Thinking Aloud

Anthony Barr
political theory, moral philosophy, literature
Created 02 Nov 2019
  • Notes on Objectivity and Rigor in Research
    25 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    In this week’s newsletter, I’m thinking aloud about a recent Urban Institute blog post (screenshotted above) which questions “objectivity” and “rigor” as ideals in social science / think tank research...
  • Excerpts on US Grand Strategy, Circa 2000, 2002
    21 Aug 2021 • 11 min read
    Dear subscribers, as we watch the unfolding situation in Afghanistan, I thought it might be interesting to highlight some dimensions to US grand strategy as it was formulated in the early days of the ...
  • July/August Publications
    07 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Dear readers, This summer has flown by. It’s hard to believe that the fall semester is just around the corner. As you may have noticed, it’s been a little while since I’ve published here — and I promi...
  • Simone Weil and July 4th
    03 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    Happy July 4th weekend! In honor of the holiday, this will be a brief edition of the newsletter. I want to share a couple quotes from the 20th century mystic, labor activist, and social theorist Simon...
  • Acculturation, Radicalization, and Political Violence
    05 Jun 2021 • 7 min read
    Greetings, dear readers! In this edition of the newsletter, I am providing the follow-up excerpt from my term paper which explores issues of public opinion, online interaction, and political violence....
  • Epistemic Injustice and The Internet
    22 May 2021 • 8 min read
    Greetings, dear writers! As long promised, I am sharing the fruits of my labor this past semester in thinking through fake news, social epistemology, public opinion, and the Internet. Since this is a ...
  • That “Post-Pandemic” Sadness
    08 May 2021 • 6 min read
    In this edition of the newsletter, I’m writing about the particular loss of shared solidarity as we begin to unevenly emerge from a year that offered opportunities for profound solidarity. (I promise ...
  • March: Research + Published Writings
    27 Mar 2021 • 6 min read
    Greetings, Dear Readers, In this short update, I’ll share some research updates and also excerpt some of my recently published work which ranges from personal essay to industrial policy manifesto. I h...
  • The Problem With "A Senior Official Said"
    13 Feb 2021 • 9 min read
    In this edition of Thinking Aloud, I’m riffing on Daniel Boorstin’s classic book from the 1960s, The Image which is about synthetic experiences packaged together as newsworthy items to satisfy consume...
  • Spring 2021: Some Research Questions
    02 Jan 2021 • 4 min read
    Happy New Year, dear readers! Whether you’re new to the newsletter or a have been with me since the beginning, I want to thank you for reading! :) In this week’s edition, I’m highlighting some areas o...
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