<strong>Barney Rosset</strong> began writing a memoir in 1987. Over the years, 20 people worked on it. Result: It&rsquo;s unclear not only who wrote the book, but even who it&rsquo;s about

Barney Rosset began writing a memoir in 1987. Over the years, 20 people worked on it. Result: It&amp;rsquo;s unclear not only who wrote the book, but even who it&amp;rsquo;s
Barney Rosset began writing a memoir in 1987. Over the years, 20 people worked on it. Result: It’s unclear not only who wrote the book, but even who it’s [More]

It can be hard to remember that philosophical work still gets done outside of seminar rooms and academic journals. <strong>Mark Greif</strong> reminds us

It can be hard to remember that philosophical work still gets done outside of seminar rooms and academic journals. Mark Greif reminds
It can be hard to remember that philosophical work still gets done outside of seminar rooms and academic journals. Mark Greif reminds [More]

John Rawls

[Revised entry by Leif Wenar on January 9, 2017. Changes to: Bibliography] John Rawls (b. 1921, d. 2002) was an American political philosopher in the liberal tradition. His theory of justice as
[Revised entry by Leif Wenar on January 9, 2017. Changes to: Bibliography] John Rawls (b. 1921, d. 2002) was an American political philosopher in the liberal tradition. His theory of justice as [More]

Charter Schools II: Choice & Quality

Embed from Getty Images In the previous essay on charter schools I considered the monopoly argument in their favor. On this view, charter schools break the state’s harmful monopoly on education and
Embed from Getty Images In the previous essay on charter schools I considered the monopoly argument in their favor. On this view, charter schools break the state’s harmful monopoly on education and [More]

<strong>Saul Friedl&auml;nder</strong>, born in Prague four months before Hitler came to power, has wrung illumination and self-knowledge from a dark history&nbsp;

Saul Friedl&amp;auml;nder, born in Prague four months before Hitler came to power, has wrung illumination and self-knowledge from a dark
Saul Friedländer, born in Prague four months before Hitler came to power, has wrung illumination and self-knowledge from a dark [More]

With three hearts pumping blue-green blood, eight tentacles, kaleidoscopic skin, and half a billion neurons, the <strong>octopus</strong> is a distinct experiment in the evolution of the mind

With three hearts pumping blue-green blood, eight tentacles, kaleidoscopic skin, and half a billion neurons, the octopus is a distinct experiment in the evolution of the
With three hearts pumping blue-green blood, eight tentacles, kaleidoscopic skin, and half a billion neurons, the octopus is a distinct experiment in the evolution of the [More]

<strong>Derek Parfit</strong> was a philosopher of unusual novelty and insight. His gift rested on his indifference to individuals, relationships, and institutions

Derek Parfit was a philosopher of unusual novelty and insight. His gift rested on his indifference to individuals, relationships, and
Derek Parfit was a philosopher of unusual novelty and insight. His gift rested on his indifference to individuals, relationships, and [More]

The language of chess

The dust has barely settled on last year’s world chess championship match in New York: Norway’s Magnus Carlson defended his title again the tough challenger Sergei Karjakin, in a close match. The
The dust has barely settled on last year’s world chess championship match in New York: Norway’s Magnus Carlson defended his title again the tough challenger Sergei Karjakin, in a close match. The [More]

2016 in review

(Past annual reviews: 2015,&amp;nbsp;2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.)Applied Ethics* The Instrumental value of one vote&amp;nbsp;-- can be much higher than many
(Past annual reviews: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.)Applied Ethics* The Instrumental value of one vote -- can be much higher than many [More]

<strong>Success in parenthood</strong> is uncertain, and apparent only after a lifetime of battle and worry. Is this why so many fathers of philosophy remained childless?

Success in parenthood is uncertain, and apparent only after a lifetime of battle and worry. Is this why so many fathers of philosophy remained
Success in parenthood is uncertain, and apparent only after a lifetime of battle and worry. Is this why so many fathers of philosophy remained [More]