Carl L. Bankston III

The Deterministic Free Will of Daniel C. Dennett

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III One of the greatest philosophical dilemmas posed by the development of the modern scientific view of the world concerns the...

Commencement Controversy

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III There is a very small but symbolically interesting controversy at my university over this year’s recently announced commencement speaker, the...

Bankston: Was That Really Prosperity?

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III During the recent presidential election and in our current “fiscal cliff” debates over tax and spending policies, I’ve heard frequent...

Missiles in the Middle East

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I recently received a call from the Tulane Students for Justice in Palestine for a candlelight vigil "to remember and...

A Philosopher Defends Favoritism

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Steven T. Asma has an interesting article on fairness versus favoritism at The Chronicle of Higher Education website. Favoritism, acting...

Hobbes: A Biography, by A.P. Martinich

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Aloysisus P. Martinich, who holds an endowed chair in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, is an internationally...

Youssef, Nakoula, or Bacile? Man of Many Names Goes to Jail

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Mark Basseley Youssef, also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and best known as Sam Bacile, has been sentenced to a...

UCLA’s Latest Display of Outrage

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III UCLA law professor Richard Sander has been the target of student protests at his university this week. Sander, a critic...

UCLA's Latest Display of Outrage

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III UCLA law professor Richard Sander has been the target of student protests at his university this week. Sander, a critic...

Remembering the Work of Jacques Barzun

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The great teacher, cultural historian and social critic Jacques Barzun died yesterday (October 25, 2012) at the age of 104....

Why Diversity?

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The Fisher affirmative action case has inspired Philosophy professor Chris Surprenant to contribute an excellent opinion piece to today’s New...

Bernard Lewis on the Middle East and Islam—Carl Bankston

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The part of the world dominated by Islam concerns all of us today, as we face a Syria already in...

Affirmative Fantasy

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In one of the latest contributions to the commentary on the Fisher case, sociologist Thomas Espenshade speculates that institutions of...

Class Based Affirmative Action

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The website Inside Higher Education discusses a new report issued by the Century Foundation. Part of the debate on affirmative...

What is Freedom of Expression?

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Even the most ardent devotee of free speech, and I would include myself in that category, will recognize that we...

Corrupt Politics

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III “Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption, and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the...

Fareed Zakaria on the Tension Between Democracy and Liberty

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In earlier posts, I've expressed my scepticism about the possibilities for any system of government that Americans would recognize as...

Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, by Joshua Muravchik

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Visions of an ideal, intentionally designed society are at least as old as the writings of Plato, but only in...

The Arab Fall

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III This past year, when many were waxing euphoric about the “Arab Spring,” I expressed skepticism about the prospects for anything...

Endless Rights and Endless Obligations

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in late 2005, about 5,000 families lived in public housing. Following the storm, rather...