Issue 1, Spring 2009
The Point is a triannual print and digital magazine of philosophical writing on contemporary life, politics and culture. At the center of each issue is a symposium that draws together various perspectives on a question of cultural importance (e.g., What is privacy for?, What is marriage for?, What is prison for?). Beyond the symposium, readers will find essays, interviews, reviews, and intellectual journalism on a range of engaging topics.
Our award-winning essays—about parenting and poetry, love, literature, addiction, Instagram, protest and politics—are united by a commitment to the open-ended exploration of experience, and by their respect for our readers’ intelligence and curiosity.
The Point is one of the rare journals that introduces the best of the academic humanities—analytic rigor, critical engagement with intellectual history—to a wide audience, without compromising accessibility or elegance. It is an excellent resource for students and educators, and our articles are becoming more widely used as readings in college classrooms. Our archive features contributions from many distinguished scholars (including Martha Nussbaum, Slavoj Zizek, Robert Pippin, Raymond Geuss, Harvey Mansfield, Christine Korsgaard. Kathryn Lofton and Brandon Terry).
A special symposium on the question: What Is College For?
Featuring: Agnes Callard on noble lies and college scandals; Chad Wellmon on anxiety and aspiration for students and “adult learner”; Ege Yumusak on how organizing is putting the university in its place; Jennifer Frey on theology, philosophy, universities; Jelani M. Favors on the radical alternative curriculum of HBCUs; Roosevelt Montás on Core ideals; Jonny Thakkar on the formation of elites and the betrayal of justice
Ryan Ruby on Peter Weiss, the political novel and the vocation of art in dark times
Elizabeth Barber reads her grandfather’s erotic novel and wonders: Is she hot...or not?
Asad Haider on Stuart Hall’s politics without guarantees
Ursula Lindsey on Edward Said and the world he’s made
Julia Cooke on art in old age
and a report from David Samuels on the California wildfires and other American conflagrations