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Delusions of Intellection

Delusions of Intellection  “People live and die by ideas!”  “You are what you think – much more than what you eat!” With encouraging words like these, I would try to persuade students in an intro course to see the study … Continue reading

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Nudnikerie: My Album of Antisemites

Nudnikerie: My Album of Antisemites Nudnik: “A nudnik is not just a nuisance; to merit the status of nudnik, a nuisance must be the most persistent, talkative, obnoxious, indomitable, and indefatigable nag.”  The Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten. As … 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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Battered, Bruised … but Unbowed?

Battered, Bruised … but Unbowed? Last week, reflecting on my deep reluctance to do anything that would promote my newly-released book, A Good Look at Evil, second edition, I determined that the real barrier isn’t that I believe I have … 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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Woman’s Search for Meaning

Woman’s Search for Meaning I’ve talked two friends out of committing suicide.  Don’t recall exactly what I said, but I do know what went into my general approach.  First, I ignored their existential/metaphysical pronouncements, eloquent as they were.  Life, they … Continue reading

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“The Man Behind the Curtain”

“The Man Behind the Curtain” As a sometime student of the mechanics of mind control, I’ve been aware of the ways in which, nowadays, well-intentioned people of diverse climes and views must walk in fear of being denounced.  For what?  … Continue reading

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