Art, in particular fine art, is a political and moral consideration. It is not extrinsic to the discussion of the good life in a good polis.
We should strive to cut down on the meaningless things in our lives, but unless we replace them with something meaningful, such reduction will be a Sisyphean task.
Arguing that Darwinian evolution renders humanity meaningless constitutes a genetic fallacy according to which a thing is no more than the process by which it is made.
We are at an impasse unless public philosophy can show what is clear to reason as a basis for public as well as private life.
Conservatives worried over the “future of think tanks” are right to ensure that advocacy is grounded in thoughtful ideas and policy work. But the think tank has always been an evolving concept, not a rigid model.