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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
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Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

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  1. op_misak1_BoyerRoger Viollet via Getty Images_vienna 1920s Boyer/Roger Viollet via Getty Images

    Deep Thought in Dark Times

    Cheryl Misak

    Long caricatured as an exponent of reductionist scientism, the interwar Vienna Circle comprised some of Europe's greatest minds. Thanks to a series of excellent reappraisals geared toward a mass audience, the Circle is finally getting the critical appreciation it deserves.

    reviews four books revisiting a critical and increasingly relevant period of intellectual history.
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    Destination Net-Zero

    China and the European Union will need to undergo massive and urgent economic transitions in order to fulfill their recent pledges to become carbon neutral within the next few decades. But peer pressure and policy convergence could yet make these ambitions achievable – especially if the United States rejoins the global fight against climate change.

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