Etienne Gilson

Biden vs. Bork, 1988: Democrats Smear a SCOTUS Nominee

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared in the May 1988 print edition of Crisis. It has been edited for brevity. Many people have asked me what it was like to live through the nomination and hearings of my husband, Robert Bork. I usually answer that it was like being besieged in a battle where the reinforcements [...]

Why Bother Going to College?

In his famous introductory chapter to A Guide for the Perplexed, the economist E. F. Schumacher talked of his “perplexity” at going to Oxford, perhaps the most famous university in the world. The title of Schumacher’s book was the same as that of a book of the medieval Jewish philosopher, Moses Maimonides. The perplexity of [...]

Piety? Who Needs Piety?

"What do you think you're doing!" cried the great scientist to the soldier, as he leaned over his tracings in the sand. The soldier -- who had no idea who the man was, and how much his commander wanted him alive -- slew him on the spot.   Had his world needed the works of [...]

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