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.

It’s normal to wish we could trade lives with people we admire, but we rarely think about what would be lost.
At two days old, Sam could not breathe on his own. What else could have been done?
The philosopher’s profound experience had as much to do with the human landscape as it did with the natural one.
The Republicans appear driven to destroy our chances for decent survival, but there are ways to counter their malign project.
American exceptionalism is at best an innocent mistake that uninformed patriotism makes difficult to surrender.
Our impulse to imagine better worlds has nearly been extinguished. But we desperately need a new vision of inhabiting the planet.
When the state kills a loved one, remain calm. You are not safe. Somehow, maintain hope.
Building walls, banning refugees and ignoring the poor are the social expressions of bankrupt theologies.
The ancient roots of the word reveal more than just a routine insult.
We can choose to live in different ideological worlds, but not on different planets.
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