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Leon Wieseltier Critiques Scientism

Writing recently in┬áThe New Republic, Leon Wieseltier gives a very worthy critique of “scientism,” while explaining what a humanist should and does think of science itself. This essay is interesting because it represents something of an “old left” point of view (which, ironically, has a lot in common with an “old right” point of view), […]

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They Reified it Again!?

In his The New Republic review of Eric Nelson’s compelling The Hebrew Republic, Nathan Perl-Rosenthal contrasts Nelson’s narrative of modernity with that of Jonathan Israel, who prioritizes the secularizing trend of Spinoza’s philosophy through the oft-called “Radical Enlightenment” into the present. He writes: The Hebrew Republic boldly claims that the secularism-as-modernism narrative is incomplete at […]