Category Archives: Political

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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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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Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary Thursday, January 20th, was the 23rd anniversary of the day Jerry and I got married.  In rabbinic tradition, God makes marriages.  In fact, that would be the chief thing He does.   I certainly wasn’t looking for a … Continue reading

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Tales of My Mother

Tales of My Mother Only in Victorian novels do we find good women who are also universally beloved.  Here, from the annals of literary memoir, is the view of my mother taken by the well-known writer, Diana Trilling.  Diana was … Continue reading

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Days of Awe

Days of Awe On the anniversary of September 11, I often rerun the column that I posted here in September 2001, after my visit to the City, a week later.  Like many people, I’d felt shattered by the attack on … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Philosophy

Philosophy and Philosophy In recent months, I’ve been reading books that — if I weave them together — bestow overviews of two major branches of philosophy: Analytic Philosophy and Continental Philosophy.  They have dominated the field for the last hundred … Continue reading

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Back by Popular Demand: It’s Hegel!

Back by Popular Demand:  It’s Hegel! Hegel is one of the philosophers from whom I’ve learned a lot.  Though he was born and died in nineteenth-century Germany, he’s still timely. In the Anglo-American sphere, the question I get is, “What’s … Continue reading

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Hunting Eichmann

Hunting Eichmann This is not a book review, despite the book title above.  I haven’t read the book, only watched a talk before a packed hall by Neal Bascomb, the author of Hunting Eichmann, on a C-Span history program last … Continue reading

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The Good Book

The Good Book We’ve been away in California for the past week, to allow me another round of the neuropathy treatments available only at a clinic in Loma Linda. The friends and family we usually see there are now under … Continue reading

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Who or What Were Adam and Eve?

Who or What Were Adam and Eve?  Unless you believe that the entire universe actually came into being at the divine summons 5,781 years previous to the New Year of September, 2020, with the two parents of the human race … Continue reading

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