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Volume 26, Issue 1 (2017) – Morality, Ideology, and Culture
There is perhaps no area of our lives which is untouched by changing moral beliefs and ideologies. This issue brings to light but a few consequences of contemporary ideas upon our society and forms of cultural production. Particular topics expounded span from shifts in educational philosophies to the where comedy stands, from modes of personal development to bridging gaps between past, present, and future.
Volume 25, Number 1 (2017) – A Survey of Ethical Systems
In this issue, you will find an investigation of some rival ethical theories, two (timely) perspectives on Brexit, an interview with Professor David Bromwich, and more.
Volume 24, Number 1 (2016) – Survival Guide
With this publication, L&T challenges all 1,373 members of the Class of 2020 to rethink the way they live and to examine rigorously the core assumptions of their personal philosophies. Though intended for freshmen, the Survival Guide features both cultural critique and satire that may yet entertain.
In this issue, Mr. Aboutorabi references Darwin to explain “why we are the way we are,” Ms. Eken writes on political philosophy and her Turkish heritage, and Messers. Proctor and Westerman engage in theological discourse, representing both Roman Catholic and Southern Evangelical branches of traditional conservatism. On the satirical side, Mr. Hellweg gives us “Creative Ways to Fund Divestment,” and Mr. Schick tactfully raises the question of the word “master.”
This issue covers ongoing debates about everything from drone strikes in Pakistan to scandals right here at Yale. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America that he knew of “no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.” At Light & Truth, we hope to prove him wrong.
In this issue, Ms. Koul implores Yale to establish a core curriculum, Mr. Gregory challenges our ideas of punishment, and Mr. Halikias elucidates the true meaning of social justice. The issue also features commentary from Mr. Lilienfeld on the writings of Isaiah Berlin, Mr. Aboutorabi on the conservatism of Richard Weaver, and Mr. Lizardo on the role of Catholicism in William F. Buckley’s philosophy.
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