Oct 062005

The Stone

A forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. The series moderator is Simon Critchley, who teaches philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York.

Revolutionary thinkers who insisted on our status as humans gave the movement a meaning that transcends the demand to stop police brutality.
The campaign to ban autonomous weapons takes aim at technology, and lets humans off the hook.
It is neither true nor false. Perhaps that’s what we like about it.
Our greatest civil rights leader was clear: Those who remain silent will also stand accused.
Efforts to make wild places “safe” threaten to turn them into extensions of urban environments.
And what does “The Breakfast Club” have to do with it?
My friend and teacher Hubert Dreyfus, who died this year, left me a message about life’s purpose I am still learning from.
Surviving a painful, near-fatal illness should have made me intensely grateful for ordinary life. It didn’t.
Forgiveness isn’t enough. Acts of atonement can help veterans repair the loyalties damaged in war.
To transcend our complicity in the world’s worst crises, we need self-knowledge and humility.
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