EPPC Briefly: Roger Scruton on the End of the University

April 2, 2015



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The End of the University

In First Things, EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton examines the history of the Western educational tradition, and warns of the “danger of detaching the university from its social and moral purpose, which is that of handing on both a store of knowledge and the culture that makes sense of it.”

See also Mr. Scruton’s interview with the Spectator about immigration, education, and his new novel, The Disappeared.

St. John Paul II and the “Tyranny of the Possible”

On the tenth anniversary of the death of Pope St. John Paul II, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel traces the enduring legacy of the pope “who combined mystical insight with remarkable shrewdness.”

See also Mr. Weigel’s interview discussing “Catholicism’s essentially missionary character” and the ongoing “evangelical reform” of the church under Pope Francis.

EPPC wishes our supporters a happy Easter and a happy Passover. May you enjoy a blessed time of remembrance and celebration with family and friends.

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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry Joins EPPC

EPPC recently welcomed as its newest fellow Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a widely read commentator on religion, culture, politics, economics, business and technology. Click here to read more about Mr. Gobry.

Ed Whelan on Diane Rehm Show

EPPC President Ed Whelan appeared on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss the controversy over religious freedom legislation in Indiana and around the country. Click here to listen to the interview.


From Anti-War Pastor to Pro-Life Priest

In the Wall Street Journal, EPPC Senior Fellow Wilfred M. McClay reviews a new biography of Richard John Neuhaus that captures his “deep sense of vocation and the complexity of his personality.”

AP U.S. History Battle Hits Georgia

EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz explains that legislation allowing for competition among providers of AP testing would offer school systems “a less tendentious approach to U.S. history.”

“Death to America”

The Obama administration, ignoring all evidence to the contrary, remains “willing to gamble that future leaders of Iran won’t be even more radical than those in power now,” warns EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen.

The Germanwings Crash, and the Folly of Risk Analysis

EPPC Fellow Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry ruminates on risk, uncertainty, and the reality that “not everything can be planned, not everything can be predicted, not everything can be managed.”

Politics in an Age of Epic Transition

In light of the major economic and social changes under way in the United States, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner writes that the next Republican nominee “needs to explain to voters why this transformative moment shouldn’t be feared but grasped; why it presents us not only with tremendous challenges but also with extraordinary opportunities.”

An Unappealing ‘Doc Fix’

EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta explains why a House-passed bill to address the troubled “sustainable growth rate” mechanism is “far less appealing in reality than in theory.” (See also EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin’s post and follow-up about the SGR bill.)

The Most Inane Criticism That Reform Conservatives Hear

Progressive critics who argue that “reform conservatives” lack an agenda for addressing poverty and inequality ignore the right’s substantive policy ideas and the nature of conservatism as a social movement, argues EPPC Fellow Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry.

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