Master of Disaster, Ignatius Donnelly

Ignatius Donnelly, ca. 1880 / Wikimedia Commons The destruction of Atlantis, cataclysmic comets, and a Manhattan tower made entirely from concrete and corpse — Carl Abbott on the life and work of a Minnesotan writer, and failed politician, with a mind primed for catastrophe. By Dr. Carl Abbott / 09.27.2017 Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies[…]

Building Divided Berlin

Interbau exhibition in Berlin, July 1957. Photo: Willy Pragher. Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Abt. Staatsarchiv Freiburg Berlin’s east-west split during the Cold War drove ideologically motivated architecture, from socialist apartment blocks to prestige landmarks. By Emily Pugh / 09.18.2017 Digital Humanities Specialist Historian of Postwar German Architecture This summer the Getty Research Institute exhibition Berlin/LA: Spaces for Music[…]

Recent Modern Philosophy: Social Concerns with Bentham, Mill, Marx, and Engels

Jeremy Bentham By Dr. Garth Kemerling / 11.12.2011 Professor of Philosophy Capella University Philosophy Pages Utilitarianism At the outset of the nineteenth century, an influential group of British thinkers developed a set of basic principles for addressing social problems.Extrapolating from Hume’s emphasis on the natural human interest in utility, reformer Jeremy Bentham proposed a straightforward quantification of morality by reference to utilitarian outcomes.[…]