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“What Are We Really Arguing About Now?”

“What Are We Really Arguing About Now?” My recent columns were about “argument” in the philosopher’s sense of reasoning.  Thinking they might find them of special interest, I’ve sent the columns to philosopher friends.  And was pleased, but not surprised, … Continue reading

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How Jewish Am I?

How Jewish Am I? If being Jewish by birth is what counts, I suppose I’m Jewish enough.  But it’s not a necessary condition for securing that identity. A few years ago, a young Christian woman – a friend and participant … Continue reading

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Fording the Flood

Fording the Flood I had a dream the other night, depicting the journey I’m in the midst of at present. On a bus traveling long distance, I was a passenger.  It was not a bus of recent vintage.  It lacked … Continue reading

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“Personality”

“Personality” More than once in these columns, I’ve mentioned my long-standing view that people live and die by ideas. Still, as I’ve come to recognize, that’s not entirely true. It has to be qualified. For example, it’s very hard to … Continue reading

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“Where Are We Now?”

“Where Are We Now?” Since my last column, I’ve been preoccupied with the long-shot nomination of me, by a kind colleague, to give the John Dewey lecture at the American Philosophical Association. That’s the lecture underscoring the link between the … Continue reading

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“Things in Their Right Places”

“Things in Their Right Places” The editing of my to-be-reissued memoir has its own life rhythms. The version that appeared a decade ago included a scaffolding of explanations. At that point, I was trying to do something that received opinion, … Continue reading

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“Absolutely Normal”

“Absolutely Normal” We were in Riverside, California, a few years back. Jerry’s mother, my mother-in-law, was dying. She had always been extremely kind to me. And she was having a very hard time of it. It is hard to get … Continue reading

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“Philosophy”

“Philosophy” As a little girl, I would set the lunch table extra slowly so that I could overhear the philosophic conversations between my father, Henry M. Rosenthal, and Léo Bronstein, his closest friend. Understanding not a word, I still liked … Continue reading

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“A Woman’s Honor”

“A Woman’s Honor” In Europe in the 1920’s, when everybody suddenly discovered they were “modern,” my mother was importuned by a young man to be “modern” in the way of most interest to him.  When her answer was negative, he … Continue reading

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“Desire”

“Desire”  Catherine Deneuve, the iconic French film star, has said in a recent interview in Paris Match, “Desire is the motor of my life.”  There is nothing unusual in this, nor does it pertain to film stars uniquely.  Desire is the … Continue reading

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