October 24, 2007 |
Anita Allen remembers an extraordinary remark made by one of her white, male University of Michigan philosophy professors in the 1970s when she was in graduate school seeking a Ph.D. in philosophy - a field that at the time lacked a single black woman professor. " 'Anita,' he told me," recalls Allen between the good-natured laughs that punctuate the seriousness of what she says, " 'you will have to pee on the floor of the American Philosophical Association convention to not get a job in philosophy.
June 1, 1995 |
Terry Murray is running another Flyers practice. It is kind of hard to tell. Murray hardly blows his whistle. And when he does, he barely makes the little pea inside it move. He often points a player to a spot on the ice by using the tip of his stick. He rarely shouts, other than to say, "Here we go!" or "Let's go, guys!" He mostly looks at his stopwatch when his team does windsprints. You would think that Murray would be mighty tempted to whip the Flyers into a mad-dog froth now that they need only four more victories to reach the Stanley Cup finals.
August 30, 2001 |
Joseph Galli's philosophy has not waned in 32 years as an educator. From his first job as an eighth-grade American history teacher at Drexel Hill Middle School in 1969, Galli has believed and preached that "my whole purpose for living is to enlarge the lives of others. " He learned that philosophy from his parents. He has passed it along to his two adult sons. He thinks he has passed it along to at least a few students in his time. And now he hopes to pass it along to a much larger audience - 12,500 students, 1,500 staff members, and about 80,000 taxpayers - as the new superintendent of the Upper Darby School District.
August 17, 1999 |
The moment cynical journalists hear about Lou Marinoff's professional crusade - lobbying for philosophers to practice as therapists, just like psychologists and psychiatrists - the jokes and headlines form fast. I Shrink, Therefore I Am. Take Two Aphorisms and Call Me in the Morning. The Uncompensated Life Is Not Worth Living. How Many Philosophers Can You Fit on the Head of a Couch? Marinoff knows the drill, and has the clips to prove it, but the 47-year-old philosophy professor at City College of New York doesn't mind.
May 23, 1999 |
The Ayn Rand who whirls onto center stage in a forthcoming Showtime film biography is a figure some may have trouble recognizing. This Rand is an occasionally unclad woman of a certain age, an intense Lady Svengali with a thick Russian accent and archly perched cigarette who sprinkles apercus ("Lesser people could never accept this") as she storms about the house in torrid love scenes with her 25-year-younger lover and intellectual heir, Nathaniel Branden. The Passion of Ayn Rand, based on a 1986 biography of the philosopher by former disciple Barbara Branden - who was married to Nathaniel - will be shown at 8 p.m. next Sunday.
May 13, 2014 |
Stanley H. Rosen, 84, of Philadelphia, a scholar and emeritus professor of philosophy, died Sunday, May 4, of pneumonia at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. Dr. Rosen was an influential writer and teacher known for his thinking and writing on Plato, Heidegger, Hegel, and Nietzsche. He served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University for 38 years and Boston University for 14 years before retiring to Philadelphia to be near family. He was the author of 20 books, recipient of numerous honors, and a former president of the Metaphysical Society of America.
April 15, 1986 |
When Robert Brennan was the top salesman for Mayflower Securities in 1969, his colleagues crowned him Caesar on a company trip to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The coronation was only a gag. But Brennan has since become a conqueror and a builder, reigning over expanding provinces of power and money. Every inch of his empire is unmistakably Brennan's. His portrait hangs in the lobby of every First Jersey Securities office, captioned with his quotations, such as "Free Enterprise is an Attitude" or "Come Grow With Us. " He records inspirational talks in his Manhattan office and sends videotaped copies around the country to be shown to his 1,200 salesmen.
January 22, 2013 |
James P. Cooney, 68, of Harleysville, a professor of English and philosophy at Montgomery County Community College, died Saturday, Jan. 19, of complications from kidney cancer at home. In his 46 years as an educator, Mr. Cooney turned down offers to be dean or vice president. "His focus was always on teaching," said his son, Gregory Cooney of Flagstaff, Ariz. "It was important for him for people to never go without education. " Mr. Cooney taught through the end of the fall semester and had no intention of retiring, his son said.
October 19, 1999 |
Bibhuti S. Yadav, 56, of Narberth, a professor of classical Hindu and Indian Buddhist philosophy at Temple University, died Oct. 10 at Lankenau Hospital from a head injury he apparently sustained in a fall in his apartment. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office said Dr. Yadav's landlord found him unconscious in his apartment two days before his death, which was ruled accidental. Dr. Yadav was born in Tulasipur, India, and studied philosophy at Benares Hindu University, from which he received his doctoral degree in 1970.
May 16, 2003 |
OK, maybe Aristotle didn't give a fig about the issue, but: What does Tastee Wheat really taste like? And what about those other puzzles in The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded. You know, "What's really real?" And "What's control, anyway?" They're almost as challenging as the $195 million question (as in prorated investment for the first two films): Are the two movies just big-budget Hollywood product, reeking wannabe philosophical pretension to suck in the dollars of pseudo-intellectual teen fry with the rest of the masses?