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Wingeing, Death and Debility

Wingeing, Death and Debility Years ago, I was in the Australian Blue Mountains, climbing the rockiest, thorniest, steepest wilderness trail that I could ever hope never to find.   We were a troop of philosophers from Sydney University’s Department of General … Continue reading

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In the Hall of Mourning, There are Many Mansions

In the Hall of Mourning, There are Many Mansions  A friend got in touch Sunday evening a week ago to tell me he’d been scheduled for the gravest kind of surgery in the morning.  My friend has been a colleague … Continue reading

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Shunning

Shunning  We are social beings, so nobody likes to be shunned.  I first encountered shunning after I wrote a letter to Proceedings and Addresses.  That’s the journal where schedules for philosophic meetings are posted, academic publishers place ads for their … Continue reading

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“Evil? What Do You Mean, ‘Evil’?”

“Evil?  What Do You Mean, ‘Evil’”? Back when the first edition of A Good Look at Evil came out, I told a Maine neighbor that I had written a book about evil.  He was a carpenter who had done a … Continue reading

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Sex, Honor and Philosophy

Plato wrote a dialogue, The Symposium, on this very topic.  The setting is a drinking party held to celebrate the victory of one of the guests in a poetry contest.  They go round the circle, each guest standing up to give a speech on the Great Question of the evening: What is love? Continue reading

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The Man from Dothan

The Man from Dothan In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, there is a brief but indispensable walk-on part played by a figure of whom we learn only that he is “from Dothan.”   He guides young Joseph to Dothan … Continue reading

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“Proof of Heaven?”

  “Proof of Heaven?” Epicurus, ancient atomist and empiricist that he was, taught that we human beings are composed of large numbers of atoms, each one too tiny to see.  So, he maintained, is everything else.  When such collections of … Continue reading

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