I think there might be some tension in my position. ‘Tension’ is the term professionalized philosophers have been trained to use in place of the less charitable terms ‘inconsistency’ or ‘contradiction’. Okay, I think I might have inadvertently saddled myself with a contradiction, which I now have to try to repair. I’ve taken the position … Continue reading LEAVE IT BE
If I retired now – which not long ago, at sixty-eight, people would have thought was well overdue – how would my life change? I might have to tighten my belt a little, but probably by only one notch. I’d still have my wife, my kid and hers, my bro and hers, our friends, our … Continue reading THE RECURSIVITY OF SELF-DOUBT
What’s doing the work in justifying some political arrangement we’ve made is not whatever the official justification might be – as, for example, in the preamble to the Second Amendment to the American Constitution – but rather that in virtue of which it perdures. And the Second Amendment does not perdure because, not unlike Switzerland … Continue reading JURAL NULLIFICATION
Here’s the history of the world in seven words: Walls go up and walls come done. The demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam remained militarized for 21 years. The Berlin wall stood for just over 30. The Korean peninsula has been divided for just over twice that. People are impatient. History isn’t. The walling … Continue reading WALLS
I’m old enough to remember when ‘Ms’ was introduced so that women didn’t have to gratuitously announce their marital status to all and sundry. So I have no objection to our language being altered to serve a laudable political objective. And if members of the trans community were likewise simply asking the rest of us … Continue reading PERSONALIZED PRONOUNS
I have a colleague down the hall who believes that “Any criticism of the State of Israel is anti-Semitism!” This is stupid, but in her case forgivable. She’s the daughter of two Shoah survivors, both of whom had tattoos on their arms. I’m the grandson of four Shoah survivors, albeit only in a more attenuated … Continue reading THE I-BELIEVE-YOU CAMPAIGN
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971 What it is to know something is the same whether we’re talking about how to thaw a frozen pizza or whether the Holy Spirit … Continue reading THE SERENITY PRAYER
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