by Patrick Hassan ___ It would be uncontroversial to observe that political and social divides have become increasingly polarized over the last ten years in much of Europe and the United States. Trump’s 2016 election campaign; the crusade for Brexit; the prominence of right-wing parties in Italy and Hungary: each were characterized by an inflated rhetoric of “us vs. them” […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman _____ My discussion with Milton Lawson, comic writer and cultural critic, on the Stranger Things phenomenon, Generation X, and popular culture. Originally aired on MeaningofLife.TV, July 17, 2019.
by Miroslav Imbrišević ___ Justice is an important human good. I will review one ancient and one modern principle of justice and discuss their relevance for the political sphere, paying particular attention to the Trump presidency. We have inherited two maxims from Roman law that are commonly known as representing principles of justice: nemo iudex in sua causa (let no […]
By Daniel A. Kaufman ___ Bernard Williams is one of the top 5 greatest post WWII philosophers. Here is a new website devoted to collecting everything available by and about him. https://sites.google.com/site/bernardwilliamsphilosopher/home Rare and very high quality live footage of Def Leppard, from 1983, when they were still a hard-rocking NWOBHM band. (Concert split into two parts) A classic paper […]
by Heather Brunskell-Evans ___ Thirty years ago, ‘the transgender child’ would not have made sense to the general public, nor would it have made sense to young people. Today, children and adolescents declare themselves transgender, the NHS refers some children for ‘gender-affirming’ therapy, and laws and policy are invented which uphold young people’s ‘choice’ to transition and to authorize the […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ My discussion with Jane Clare Jones on sex, gender, feminism, progressivism, and liberalism. Originally aired on MeaningofLife.TV, Monday, July 8, 2019.
by E. John Winner ___ Born to die Some German theorist came up with the idea that primitive peoples approach death as always a mysterious, even incomprehensible, visitation to the tribal community, requiring avoidance and always met with fear. He must have been thinking of the faculty at his university. Actually, the archaeological and anthropological records are quite clear. […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman My dialogue with Robert Gresis on the “morality everywhere” problem, and my discussion with Nathan Eckstrand on his essay suggesting humanities professors should go on strike.
by David Ottlinger I have always been a person out of step with his own, native culture. Most of the time I think the received wisdom on most subjects — be they political, social or artistic — ranges from misguided to catastrophically wrong. I open the newspaper to find it makes as much sense read backwards or forwards and that […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman If someone who looks like a man and has XY chromosomes tells me he feels female – I cannot tell her she is ‘wrong’. Would you? –Prof. Alice Roberts, University of Birmingham (1) ____ The thought behind the idea of gender self-identification is about as confused as any in contemporary public discourse, which explains why the […]