Lasching Out, In Full

what should we expect from social criticism? revisiting the work of christopher lasch.

The Point has now put online the full text of my article, “Looking Back: Christopher Lasch and the Role of the Social Critic,” from Issue 7 (Fall 2013). Perhaps it’s a fruitful read in light of the recent controversies over Nicholas Kristof’s column lambasting academics for disengagement from public life, “Professors, We Need You!” The article led to a series of exchanges on the United States Intellectual History Blog with the esteemed Christopher Shannon. You can find the posts, and Ray Haberski’s excellent summary of them, here.

Christopher Lasch
Christopher Lasch.

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