Suggested Readings: Defining Ideas

June 22, 2015

The Reader Crowned with Flowers (Jean Baptiste Camille Corot)

The Reader Crowned with Flowers
(Jean Baptiste Camille Corot)

This week, I offer discussions of some important ideas currently in the public debate: protected liberties, poverty, and justice. In “What ‘Liberties” Does the Constitution Protect?,” Hadley Arkes challenges what we mean (or have meant) by “liberty” or “liberties” in this country. Researchers Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield present their findings in a study of poverty in the US in “Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today?” (from 2011). In “The Meaning of Justice,” Russell Kirk presents a history of the many ways societies have defined “justice.” (This last is an older article, but worth reading.)

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