Review of John Gray

John Gray, well-versed in literature of all brows, is among the best-read contemporary philosophers. He’s also the bleakest…
John Gray, well-versed in literature of all brows, is among the best-read contemporary philosophers. He’s also the bleakest… [More]

Eugene O’Neill life

Eugene O’Neill was grim and unsmiling. O’Neill didn’t deny it: “I’ll write about happiness if I ever happen to meet up with that luxury”…
Eugene O’Neill was grim and unsmiling. O’Neill didn’t deny it: “I’ll write about happiness if I ever happen to meet up with that luxury”… [More]

Misunderstanding War

Blinkered and dangerous. Westerners tend to write about war as if success and failure depends only on themselves, not enemies or locals…
Blinkered and dangerous. Westerners tend to write about war as if success and failure depends only on themselves, not enemies or locals… [More]

Don’t Overthink It

The Enlightenment’s baleful legacy has made us insular, distracted, selfish, says Matthew Crawford. Too bad he doesn’t understand the Enlightenment…
The Enlightenment’s baleful legacy has made us insular, distracted, selfish, says Matthew Crawford. Too bad he doesn’t understand the Enlightenment… [More]

Einstein as a Jew and a Philosopher

We know about his science, his politics, his philosophy – what else is there to know about Albert Einstein? Not least: his sense of humor…
We know about his science, his politics, his philosophy – what else is there to know about Albert Einstein? Not least: his sense of humor… [More]

About the Shoah

We read about the Holocaust to see who we really are. If we had been there, we suspect, we would have failed any moral test…
We read about the Holocaust to see who we really are. If we had been there, we suspect, we would have failed any moral test… [More]

Theory of perception

John Searle has a bone to pick with Bacon, Descartes, Locke, and Kant. He blames them for the basic mistake of modern epistemology…
John Searle has a bone to pick with Bacon, Descartes, Locke, and Kant. He blames them for the basic mistake of modern epistemology… [More]

Battle for Ulysses

Those who don’t praise Ulysses, wrote Ezra Pound, earn themselves a place “in the lower intellectual orders.” But to praise it, shouldn’t we understand it?…
Those who don’t praise Ulysses, wrote Ezra Pound, earn themselves a place “in the lower intellectual orders.” But to praise it, shouldn’t we understand it?… [More]

Myths of the brain

Much of the neuroscience you hear is trivial or wrong. When it comes to the brain, we still don’t know much…
Much of the neuroscience you hear is trivial or wrong. When it comes to the brain, we still don’t know much… [More]

On reading

The study of literature has to change. But the embrace of big data must be tempered by critical reflexes that come only from reading, reading, reading…
The study of literature has to change. But the embrace of big data must be tempered by critical reflexes that come only from reading, reading, reading… [More]