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Carlin Romano
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Ursinus College

Carlin Romano is professor of philosophy and religious studies at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. 

Written by Carlin Romano

Essay/
Fairness & Equality
In defence of hierarchy

As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It’s time we remembered

Stephen C Angle, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Julian Baggini and others