Madness in civilization

The history of madness is full of maddening assumptions. Most curious that a set of American diagnostic manuals is considered authoritative…
The history of madness is full of maddening assumptions. Most curious that a set of American diagnostic manuals is considered authoritative… [More]

New Age and technology

Max Weber considered rationalism a distinguishing features of modernity. Yet the spirit has always been in revolt against the intellect…
Max Weber considered rationalism a distinguishing features of modernity. Yet the spirit has always been in revolt against the intellect… [More]

Question about Ethics, Love - Oliver Leaman responds

i loved a guy since one year..i felt he was my life and god.i was so true to him and so he was.we were physically close.we had many dreams about our future,kids,etc.but an unexpected incident
i loved a guy since one year..i felt he was my life and god.i was so true to him and so he was.we were physically close.we had many dreams about our future,kids,etc.but an unexpected incident [More]

Question about Business, Ethics - Charles Taliaferro responds

This is possibly a dumb question, but anyway... If I trade shares for a living, is that an immoral job, given that the activity is essentially gambling, and doesn't create anything or achieve
This is possibly a dumb question, but anyway... If I trade shares for a living, is that an immoral job, given that the activity is essentially gambling, and doesn't create anything or achieve [More]

Must Research Talks present Work in Progress?

I gather the norm is that research talks (colloquia, etc.) are meant for presenting unpublished work; work that is, at least nominally, "in progress".  But is there a good reason for this norm?
I gather the norm is that research talks (colloquia, etc.) are meant for presenting unpublished work; work that is, at least nominally, "in progress".  But is there a good reason for this norm? [More]

Narcissistic David Brooks

David Brooks is all too self-aware: “I’m paid to be a narcissistic blowhard, to volley my opinions, to appear more confident about them than I really am”…
David Brooks is all too self-aware: “I’m paid to be a narcissistic blowhard, to volley my opinions, to appear more confident about them than I really am”… [More]

Life of Morris Dickstein

A critic’s education. At Columbia, Morris Dickstein got the real thing: Trilling, Morgenbesser, Dupee. It was not to be encountered again…
A critic’s education. At Columbia, Morris Dickstein got the real thing: Trilling, Morgenbesser, Dupee. It was not to be encountered again… [More]

Life of Eleanor Marx

In Victorian London, intellectuals looked for love in the British Museum’s reading room. One of the most disastrous unions: Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling…
In Victorian London, intellectuals looked for love in the British Museum’s reading room. One of the most disastrous unions: Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling… [More]

Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples

[New Entry by Richard J. Oosterhoff on April 10, 2015.] Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples (c. 1450 - 1536) taught philosophy at the University of Paris from around 1490 to 1508, and then applied his
[New Entry by Richard J. Oosterhoff on April 10, 2015.] Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples (c. 1450 - 1536) taught philosophy at the University of Paris from around 1490 to 1508, and then applied his [More]

Is Baking a Gay Wedding Cake an Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage?

View image | gettyimages.com Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act set off a firestorm of controversy. Opponents of the law contended that it would legalize discrimination
View image | gettyimages.com Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act set off a firestorm of controversy. Opponents of the law contended that it would legalize discrimination [More]