–Arts and letters for the modern age–

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–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

Daniel A. Kaufman

Humanities and Higher Education

Humanities and Higher Education

That the humanities and liberal arts in higher education are in trouble is well-established, with not a week passing in which some department or program isn’t eliminated or significant numbers of faculty given pink slips. My own subject, philosophy, is being hit...

Childhood with Aba

Childhood with Aba

It’s been several months now, since my father – “Aba” – died, and the memory of these last, difficult years has receded just enough for some of the earlier, happier ones to begin to re-emerge.   Aba loved childhood and was very good with children, and my...

Nothing Applies

Nothing Applies

Wetson’s was a Long Island hamburger chain that was established in 1959 to be a McDonald’s clone, in a market that McDonald’s and Burger King had yet to enter. Once they did, in the early 1970’s, it wouldn’t be long before Wetson’s would go out of business, but at its...

The Varieties of Social Media Experience

The Varieties of Social Media Experience

Hearing how “exhausted” people are. “I bet no one remembers X!” where X is something that easily 80 to 100 million people are well-acquainted with. “Imagine X-ing, Y-ing, and Z-ing,” where X, Y, and Z are things most people (other than the writer) are fine with....

Moore’s Proof

Moore’s Proof

If you were to pinch the nearest analytically trained philosopher and ask him for the worst, most obviously fallacious argument in his tradition, he might very well tell you that it is the so-called “proof” for the existence of the external world that G.E. Moore gives...

The New Ridgemont High Celebration Ball

The New Ridgemont High Celebration Ball

October 30, 2020, 7:00pm, PST THE NEW RIDGEMONT HIGH CELEBRATION BALL Location: The New Ridgemont High gym.  Colored streamers, balloons and 80’s themed decorations cover the walls and rafters. Several large disco balls and rows of colored lights hang from the...

Philosophical Expertise

Philosophical Expertise

I’ve written a lot about the confusions that plague academic philosophers, and one of the things we are the most confused about is the sort of expertise our education and work confers. A doctor of veterinary medicine is an expert on animal physiology and health. A...

Commando

Commando

“So, what are you going to do?” It was 1987 and we were sitting in the TV room of the Alpha Tau Chi house at the University of Michigan. It was the third time Chris had asked me this. “I don’t know.” “What do you mean, you don’t know? Rush starts on Friday.” I’d been...