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About Abigail

Abigail Rosenthal is Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Brooklyn College of CUNY. She is the author of A Good Look at Evil, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, now available in an expanded, revised second edition. Its thesis is that good people try to live out their stories while evil people aim to mess up good people’s stories. Her next book, Confessions of a Young Philosopher, forthcoming, provides multiple illustrations from her own life. She writes a weekly column for her blog, “Dear Abbie: The Non-Advice Column” (www.dearabbie-nonadvice.com) where she explains why women's lives are highly interesting. She’s the editor of the posthumously published Consolations of Philosophy: Hobbes’s Secret; Spinoza’s Way by her father, Henry M. Rosenthal. Her next book project will be Conversations with My Father, the "Genius" Among the Giants. Some of her articles can be accessed at https://brooklyn-cuny.academia.edu/AbigailMartin . She is married to Jerry L. Martin, also a philosopher. They live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See It, Now You Don’t Last night I watched Renique Allen being interviewed on C-Span about her book, It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promises to Black Americans I was utterly riveted by … Continue reading

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The Feminine Honor

The Feminine Honor My recent “Me Too” experience now appears to be winding to its close with the moral fundamentals suitably restored. Since I’m a city kid, with street smarts, who had reason to believe that her life skills were … Continue reading

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It’s Personal

It’s Personal Over the last few weeks, I’ve been confronting a shift of mood that’s quite rare for me.  The name of this mood is Despair. As a person who’s talked two women friends out of suicide – don’t worry, … Continue reading

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Read Any More Good Books?

  Read Any More Good Books? As we share the current holidays, in whatever way and spirit seems best, I’ll share some of my recent reading experiences with you. Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. Here is a royal gossip … Continue reading

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At a Loss

  At a Loss Friends and readers of this column, I am really at a loss.  I don’t know what to say as a woman, and I don’t know what to do as a woman. Let me at least tell … Continue reading

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My Defense of My Parents

My Defense of My Parents Recently I read the collected letters of Lionel Trilling.  Afterward, curiosity prompted me to look in the file folder I had under that name.  Trilling had been, possibly, the most influential opinion-shaper in mid-twentieth-century America.  … Continue reading

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The Devil in the Details 

The Devil in the Details  Depression is not an attractive word, but it describes my mood in recent days.  Two explanations (or causes?) spring to mind. First: I have this neuropathy handicap.  My walking lacks its former, rhythmic life-of-its-own, becoming … Continue reading

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