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Political Innocence

Political Innocence If each of us were sure we were right, we would never quarrel with anyone – much less break with friends – over politics. The politically-triggered quarrels, friendship breakages, civil-society breakdowns, result from our insecurity over what we … Continue reading

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“The Big Picture”

“The Big Picture” Why do we need philosophy? There are entire philosophic orientations, Wittgenstein’s is one, holding that philosophy as traditionally practiced is something to be cured of, and that the only thing philosophy can usefully do is to cure … Continue reading

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“Meta-Narratives”

“Meta-Narratives”  There is a French post-modern philosopher who writes, “I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.” By that is meant, there is no large story – no history of humanity as such – into which our private stories, the novellas … Continue reading

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“Unhappiness”

“Unhappiness” Now there’s a rich topic! It seems easier to do (achieve) than happiness, or at least easier to write about. The New York Times Book Review — where you have a weekly roundup of what the people who read, … Continue reading

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“Writing”

“Writing” I grew up among people whose most-oft-voiced concern was whether they would get their book, or next book, written. Without the book, the life-worth dwindled down to a small pile of ash, as my child’s mind pictured it. It … Continue reading

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“Burnout”

“Burnout” I am suffering from burnout. Until the other day, I hadn’t noticed it as a specific complaint. The symptoms? A sense that nothing means anything any more. Every climb of the ant up the anthill will be followed by … Continue reading

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“Death”

“Death” In the 1787 painting by Jacques-Louis David, Socrates is about to drink the hemlock.  That was the execution method to which he was condemned by an Athenian jury for the crime of asking too many philosophic questions. Cebes, one … Continue reading

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