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Current Issue

Identities—What Are They Good for?

Summer 2018 (20.2)

Identity is too much with us late and soon, figuring prominently in clashes over diversity, multiculturalism, political correctness, offensive speech, “deplorable” voters, and arrogant elites. Are there more commodious forms of identity, including a rekindled and truly civic nationalism, that can bring not just tolerance but a sense of mutuality across some of the most politically heated identity divides? It is an irony—perhaps even a tragic one—that the only way out of the identity trap is through it. How we negotiate that irony is one of the distinctive challenges of our modern condition.

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The Human and the Digital

The Hedgehog ReviewSpring 2018 (20.1)

Are we ready for digitopia? What we might be risking when we opt for, or succumb to, the ease, efficiency, and beguilements of online life? Many claim that the digitally enhanced life extends the capacities and potentials of the human being. But growing evidence suggests that such a regime may distort or diminish what makes us human.

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The End of the End of History?

The Hedgehog ReviewFall 2017 (19.3)

Is it time to declare the end of the end of history? Are we witnessing the exhaustion, or tragic collapse, of the once-vital liberal tradition that supported our politics, both progressive and conservative, and which made politics a (relatively) civil enterprise, and compromise a desirable outcome of that enterprise? The questions are urgent and the stakes are high, not only for America and other liberal democracies but for a global order built on faith in the universal worth of liberal principles.

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From our Recent Issues

From Summer 2015 (17.2)

The Flesh Made Word: Tattoos, Transgression, and the Modified Body

As we begin to view body modification as an expression of individual aesthetic preference and less as a marker of deviant behavior, cultural theorists have a harder time making sense of it. | Read article >>>

From Spring 2018 (20.1)

Virtuosos of Idleness

Virginia Woolf observed that in idleness, the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. | Read article >>>

From Spring 2018 (20.1)

Digital Metaphysics: The Cybernetic Idealism of Warren McCulloch

We shouldn’t confuse the pragmatic success of algorithms with the structure of reality. | Read article >>>

From Spring 2018 (20.1)

Just Staying in Touch?

What has been the fate of phatic communication in social media? | Read article >>>

From Fall 2017 (19.3)

The Tragedy of Liberalism

Our political system trumpets liberty, but inescapably creates conditions of powerlessness. | Read article >>>


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About The Review

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.

The Hedgehog Review publishes insightful essays and reviews by scholars and cultural critics focused on the most important questions of our day:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How do we live with our deepest differences?
  • What is the good life? The good community? The good world?

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Published three times a year by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, The Hedgehog Review offers critical reflections on contemporary culture—how we shape it, and how it shapes us.

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