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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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How Can We Know If It’s God?

How Can We Know If It’s God? Are we making a big mistake?  Couldn’t it be Tom, Dick, or Susie instead?  Well, no.  Those three friends are all palpable, visible, leave imprints when they sit on the couch, chat about … Continue reading

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Philosophical Women: the Pathbreakers

Philosophical Women: the Pathbreakers The Women are Up to Something is a book title lifted from a remark made by a male philosopher who anticipated trouble from one of the women philosophers at Oxford.  The occasion at which the trouble … Continue reading

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Believers

Believers When I was a child, the grownups around me held all kinds of beliefs and I wished I could be like them.  Failing that, I hoped they wouldn’t find out how I really felt. As a high school girl, … 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 on the Timeline

Philosophy on the Timeline The other day, I went to a new acupuncturist.  We got to talking, I and the nice young man who’d been assigned to me for my initial session. From the forms I filled out as a … Continue reading

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Know When to Walk Away

Know When to Walk Away And, as “the Gambler” says in the Kenny Rogers song, you’ve got to know when to run. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to walk away from the Reform temple where I’ve been … Continue reading

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Book Matters

Book Matters The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest By Felix Salten, translated & introduced by Jack Zipes, Illustrated by Alenka Sottler. Bambi was the first book I truly loved when it was read to me … Continue reading

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Putting Puzzle Pieces Together

 Putting Puzzle Pieces Together Suppose you thought that you had a past life in which you perished, by one of the methods in the Nazi repertoire, during the run-up years that culminated in the Holocaust.  I mean, suppose you entertained … Continue reading

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Did My Story Just Get Longer?

Did My Story Just Get Longer? In recent days, I’ve felt that it’s time for philosophy — the discipline, with its history and skills — to step up, as it did in days past.  To identify and negotiate the great … Continue reading

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