Reproductive Rights
May 23, 2011

Despite its title, Marcus Boon’s book is not so much a manifesto as a philosophical meditation. In the midst of an astonishing abundance of copies, an

Youth Was Not Silent
May 18, 2011

Much can be gleaned about Walter Benjamin’s Jewishness, and that of his whole class, from this short diary. He is evidently completely unobservant—mor

The Medium Is McLuhan
January 12, 2011

Marshall McLuhan was a scholar of literature, with a doctorate from Cambridge, and his interpretation of the intellectual and social effects of media

Up from Zero Hour
January 11, 2011

Jürgen Habermas ranks today as the single most important public intellectual in all of Continental Europe. But he is also a formidable philosopher who

Drugs and Money
October 19, 2010

As any faithful reader of the New York Times knows, the medical profession has suffered some serious self-inflicted wounds: high-profile physicians po

Remembering Alienation
September 09, 2010

As hard as it might be to imagine in our wildly polarizing times, thinkers from both the right and the left once found themselves intellectually linke

Whatever You Say
July 12, 2010

The question that John Searle asks himself is a familiar one: how does the natural world of mindless, meaningless physical particles give rise to mind

Everywhere and Nowhere
July 05, 2010

Terry Eagleton has written a book about evil in order to demonstrate that there is no such thing. Evil, he writes, is boring, supremely pointless, li

The Joyless Mind
February 09, 2010

Sowell takes no joy in anything he has to say: his tone is as dour and depressing as his conclusions. I understand that the man is a conservative, bu

When She Was Good
December 31, 2001

Both novelist and philosopher, Iris Murdoch was an anomaly.