Author Archives: Nates

Lost and Found

Lost and Found Here‘s an interesting story on the use of new technology to recover new text from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum. The Villa appears to have been the home of a philosopher in the Southern Italian … Continue reading

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MLB Replay Review

Now that we’ve had a good half season or so of replay review in baseball, I’m curious what people think of it. Personally, I’m mostly happy with how it’s been working, although there are obviously still some issues to hash … Continue reading

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Libertarianism and the Blue Ridge Parkway (Part One)

In recent posts, I’ve been exploring a (loosely) Libertarian line of thought. While I don’t think standard Libertarian accounts adequately ground their positions, I do believe that there are important insights to be gleaned from the tradition. I’ve sketched out … Continue reading

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On Political Anger

Josh and I have been discussing Pound’s angry letter in response to an editor’s critical comments on Joyce’s manuscript of Portrait of the Artist. We’ve been using this letter as a proxy for our larger, ongoing debate about the uses … Continue reading

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Liberty and Equality

“Between liberty and equality, there can be but little fraternity.” (Montesquieu, correspondence with Voltaire)* I’d like to follow up on our previous discussion of Libertarianism, as a way of getting clearer on the position I was tentatively putting forward there. … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead

A few days ago, I co-hosted a screening of Night of the Living Dead for our school’s “American Studies” and “Philosophy and Religion” student clubs. My main job was to briefly introduce the movie by waxing eloquent on the history … Continue reading

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The Rings of Saturn and the Harmony of the Spheres

“And there, in the middle of the light, they saw stretching from the heavens the ends of its bonds—for this light is what binds the heavens, like the cables underneath a trireme, thus holding the entire revolving thing together. From … Continue reading

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The Art of Philosophy

This is going to be a pile of digressions on digressions, but I hope it’ll make for a good read. So, in a recent post on Newapps, Catarina Dutilh Novaes draws our attention to a painting by Roy Lichtenstein called … Continue reading

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Society of Fellows Big Thinkers — Championship

Though it was under the radar before this year’s event, the Big Thinkers tournament actually goes way back. Some early records, admittedly of somewhat dubious provenance, refer to a medieval English contest, in which Robert Grosseteste emerged victorious in a … Continue reading

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Society of Fellows Big Thinkers — Semi-Finals

And then there were two. On Saturday night, our final four thinkers met to determine who would participate in the 2013 championship debate.

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