The paradoxical intellectualism of Gershom Scholem

Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) is widely known as the founder of the academic study of Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah. In the nearly thirty-five years since his death, Scholem’s star has continue to
Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) is widely known as the founder of the academic study of Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah. In the nearly thirty-five years since his death, Scholem’s star has continue to [More]

<strong>Thoreau</strong> comes down to us as an earnest man committed to worthy causes. We do him a disservice when we fail to get his jokes

Thoreau comes down to us as an earnest man committed to worthy causes. We do him a disservice when we fail to get his
Thoreau comes down to us as an earnest man committed to worthy causes. We do him a disservice when we fail to get his [More]

Marx's disciples praise his conviction and his bold proclamations. In reality, however, he was a doubter, a rethinker, a worrier &mdash; the <strong>first post-Marxist</strong>

Marx&#39;s disciples praise his conviction and his bold proclamations. In reality, however, he was a doubter, a rethinker, a worrier &amp;mdash; the first
Marx's disciples praise his conviction and his bold proclamations. In reality, however, he was a doubter, a rethinker, a worrier — the first [More]

For Schlegel, Tzara, and Schiller, art was by definition incomprehensible. Case in point: the <strong>Voynich Manuscript</strong>, which is quite possibly nonsense

For Schlegel, Tzara, and Schiller, art was by definition incomprehensible. Case in point: the Voynich Manuscript, which is quite possibly
For Schlegel, Tzara, and Schiller, art was by definition incomprehensible. Case in point: the Voynich Manuscript, which is quite possibly [More]

Democritus

[Revised entry by Sylvia Berryman on December 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text] Democritus, known in antiquity as the &#39;laughing philosopher&#39; because of his emphasis on the value of &#39;cheerfulness,&#39;
[Revised entry by Sylvia Berryman on December 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text] Democritus, known in antiquity as the 'laughing philosopher' because of his emphasis on the value of 'cheerfulness,' [More]

Leucippus

[Revised entry by Sylvia Berryman on December 2, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] The Greek tradition regarded Leucippus as the founder of atomism in ancient Greek philosophy. Little is known about
[Revised entry by Sylvia Berryman on December 2, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] The Greek tradition regarded Leucippus as the founder of atomism in ancient Greek philosophy. Little is known about [More]

The poet <strong>Delmore Schwartz</strong> bounced between the academy and his East Village haunts. Posthumously, he hovers between canonization and obscurity

The poet Delmore Schwartz bounced between the academy and his East Village haunts. Posthumously, he hovers between canonization and
The poet Delmore Schwartz bounced between the academy and his East Village haunts. Posthumously, he hovers between canonization and [More]

Fake News I: Critical Thinking

Embed from Getty Images While fake news presumably dates to the origin of news, the 2016 United States presidential election saw a huge surge in the volume of fakery. While some of it arose from
Embed from Getty Images While fake news presumably dates to the origin of news, the 2016 United States presidential election saw a huge surge in the volume of fakery. While some of it arose from [More]

Virtual Colloquium: Luis Oliveira, “Skeptical Theism and the Paradox of Evil”

Today’s Virtual Colloquium paper is “Skeptical Theism and the Paradox of Evil” by Luis Oliveira. Dr. Oliveira recently received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is now a
Today’s Virtual Colloquium paper is “Skeptical Theism and the Paradox of Evil” by Luis Oliveira. Dr. Oliveira recently received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is now a [More]

Virtual Colloquium: Luis Oliviera, “Skeptical Theism and the Paradox of Evil”

Today’s Virtual Colloquium paper is “Skeptical Theism and the Paradox of Evil” by Luis Oliveira. Dr. Oliveira recently received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is now a
Today’s Virtual Colloquium paper is “Skeptical Theism and the Paradox of Evil” by Luis Oliveira. Dr. Oliveira recently received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is now a [More]