Essays I’ve Written
On this page you’ll find essays I’ve written related to the book.
To see my academic publications, please visit my academic home page at NYU.
Wonderful vs. Wonder-Free Companies. Huffington Post 3/5/2014.
Why Sam Harris is unlikely to change his mind. This View of Life, 2/3/14 (My critique of the rationalist delusion, which I think is common among the New Atheists)
Can you teach businessmen to be ethical? Washington Post, 1/13/14.
Your personality makes your politics. Time, 1/9/14 (Includes a brief on-line and indirect measure of political orientation)
Of Freedom and Fairness. Democracy Journal, Spring 2013. Gives my analysis of the new front line in the American culture war. Now that progressives have decisively won the old culture war over social issues, the new front lines are over economic issues, which are really matters of fairness and liberty.
Moral values and the fiscal cliff. Washington Post, 11/16/12. With Hal Movius, an expert on negotiation. Offers advice on how to negotiate when sacred values make compromise much more difficult.
We need a little fear. New York Times, Op-Ed, 11/7/12. Published on the day after election day. Presents the “asteroids” metaphor, and the claim that each side sees some of the threats facing America but is blind to many of the others.
Romney, Obama, and the new culture war over fairness. Time Magazine, 10/8/12. A close analysis of the “you didn’t build that” and “47%” speeches.
Reasons matter (when intuitions don’t object). New York Times, 10/7/12. This is a response to two essays from philosophers — Michael Lynch and Gary Gutting–critiquing my claims about reason and philosophy.
Look how far we’ve come apart. New York Times, 9/18/12, an explanation of why America is getting so much more polarized.
America’s Painful Divide. Saturday Evening Post, Sept 2012. This is a condensed version of ch. 12.
Born this way? Nature, nurture, narratives, and the making of our political personalities. Cover story in Reason Magazine, May 2012. It’s a modified excerpt from Ch. 12.
Why we love to lose ourselves in religion. CNN.com, 4/1/12.
Forget the money, follow the sacredness. New York Times, 3/19/12.
How to get the rich to share the marbles. New York Times, 2/20/12.
The moral foundations of Occupy Wall Street. Reason Magazine, 10/20/11.
Why we celebrate a killing. New York Times, Op-Ed, 5/7/2011, on the death of Bin Laden.
What the Tea Partiers really want. Wall St. Journal, 10/16/10.