“Pretend It’s a City”: Urban Foundations for Ethical Life

By Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D., Marymount Manhattan College Since the pandemic, I have found myself doing two things that I rarely if ever did in the “before time”:  a) regularly binge-watching TV (no time before!) and b) crossing the street or stepping into the curb to...

The City in a Time of Pandemic: A Public Research Agenda for Philosophers and our Collaborators

By Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D., Marymount Manhattan College I joined a multidisciplinary global network of researchers, The Global Pandemic Network and recently participated in its webinar and launch of working groups on “COVID-19 and Cities, Building Resilience on...

Are Police the Tip of the Iceberg?

By John Kleinig In a recent Guardian op-ed, Brooklyn College’s Alex Vitale repeats his long-term frustration with police, which culminated in his 2017 book, The End of Policing: police should be defunded, not reformed. In a number of respects, his exasperation is...

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Image: Pencil and ink sketch by the article author of a NYC bedroom referencing the original photo of Patricia O’Grady’s room. (* This essay is the second in the series 'Precarious Lives' presented by the author. It was written the month before the COVID-19 pandemic...

A Life’s Worth

By Joseph S. Biehl What makes a life worth living? Or, what might seem a more pertinent question under the current circumstances, what makes a life worth saving? As the city, the nation, and the world struggle to find ways to mitigate the toll of the Covid-19...

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Are Police the Tip of the Iceberg?

Are Police the Tip of the Iceberg?

By John Kleinig In a recent Guardian op-ed, Brooklyn College’s Alex Vitale repeats his long-term frustration with police, which culminated in his 2017 book, The End of Policing: police should be defunded, not reformed. In a number of respects, his exasperation is...

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