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About Confessions of a Young Philosopher

About Confessions of a Young Philosopher A few months have gone by since I actually put the concluding punctuation marks on Confessions of a Young Philosopher. Since then, it has been making its way through the strange maelstrom of the … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman One of our back-to-back appointments here in California was cancelled, freeing the Saturday afternoon hours, so we decided to go see “Wonder Woman,” a great hero of my childhood now back in living cinematic color. The Israeli girl … Continue reading

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“Where’s the Self?”

“Where’s the Self?” The other night I had a dream in which I was driving east on Route 313 looking for a definition of the self. Continuing east, I had just passed the crossroad of Route 263 when I realized … Continue reading

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“Friendly Fire”

“Friendly Fire” Sartre and Merleau-Ponty were among the more influential of the twentieth-century’s French philosophers. They had been friends, but Sartre had broken with Merleau-Ponty over some political disagreement. When Merleau-Ponty died in mid-life, prematurely, Sartre felt free to write … Continue reading

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“Is ‘Right and Wrong’…Wrong?”

“Is ‘Right and Wrong’ … Wrong?” One time I had registration duty at the opening of fall term.  Along with other faculty representing their departments, I sat on one side of a long table.  Students would approach from the other … Continue reading

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“Loyalty”

“Loyalty” For a good many years I had a close woman friend.  She was also a colleague, thus for me among the most cherished of life’s treasures.  We were very different types, almost polar opposites in our ways of responding … Continue reading

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“Clothes”

“Clothes” Clothes are a much bigger subject than is generally supposed.  I often say, “It doesn’t matter what happens, so long as you’re dressed for it.”  I suspect more than a few women would agree with me. The work of … Continue reading

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