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The Evening of Life

Fall 2018 (20.3)

The “evening of life,” as Kierkegaard dubbed life’s closing chapter, is not a stage that we Americans are particularly well disposed to handle. In a culture that celebrates youth and vitality as the summum bonum, old age and its attendant frailties seem more like shameful system failures than inevitable realities from which we might learn. It need not be this way. In this issue, we address aging and dying from a number of vantage points: socio-economic, personal, literary, and medical—all with the aim of recovering the meaning and value of life in its twilight hours.

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Identities—What Are They Good for?

The Hedgehog ReviewSummer 2018 (20.2)

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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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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All Work, No Ethic

The Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report doesn’t address the condition of the social contract or work-related anxiety or despair. | Read post >>>

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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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