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On cancelling and sincerity

In a recent op-ed, “Should we cancel Aristotle?”, Agnes Callard suggests that “we philosophers,” and by extension, I presume, all members of civil society, “must countenance the possibility of radical disagreement.” But, she observes, what if your intellectual opponent espouses views you regard as not only wrong, but morally and intellectually repugnant? Callard distinguishes literalContinue reading “On cancelling and sincerity”

Jaws (1975)

Much like our current crisis, there is an obvious solution to the problem facing the characters on Amity Island. Just as sharks don’t have feet, which makes them easy to avoid by staying on land, COVID-19 can’t survive without a host, making it easy to avoid by staying inside and avoiding large gatherings. Yet, drawnContinue reading “Jaws (1975)”

The Ascent (1977)

In that long ascent to the gallows, would we have the courage to stay true to our ideals, or would they evaporate under the demands of self-preservation? Rybak’s rationalization would, I think, ring true in that moment—what use am I dead? If I stay alive I’ll have some chance to continue to fight for whatContinue reading “The Ascent (1977)”

Boolean Diagrams in TikZ

If you’re like me, you like representing philosophical ideas with intersecting circles. Here’s how to draw them in TikZ. Basics Circles and rectangles with rounded corners are easy: \draw[-] (0,0) circle (1cm);\draw[-,rounded corners,thick] (2,-1) rectangle (5,1); In addition to specifying coordinates absolutely, as we have been doing so far, you can also do so viaContinue reading “Boolean Diagrams in TikZ”

My Own Private Idaho (1993)

The ebb and flow of Mike and Scott’s tangled and fraught relationship obscures the stark differences in where they are coming from and where they are headed. In that brief extended moment when their overlapping oscillations sync up, we are treated to a carefree journey of self-understanding and friendship, marked by an openness and acceptance that’sContinue reading “My Own Private Idaho (1993)”

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