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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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The Baal Shem Tov

The Baal Shem Tov The Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name) is the preeminent Hassidic master, the 18th-century founder (1700-1760) and prototype of any follower who practices in that tradition.  His very presence was said to be a … Continue reading

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Who Can You Believe?

Who Can You Believe? Since I don’t ask questions like the one above just to answer them with an urbane shoulder shrug, I’ll be glad to tell you.  About a week ago, I received a call from someone I really … Continue reading

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If Our Time Could Speak

If Our Time Could Speak In recent columns, I’ve mentioned that for me The Plague has opened the time to read through the journals, correspondence and manuscripts, published and unpublished, of my late father, Henry M. Rosenthal, who was considered, … Continue reading

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The Moral Markers

The Moral Markers From time to time, I pause to picture how the recent phases of my life would look to me if there were no God in the pictures.  It’s a sort of thought experiment. Philosophers are given to … Continue reading

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A Moral Crisis

A Moral Crisis In A Good Look at Evil, I portray a moral crisis as a time when one’s story comes to a stop.  The halt isn’t called because of an external obstacle.  It comes from within. What causes this … Continue reading

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The Man from Dothan

The Man from Dothan In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, there is a brief but indispensable walk-on part played by a figure of whom we learn only that he is “from Dothan.”   He guides young Joseph to Dothan … Continue reading

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My Worst Birthday

My Worst Birthday If we hadn’t begun it the evening before, it would have been even more disastrous.  But I was scheduled to have an author photo taken by a professional photographer who does those things, and my dread of … Continue reading

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How Can I Tell If It’s God?

How Can I Tell If It’s God? I have Christian friends who tell me that a moment came in their experience when “everything changed.” They “met the living God.” Another friend, Jewish, who’s pretty well versed in Yoga, recently reported … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened to Philosophy (on its way to the deepest depths)

A Funny Thing Happened to Philosophy (on its way to the deepest depths) Recent projects of work have put me back in contact with a strange business in which philosophy had a strange part to play. In the 1920’s, as … Continue reading

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