–Arts and letters for the modern age–

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–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

Daniel A. Kaufman

The Dirty Little Game of Academic Philosophy

The Dirty Little Game of Academic Philosophy

Years ago, over at the Daily Nous, a much read insider philosophy blog, David Velleman, who enjoys digs in the world’s #1 ranked philosophy department, posted his version of a Modest Proposal: Philosophy journals should no longer publish papers written by graduate...

The Kid Across the Street

The Kid Across the Street

During the late 1970’s and early 80’s, Michael Paley was my “lives-across-the-street” friend, which means that it was a friendship of convenience. A well-meaning doofus, Mike was gullible, accident prone, and generally a yutz. A kind of juvenile Inspector Clouseau,...

Remarks on Truth, Ontology, and “Physicalism”

Remarks on Truth, Ontology, and “Physicalism”

‘Truth’ and ‘is true’ The most popular view on truth is some variation on the correspondence theory, according to which saying that a statement is true is saying that it “corresponds” to “reality” or “the facts” or “states of affairs” or some such thing. The trouble...

Gendrome

Gendrome

Gendrome is a new novel by Daniel A. Kaufman, illustrated by Mariah Gregg-Fling. It imagines a world that is adjacent to, but not quite our own.  Cathode Ray Zone is pleased to present Gendrome in serial form, with a new installment releasing every two weeks. We...

On Defining ‘Philosophy’

On Defining ‘Philosophy’

Whenever I am asked to give a definitive characterization of philosophy, my reply typically takes the form of listing a number of representative philosophical questions, like this: What are good reasons for believing something? How do sounds, marks, gestures, and the...

The Trump Effect

The Trump Effect

Of all the things to do with Trump, the man himself is the easiest to understand. That a personality disordered degenerate and criminal will do anything to avoid paying the piper is hardly surprising. What mystifies is the behavior of those who intersect with Trump:...

Our Own Naked Sun

Our Own Naked Sun

In The Naked Sun (1957), Isaac Asimov imagines Solaria, a low-population world in which residents live on estates so large that one never encounters one’s neighbors in person. As robots are employed in virtually every manner of labor, these estates are also almost...

Wanting and Doing

Wanting and Doing

I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. —Paul, Letter to the Romans 7.15 (Revised Standard Version) There is a certain line of thinking that has been part of the Western narrative since antiquity, one...