Topic: Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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  • A Place in the Country

    Essays from the author of 'Austerlitz' offer clues to the inner life of a beloved but often enigmatic writer.

  • 10 reasons NOT to love books (compliments of H.L. Mencken)

    Books may seem universally beloved, but these historical persons, from Martin Luther to Woodrow Wilson, weren't such big fans.

  • Political misquotes: The 10 most famous things never actually said

    Political misquotes: The 10 most famous things never actually said

    Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty!" Ilsa Laszlow never said, "Play it again, Sam," and Sherlock Holmes never said, "Elementary, my dear Watson." But these misquotes remain firmly lodged in the public consciousness, even though they appear nowhere in the original works. The same is true for things "said" – that is, widely attributed to, but not actually said – by political figures. Sometimes a misquote is cooked up by opponents or parodists as a way of discrediting or mocking the figure. Sometimes a line is attributed to a widely admired person as a way of making it sound more authoritative, like when someone co-signs a loan. And sometimes it's just a mistake. Here are 10 of the most widely believed – but completely bogus – things ever "said" by political figures.

  • The Social Animal

    The Social Animal

    New York Times columnist David Brooks uses brain science theory to argue that culture – and not reason – shapes our decisions.

  • Opinion On its 150th anniversary, US Civil War matters more than ever

    The conflict between North and South stands as one of the only civil wars in human history that did not end in monarchy or dictatorship. Its lessons hold enduring value for the modern struggle to defend liberal democratic principles without compromising them in times of existential crisis.

  • Five of world's biggest tsunamis

    Five of world's biggest tsunamis

    A tsunami triggered by a 8.9-magnitude earthquake swamped Japan's northeast coast Friday, picking up cars, ships and houses as it surged as much as three miles inland. The wave generated by the quake, whose epicenter was 80 miles offshore of Sendai, was as high as 30 feet in some spots. There is no official death toll yet, but Japanese officials reported that as many as 300 people have been killed in the city of Sendai alone. But despite the alarming footage of entire houses moving across land, this most recent tsunami was relatively small in size compared to others throughout history. Here are the five of the worst tsunamis on record.

  • What's fueling political attacks?

    ThinkMarkets What's fueling political attacks?

    Two fundamental visions of human nature lie behind political rhetoric: Do limited individuals need institutions like markets to aggregate the knowledge of many? Or can humans unlimited in both intelligence and morality decide what's best for society?

  • Is it art? For performance artist Tino Sehgal, it's immaterial.

    Is it art? For performance artist Tino Sehgal, it's immaterial.

    A new interactive installation at the Guggenheim Museum draws onlookers into a conversation that itself becomes part of the art.

  • Opinion America's got to end its deadly devotion to democracy

    Washington needs to rid itself of the politically correct attitude that all nations are capable of becoming sustainable democracies.

  • Opinion Want less, spend less – wealth is relative to desire

    It's when we are satisfied with what we have, that we become rich.

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