• Plato on Homeric Justice in Apology and Crito
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 14 (2): 11-29. 2007.
    This essay relates Plato’s views on Homeric justice in the Apology and Crito to current domestic and foreign policy. Applying the insights of these dialogues to contemporary issues of war and civil liberties, the essay contends that the separation of time and the foreignness of culture may aid our decisionmaking if we take the time to consider the lessons offered to us across the centuries. Plato assists in this bridging process through the literary device of the dialogue. The dialogues provide …Read more
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    Gandhi’s Satyagraha as a Corrective to Religions and Scientific Fundamentalism
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 15 (2): 99-113. 2008.
    This paper argues that Ellis’ analysis of Fundamentalism as narcissistically disturbed can apply to the very scientific disciplines he relies upon to make his argument. Citing Elizabeth Lloyd’s critique of methodological objectivity, I draw a parallel between the overstated belief that humans can defy finitude through certainty gained via scientific objectivity and Ellis’ charge that the religious faithful deny human limits in their delusional certainty in an afterlife. I link scientism and reli…Read more
  • A Critical Inquiry Into Richard Rorty's Philosophy of the New Pragmatism
    Dissertation, City University of New York. 1998.
    This work is an "internalist" critique of Richard Rorty's New Pragmatism. It is an attempt to take Rorty's philosophy on its own terms in order to appreciate its strengths while, simultaneously, reading his narrative to ascertain if it, in Rorty's own words, "hangs together" well. I believe that as a criticism of the philosophic and scientific propensity for claiming that they have the last word--a "final vocabulary"--on important human issues, his observations are significant intellectual contr…Read more
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    Socrates, Plato and the Tao
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 9 (1): 61-70. 2002.
    This paper is a reconsideration of Platonic dialogues in the light of Taoist insights. The application of Socratic Ignorance to the entire corpus of Plato reveals the yin and yang not only in the internal dialogue between Socrates and Plato, but also between Plato and his reader. Furthermore, this approach brings to the surface the necessity of the dialectic relation between the yang of Western analysis and the yin of Asian intuition to the revelation of the Tao
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    Plato on homeric justice in apology and crito
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 14 (2): 11-29. 2007.
    This essay relates Plato’s views on Homeric justice in the Apology and Crito to current domestic and foreign policy. Applying the insights of these dialogues to contemporary issues of war and civil liberties, the essay contends that the separation of time and the foreignness of culture may aid our decisionmaking if we take the time to consider the lessons offered to us across the centuries. Plato assists in this bridging process through the literary device of the dialogue. The dialogues provide …Read more
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    Richard Rorty (1931- )
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2006.
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    Rorty, Richard
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