The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog Review

Meritocracy and its Discontents

The Hedgehog ReviewVol. 18, No. 2 (Summer 2016)

From the Editor


On Frank Speech

Matthew B. Crawford

Better Living Through Bibliotherapy

Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon

The Young, the Uneasy

Joseph E. Davis

No Ordinary Place

Clare Coffey

meritocracy and its discontents

The New Ruling Class

Helen Andrews

A Distant Elite: How Meritocracy Went Wrong

Wilfred M. McClay

Just Deserts

Robert H. Frank


On the Business of Philosophy

Universalist Grandeur and Analytic Philosophy

Richard Rorty

Pining Away in the Midst of Plenty: The Irony of Rorty’s Either/Or Philosophy

Susan Haack

Rorty’s Idealism

Matthew B. Crawford

Just Who Is It That We Have Become? Rorty’s Hegelianism

Robert B. Pippin


A Word on Behalf of Good Haters

Jeffrie G. Murphy

The Unhappiness of Happiness

William M. Chace

The Murderer’s Mother

John J. Lennon


The Limits of Critique by Rita Felski and Self and Soul: In Defense of Ideals by Mark Edmundson

Reviewed by B.D. McClay

The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data by Michael Patrick Lynch

Reviewed by Chad Wellmon

The Racial Order by Mustafa Emirbayer and Matthew Desmond and Grounds for Difference by Rogers Brubaker

Reviewed by Jeffrey Guhin

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth by A.O. Scott

Reviewed by Asher Gelzer-Govatos

The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism by Yuval Levin

Reviewed by Ryan Shinkel



Jay Tolson

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