Carl L. Bankston III

More “Civic Engagement”

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III My university is now considering a proposal to make “public service” and “civic engagement” part of the tenure consideration process....

The Spending and the Debt Continue

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Like most other people who have family incomes below $450,000, I was happy that Congress avoided the looming large increase...

PBS on Spending and Saving—Bankston

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The PBS Newshour showed an interesting, although somewhat oversimplified and misleading, segment on the spending vs. saving dilemma. Considering this...

“Creating, Promoting, and Enforcing” Opinions in the Marketplace of Ideas

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I was disappointed to read that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District has upheld the firing of...

Bankston—Jonathan Israel’s, “Radical Enlightenment”

Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750 BY CARL L. BANKSTON III By the end of the European middle ages, a Christianized version of Aristotelian philosophy...

A Response to Scott Cowen on Universities and the “Fiscal Cliff”

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Scott Cowen, the president of my university, has an opinion piece on the “fiscal cliff” issue on the Huffington Post...

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...