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Judging Other Cultures

Frank Michelman and Atilio A. Boron on democracy, and responses to Yael Tamir on cliterodectomy from Martha C. Nussbaum, Jessica Neuwirth, and others.  Also: Daniel C. Dennett responds to Allen Orr’s review of Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Alan Stone reviews John Sayles’ Lone Star, and more.

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Democracy Project

Democracy and Positive Liberty
Frank Michelman

Democracy or Neoliberalism?
Atilio A. Boron


The Master of Ceremonies
Charles Simic

Creatures of the Right
Fred Block

High Windows and Four-Letter Words
Stephanie Burt

The Prophet of Hope
Alan A. Stone

The Autumn of the Nostalgiacrats
Marc Haefele

Nelson
Michael Hawley

The Worry of the Far Right
Liam Rector


Judging Other Cultures
Replies to Yael Tamir’s “Hands Off Clitoridectomy” by Martha C. Nussbaum, Jessica Neuwirth, Frances Kamm, and Robert P. George. Yael Tamir replies.


Poet’s Sampler
Willard Spiegelman introduces Robert Hahn

The Scope of Natural Selection
Daniel Dennett replies to “Dennett’s Strange Idea.” H. Allen Orr replies.

Again, From the Beginning
Claudia Keelan


Poetry Reviews

The Chain by Tom Sleigh
Peter Sacks

Meadowlands by Louise Glück
Elizabeth Macklin


Prose Reviews

The Life of God (As Told By Himself) by Franco Ferrucci
Allison Stark Draper

Slowness by Milan Kundera
Erik Rieselbach

Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music by Simon Frith
Ivan Krielkamp

Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship by J. M. Coetzee
Mark Sanders


Dunkin’ DonutsSomerville, Mass.
Rebecca Kaiser

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