The European Super League should make all sports pause for thought

The proposed European Super League for football might have stalled at its inception but it is unlikely to be the last we hear of the idea, in this or any other sport.…


Dread, the Demonic, and our Current Situation

Leaving aside the raging pandemic, and recognizing that Covid is not unconnected, there are two crises which define our time. First, the global weakening or collapse of democracy and rise of fascism: e.g., Trumpism in the U.S., repressive Indian Hindu nationalism, conservative Catholicism in Eastern Europe, Chinese “authoritarianism” (market Stalinism?), and whatever is going on in Brazil.


Philo of Alexandria: My Ancient World dinner guest

I would love to have a dinner with Philo of Alexandria even though we would be more likely to disagree on most issues.…


Favorinus: My Ancient Roman dinner guest

I probably should be naming some mighty and mysterious genius, one of the great philosophers I study or a mostly-lost tragic poet, but it would feel wrong somehow.…


Art and character: My Ancient Greek dinner guest

In discussing the interconnections of action and character (ethos) in tragedy, Aristotle praises the Greek painter Polygnotos for his “fine depiction of character” (Poetics 1450a27), contrasting his work with that of Zeuxis, who, famous for his realism, does not depict character.…


Hegel in Kyoto

Why is there something rather than nothing? The fact of existence cannot be explained by an appeal to any beings, since this would assume what it wants to prove.…


Honey, I Shrunk the Philosophers

A dress that looks black and blue to one person looks white and gold to someone else. Where one person hears ‘Yanni,’ another hears ‘Laurel’. A bucket of tepid water feels hot to cold hands but cold to hot hands.


Hegel is Fun

Hegel has a reputation as a difficult philosopher, and often people treat the complexities of his texts as being due to his intensely systematic aims.…