Category Archives: American Politics

Abortion on My Mind

Abortion on My Mind First, let’s approach this vexing topic from the metaphysical side.   If we adopt the Aristotelian view of gestation (a view that, if I’m correct, was part of the thinking of Christian philosophers in the High … Continue reading

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A Therapeutic Proposal

A Therapeutic Proposal It’s hard to compare previous eras to this present one — which is always “the best of times and the worst of times.”  That said, there are features of life in our America that feel new to … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Me

Philosophy and Me Goodness, who cares! you might well think, seeing the title of this column.  But isn’t that what concerns each of us, whenever we’ve been required or drawn to read some philosophy?  What about me?  How does this … Continue reading

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Zora Neale Hurston: American Talent

Zora Neale Hurston: American Talent Lately, I’ve been reading You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston, Edited with an Introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Genevieve West.   This is a collection of essays … Continue reading

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Lionel and Henry: In Fact and Fiction

There is just one case I know of where two brilliant young writers published dueling short stories about each other, in which each is the protagonist and his best friend the antagonist.  Who were the writers who would do such … Continue reading

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It’s Not All About Psychology

It’s Not All About Psychology We were in Phoenix, waiting for the connecting flight to Philadelphia, when we noticed a young couple and their little girl on the seats across the aisle from us. They were a charming sight.  The … Continue reading

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Times Best and Worst

Times Best and Worst We’re living through what are — like all times — the best and worst of times.  As our calendar wends its way toward the New Year, we can’t help asking ourselves how it is with us … Continue reading

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How I Got My Philosophic Theme

How I Got My Philosophic Theme As far as I can recall, it was a specific event, leading to a particular experience, that gave me the defining theme of the work I’ve done since then in philosophy. I’d gone uptown … Continue reading

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Desire, Distraction and Dialectic

Desire, Distraction and Dialectic I have a woman friend whose mother hated her in the womb.  Surely an exaggeration! — you may protest.  Well, I met the lady only once, but she was the coldest being I ever encountered who … Continue reading

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Life Review in Seattle

Life Review in Seattle We were in Seattle for a meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society.  It’s a group within the American Political Science Association, probably the only such group that considers spiritual factors in its efforts to understand history.  … Continue reading

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