NEW – Letters to the Editor Feature
We are now accepting letters to the editor via a form placed at the bottom of all content posts. Click here for the announcement.
–Milton Lawson, Fiction Editor and Technology Lead
Introducing Cathode Ray Zone
We are pleased to present Cathode Ray Zone, a webzine devoted to arts, letters, and popular culture.
You will find many of your favorite writers and podcasters from the Electric Agora at the new CRZ, including Robert Gressis, EJ Winner, Kevin Currie-Knight, Mark English, Miroslav Imbrisevic, and Jay Jeffers, as well as yours truly.
Returning with her distinctive and striking art designs is Mariah Gregg-Fling. And graphic novel writer and tech-extraordinaire, Milton Lawson, will be heading up our new fiction section, as well as taking the reign’s as CRZ’s tech lead.
We are launching in stages, which means that not all of the pages or functionalities of CRZ will be available from day one. Announcements will precede the unveiling of these features over the next few weeks, which include: an improved phone/mobile browsing experience, podcast content, and some information on submissions. Also, we will soon be launching a “letters to the editor” form where you can share your thoughts on our content with the editorial team.
We look forward to seeing you in the Cathode Ray Zone!
–Daniel A. Kaufman, Founder and Publisher
Daniel A. Kaufman
Founder and Publisher
Daniel A. Kaufman got his B.A. in history and philosophy at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is Professor of Philosophy at Missouri State University, and his main areas of interest are aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language.
He is the author of numerous articles in philosophy, including “Knowledge, Wisdom, and the Philosopher” (Philosophy), “Family Resemblances, Relationalism, and the Meaning of ‘Art’” (The British Journal of Aesthetics), and “Interpretation and the Investigative Model of Criticism” (Angelaki). He also hosts the Sophia program, a show devoted to philosophy and the humanities, more generally.
Fiction Editor, Technical Lead
Milton Lawson is a writer and web developer based in Houston, Texas. His first comic series, Thompson Heller: Detective Interstellar, is now in comic shops. In 2023, his next series, Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds, will make its debut. If he’s not working on a writing project, Milton is probably watching a film or rooting for a sports team that causes distress.
Art and Design
CRZ’s house artist and graphic designer, Mariah Gregg-Fling is an artist, illustrator, and holds a BS in Philosophy from Missouri State University and a MPA from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In her free time you can find her enjoying the outdoors, and hanging with friends and family. Check out more of her work on Instagram @motherofpearl_art or at www.motherofpearl-art.com
Robert Gressis is a professor of philosophy at California State University, Northridge, where he has been teaching since 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2007. His areas of research cover Kant’s ethics and philosophy of religion, Hume’s philosophy of religion, the philosophy of education, meta-philosophy, and the epistemology of disagreement.
Kevin Currie-Knight is a Teaching Associate Professor in East Carolina University’s College of Education. There, his research and teaching are in the “social foundations” of education – philosophy, history, sociology, political economy. More broadly, he is interested in moral and political philosophy, questions about truth and epistemology, and what these areas have to say about contemporary issues. He is the author of the book Education in the Marketplace You can see more at kevinck.net.
Miroslav Imbrišević was born in the former Yugoslavia (now Croatia) but grew up in Germany. He studied German and philosophy in Mainz. After graduating he moved to the UK and worked in education. In 2013 Miroslav completed his PhD thesis at Heythrop College (University of London) on the Argentinian legal scholar Carlos Nino. Most recently he taught political theory at Heythrop College. His areas of interest are political and legal philosophy, as well as philosophy of sport. He blogs here: https://miroslavimbrisevic.wordpress.com/
Jay Jeffers is a freelance writer residing in Frisco, Texas. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Jay is a member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, an organization that administers and oversees the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl debate competition. His interests in philosophy are primarily in the areas of post-analytic philosophy and American Pragmatism. Jay focuses his writing on philosophy’s overlap with current cultural and political issues.
Mark English has a background in intellectual history, linguistics and philosophy, and a particular interest in the ways familial and cultural factors influence thinking and shape personal values. He also takes an interest in broader questions of politics and geopolitics. His Ph.D. (from Monash University) is in philosophy.
E. John Winner
Long deeply involved in the poetry, music, and performance arts scenes in Western New York, while working at every non-criminal job available, from farm-hand to book seller, E. John Winner eventually received a Doctorate in English from SUNY Albany, with a dissertation on “Hegelian Rhetoric in a Text by Paul de Man.” Afterwards, he studied two additional years, in the philosophies of Buddhism, Pragmatism, and Phenomenology.
He taught for twelve years as an adjunct composition instructor, and served twelve years as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Health issues led him to accept an non-stressful desk job in a security agency.
His primary commitment philosophically is understanding how people signify and respond to signification, and the ethical implications of this.
Currently he maintains a blog at https://nosignofit.wordpress.com.