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 17, 2014

A weekly roundup from The Hedgehog Review | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

So Who Edits Google?

We are only now beginning to understand why the unstated norms that shape the design and use of computational algorithms need to be made more explicit—and therefore subject to critical public debate. For now, Google and Facebook don't have mastheads or editorial pages. The names of the people who make judgments about what an algorithm does are hidden. All we have is the veneer of mechanical neutrality and the invocation of an objectivity that operates beyond the human. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Why Cities Need the Arts: An Interview With Chris Yates—Part 1

An interview with philosopher and artist Chris Yates detailing the importance of art for cities and communities | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Fellows Afternoon Tea

22 October 2014

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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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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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