In 1831 Hector Berlioz and Felix Mendelssohn were walking in the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, arguing about God. Mendelssohn was defending God, while Berlioz was expressing skepticism. When Mendelssohn tripped on a ruin, Berlioz said, "Look at that for an example of divine justice: I blaspheme, you fall."
Here is my latest interview with the "Philosophy Bakes Bread" radio show.
Here is my acceptance speech for the Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Its title is "A Refusal to Defend the Humanities."
Here is my interview with Talk of Iowa. I take on how Marco Rubio pits welders against philosophers. Wasn't this country built by farmers who read Cicero? The America I believe in involves welders learning philosophy and philosophers learning welding.
Here is my latest interview with Dallas public radio.
Here is my latest interview with The Dallas Morning News. A taste:
We are changing from a market economy to a market society, and I find that a little worrisome. I am big believer in free markets and having a capitalist economy — within some limits. That’s good. The danger is we can start to see our whole society and most of the good of human life as market-based goods. We start to put everything up for sale. That is a real danger.
So there is this mindset to reduce education to training for economic and technological power. I wish it went without saying that the point of education was preparation for the whole adventure of being human and not preparation for one small part of it, no matter how important the economic part is. The fact that we think about education in reductive terms leads us into some real dangers.