–Arts and letters for the modern age–

Cathode Ray Zone

–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

Daniel A. Kaufman

Standards

Standards

Both religion and philosophy endeavor to provide us with objective standards for our moral and aesthetic and other judgments, as well as our actions. Religion does it by stipulating a supreme authority in the person of God, while philosophy does it by appeal to reason...

Value and Objectivity

Value and Objectivity

Exchanges with Robert Gressis (of Cal State Northridge) and others have led me to think quite a lot about obligation and objectivity. Up until now, the discussion has focused entirely on morality, but I want to shift gears to aesthetics, for two reasons. First,...

Prescription, Reason and Force

Prescription, Reason and Force

Philosophy is largely a normative discipline, which means that philosophers expend a good amount of energy telling you what you ought to believe, say, and do. Just look at the concepts with which philosophy is most preoccupied: ‘truth’ – something you should believe –...

Ethics and Criteria

Ethics and Criteria

When speaking of morals, the majority view among philosophers is that they are criterial. Something – some action or a state of affairs – is right or wrong, obligatory or prohibited, because it satisfies certain criteria that come from a moral theory. Thus, for a...

Some Questions about Obligation

Some Questions about Obligation

[1] You are with a friend in a restaurant, and he tells you that you ought not to (in the moral sense) order the linguine con vongole that you are considering. When you ask him why, he tells you that eating clams violates their interests. You reply that you don’t care...

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...

November 18, 2020, 7:00pm

November 18, 2020, 7:00pm

November 18, 2020, 7:00pm Location: The Principal’s Office. William Friedman is reclining in a leather upholstered arm chair, smoking a cigarette. Sal Levy is perched on the edge of Friedman’s desk, leafing through some papers Friedman has handed him. Music emanates...