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IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2012-2013 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Minding Our Minds

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

The Hedgehog’s Array: October 24, 2014

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The Infernal Machine

John Searle and the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

It is at the point of this speculative possibility that Searle’s argument becomes both more interesting and more problematic, for it probes—somewhat indirectly, but powerfully nonetheless—the significance of the “artificial,” a category under which we can put both “art,” “artifice,” and certainly “technology.” | Read post >>>

Common Place

Cities, Water, and the Fabric of Sustainability

With the world's population rapidly moving to cities, sustainability issues such as energy, water, and food, will increasingly be urban concerns. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Public Lecture - "The Place of Prejudice"

31 October 2014

Adam Sandel (Harvard University) | Public Lecture

Institute Seminar Series - "'Practices' in Lab Science"

7 November 2014

Paul Scherz (Catholic University) | Seminar

Fellows Afternoon Tea

12 November 2014

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Institute Seminar Series - "A Confident Pluralism"

21 November 2014

John Inazu (Washington University) | Seminar

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Matthew Puffer

Featured Fellow

Matthew Puffer

Postdoctoral Fellow

Matthew Puffer received a PhD in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture) from the University of Virginia in 2014. His research explores the implications of different normative visions of the human person in religious and practical ethics. Puffer holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. He has published articles on the ethics of war, lying, and responsible action in Modern Theology, in the International Journal of Systematic Theology, and in edited volumes. He co-edited the forthcoming four-volume collection, Comparative Religious Ethics:...

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