One day, a few years ago, I was rushing from the pool dripping wet when a man with a Russian accent stopped me and said,…View More Opinion | What Swimming Taught Me About Happiness
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A small band of students will travel to Sitka, Alaska, this month to help reinvent higher education. They won’t be taking online courses, or abandoning…View More Opinion | The Anti-College Is on the Rise
Throughout his life, the American writer Russell Hoban produced a number of startlingly original novels. Perhaps the most startling of them all is “Riddley Walker,”…View More Opinion | A Lesson for (and From) a Dystopian World
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ATHENS — In the nearly three months I’ve been in this fascinating city, I’ve met plenty of rather high-spirited people. But it was not until…View More Opinion | Athens in Pieces: What Is It Like to Be a Monk?
This is the sixth installment in an eight-part philosophical tour of the ancient city by the author. The entire series can be found here. ATHENS…View More Opinion | Athens in Pieces: Democracy Isn’t Written, It Speaks
ATHENS — Our next location is a mere 100 steps from where I’m writing these essays. I pass it every day on my way to…View More Opinion | Athens in Pieces: The Tragedy of Democracy
The weekend traffic in the center of Athens was awful on the late January day I decided to visit the site of Plato’s Academy. Each…View More Opinion | Athens in Pieces: The Stench of the Academy
There are stirrings of discussion these days in philosophical circles about the prospect of human extinction. This should not be surprising, given the increasingly threatening…View More Opinion | Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?