Dean M. Carignan

Dean M. Carignan served as an editor for Crisis.

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The Idler: Because It Is There

Why does a man climb a mountain? “Because it is there.” The cliched use of this expression has come to shroud its genuine philosophic significance. Such a rationale implies that the endeavor in question is an end in itself, that it requires no justification and has no practical goal. The many alpine expeditions I have … Read more

The Idler: Tempus Fugit

As I reflect on my undergraduate years at Georgetown University—now a full eight months behind me—I realize that many of the most important lessons took place far from the classroom. Indeed, an education remains incomplete unless the formal learning of the classroom is complemented by rich and high-spirited experiences of life itself—experiences to be found … Read more

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