Ma’at: Connective Justice

In his book The Mind of Egypt, Egyptologist Jan Assmann identifies ma’at as the central philosophical principle of that ancient civilization on the Nile. He defines ma’at, illuminatingly, as “connective justice.” Instruction in ma’at was a critical part of Egyptian civic education, he asserts, one that served to sustain their society for thousands of years. … Continue reading Ma’at: Connective Justice

Reading Against Mammon: Ruskin’s “Sesame”

John Ruskin was the greatest art critic of his age, and possibly its greatest social critic as well. He had a penetrating intellect and a genius for expression. He has found admirers in every subsequent generation, despite his psychological unsteadiness, personal flaws, and moralizing tendencies. Some commentators have made Ruskin out to be a banner-carrier … Continue reading Reading Against Mammon: Ruskin’s “Sesame”