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Are We Seeing a Culture Shift?

Are We Seeing a Culture Shift? Dates vary, when people try to characterize a phase of culture, but for (let us say) the past 50 years, opinion-shapers in our culture have functioned under the aegis of the following influences:  post-structuralism, … Continue reading

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Book Matters The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century By Adam Kirsch This is an unusual book. Its author, Adam Kirsch, has combined skills rarely found together: poet, successful literary critic, academic … Continue reading

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Proceedings and Addresses

Proceedings and Addresses Proceedings is the shared forum, like the Athenian agora, where American philosophers who have managed to command the attention of their colleagues publish their invited addresses. Since 2000, I’ve stepped down from active faculty status (though not … Continue reading

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Book Matters Blaming the Jews: Politics and Delusion By Bernard Harrison It’s not common that you see someone with a high degree of philosophic training actually doing something helpful with it.  This book, by a well-regarded British philosopher, sheds a … Continue reading

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Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk Good biographies of philosophers are a rarity.  The reason is that philosophers, more than other people, take ideas and the whole realm of thought terribly seriously.  Just as we would expect … Continue reading

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Book Matters Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime by David Pryce-Jones I rode in the limousine with David Pryce-Jones and other speakers going to the conference titled “Is It 1938 Again?” held at Queens College of The City University of … Continue reading

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Book Matters The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family by Bettye Kearse It’s the African-Americans who have the secret of America.  Or so we all feel subliminally, with a kind of “holy envy.”  That’s the expression … Continue reading

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Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neal Hurston This is the autobiography of the great Zora Neal Hurston, whom I first learned of when Jerry started reading aloud from her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, at breakfast.  The … Continue reading

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Book Matters Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Written by Himself by Frederick Douglass, edited by Benjamin Quarles I know of no book, and no reading experience, like this one.  Years ago, I read Uncle Tom’s … Continue reading

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The Exiles Return: A Novel by Elisabeth de Waal. This book would never have come to my notice had it not been for Barry Cooper, the professor of political science at Calgary.  Cooper has an insider’s understanding of a philosopher … Continue reading

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