by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ When one hears the expression “white paper,” one thinks of a document of great historic significance, typically issued by a government. Winston Churchill’s famous 1922 white paper clarifying the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which set in motion a series of events that changed the face of the Middle East, immediately comes to mind. What one doesn’t […]
My dialogue with Crispin Sartwell of Dickinson College on Kant, Quine, and Davidson. Originally aired on MeaningofLife.TV, May 6, 2019.
by David L. Duffy _____ Raymond Ruyer (1902-1987), le Sage de Nancy, significantly influenced French philosophy (he is quoted by Merleau-Ponty, Canguilhem, Deleuze and the enactivists, e.g. Varela and Weber), but was little referenced in English until recently.  His thinking has roots in Bergson and Whitehead, with Deleuze calling him “the latest of Leibniz’s great disciples.”  His Néofinalisme […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ Though I voted for Hilary Clinton in the last US presidential election, I knew that Donald Trump was going to win, months before voters went to the polling stations, and it seems that the same thing is likely to happen in 2020, regardless of who ends up being the Democratic nominee. Accordingly, I have made […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don’t criticize What you can’t understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is Rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one If you can’t lend your hand For the times they are a-changin’. –Bob Dylan† According to one piece of […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman __ My title is derived from a comment made by our own Mark English, in a recent discussion on his excellent essay on history. The thought his comment expresses is mistaken, but in the best sort of way, for explaining where it goes wrong helps us to understand something essential – and difficult – about history. […]
by Mark English From time to time over the past couple of years, I have expressed reservations about certain forms of history as constituting knowledge. My view can, I think, be very simply stated and defended. It involves distinguishing different kinds of narrative from one another. The boundary lines in question are necessarily fuzzy. All the key concepts here – […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman My discussion with Crispin Sartwell on the Analytic/Continental divide. Originally aired on the Sophia program, MeaningofLife.TV., April 10, 2019.
Steve Davies gives one of the best characterizations I’ve heard of the political realignment presently occurring in the West; one that is rendering traditional Left/Right designations meaningless. In-depth, musically scorching documentary on the Palm Desert rock scene of the early ‘90s. And an article about it. https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/music/2016/03/10/desert-rock-underground-finally-makes-limelight/81555766/ Interesting piece on Albert Camus, who I always thought was the best of […]
by E. John Winner ____ This is first of two essays, concerning the events of the English Revolution of the 17th century. Why should these events concern an audience primarily interested in philosophy and philosophy’s concrete relations with contemporary culture and politics? The immediate answer to this is quite easily pronounced in two names: Hobbes and Locke. We should all […]