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Getting to Objectivity

Getting to Objectivity Lately I’ve been reading a book titled What is Fiction For? The British philosopher Bernard Harrison wrote it to defend novels – defend writing them and reading them – from the accusation that they don’t tell the … Continue reading

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“Selling Yourself”

“Selling Yourself” Where I come from, there was another name for women who did that, and it wasn’t “sex worker.” Although writing Confessions of a Young Philosopher sometimes felt like being crucified near an ant hill – compared to marketing, … Continue reading

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“Philosophical Gossip”

“Philosophical Gossip” Not long ago, the writer Cynthia Ozick had a front page piece in the New York Times Book Review about gossip. In her usual talent-laden voice, Ozick wrestles with the double sense of gossip. Could it be deplorable … Continue reading

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“Jane Austen”

“Jane Austen” The Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle was once asked whether he read novels. He is supposed to have answered, “Yes, all six of them.” How is it that Jane Austen, the author of those six and quintessential novelist-of-women, had … Continue reading

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“Evil”

“Evil” I know it sounds funny to say, in a “non-advice column” for and about women, but the most evil people I have known personally were women. Men are of course able to get a bad job done effectively on … Continue reading

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