little success, he recently offered an automatic A to any student in his “Existentialism in Literature and Film” class who can find the mask.

Theater

Daniel W. Erickson

In that rare moment of calm I can’t help but wonder what new idea has seized control of him, and what form it will take when he decides to share it.

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N.T. Wright, University of St. Andrew's Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, discusses the purpose of the Bible during the Veritas Forum on Sunday night in Memorial Church.

Sean Kelly
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Sean Kelly

Harvard philosophy professor Sean Kelly discusses the purpose of the Bible during a forum last November Memorial Church.

Scrutiny

Same Story, New Book: Repackaging Humanities at Harvard

Recently, national news outlets have declared a crisis of the humanities. But at Harvard, the plot gets more complicated. The challenges facing Harvard's humanities necessitate changes to course offerings far more than the core of the humanistic enterprise.

Philosophy

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Government professor Michael J. Sandel delivers a “Justice” lecture in Sanders Theatre in a December 2012 file photo. Sandel’s teaching in the edX “Justice” course was criticized by philosophy professors at San Jose State University.

Philosophy

San Jose State Professors Criticize edX as ‘Social Injustice’

The Philosophy Department at San Jose State University condemned Harvard government professor Michael J. Sandel’s teaching of the edX course ER22x: “Justice” in an open letter sent this week.

On Campus

That Pesky Language Requirement was Just as Pesky in 1955

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

Massachusetts Hall
FAS

Graduate Students Start Movement To Unionize

Central Administration

Amidst Title IX Debate, Law Faculty Raise Governance Concerns

John Stilgoe Office
College

John Stilgoe’s Secret History

Big States, Little States
College

Beyond Boston: Regional Diversity at Harvard