Category Archives: Biography

A Jew trapped in a Gentile’s biography

Two details from a passage in Martin Buber’s Between Man and Man have stayed with me over the years. My friendship with one now dead arose in an incident that may be described, if you will, as a broken-off conversation. The date is … Continue reading

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Pluritarian Pluriversalism

To someone born into an autistic universe controlled by a single set of strictly logical natural laws, the experience of empathy and the subsequent revelation of an empathic pluriverse redefines the meaning of miracle, and of transcendence, and of religion. … Continue reading

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One observation I’m glad I was able to share with Britt while he was here: I never saw him just tell a joke. Britt required himself to invent an entirely new genre of humor, and then to present an example … Continue reading

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Private liberty and political freedom

I am currently reading Chantal Mouffe’s Democratic Paradox, which explores a fundamental tension inherent in all liberal-democratic societies, which can be summarized by Marvin Simkin’s famous formulation: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for … Continue reading

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Do you consider yourself ‘broken’?

From the Asphodel blog: Question: “Do you consider yourself ‘broken’? What does broken mean to you?” Response: Until March of this year, I did. I was. Until May, in fact, I was still in deep torpor of pain from it, … Continue reading

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Generative thoughts

My favorite books are nearly impossible to read, because they cause me to have so many of my own thoughts. * An insight is a generative thought: an idea that produces ideas. An insight is impossible to speak about directly. … Continue reading

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The company is the polis

I’ve finished re-reading Richard J. Bernstein’s Beyond Objectivism and Relativism. I didn’t want to finish it. I’d love to keep reading and stay this state of mind forever. Here’s the last paragraph of Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Marx’s second thesis … Continue reading

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