Monday, May 17, 2010

New York Times Introduces New Philosophy Column

The NY Times has introduced "The Stone" (cute), a column written by multiple philosophers and edited by Simon Critchley. It remains to be seen if it's going to be heavy or light, penetrating and controversial, or easy and mellow. I hope that the various authors take the chance to really put some difficult concepts of truth, justification, religion, and ethics on the bully pulpit, but I doubt it.

The NY Times primary mandate is to create compelling reading, and fitting arguments that are sometime best expressed as a list of bullet points into an essay format that also fits into a newspaper is going to be damn-near impossible. I remain hopeful, though, that we will get something other than historical discussion or simple fluff.

The Stone (New York Times)

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