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.
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.
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?
September 23, 2011
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October 24, 2007 |
Qrescent Mali Mason, a third-year grad student in philosophy at Temple University, snared a $138 discount fare and made it down to the "Athens of the South," complete with its own full-scale Parthenon. Lina Buffington, who earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Emory University and now works for the nonprofit Philadelphia Futures, gave a talk on how she applies her work on philosophers Wilhelm Dilthey, Jean-Paul Sartre and John Dewey to help young blacks stay in college. Jameliah Shorter, a sophomore philosophy and religion major at Paine College in Augusta, Ga., asked her mother to drive her eight hours through rough mountain roads to attend.
December 30, 2008 |
At precisely 10 p.m. Saturday at the American Philosophical Association's sprawling conference in the Philadelphia Marriott - the annual mass gathering of those who practice the world's oldest non-conclusive profession - a philosophical point was made. Evondra Acevedo, the academic group's employment coordinator, had announced that the "Candidates' Room," where graduate students and others apply for teaching jobs, was closed for the night. She'd been going since 3 p.m. A sign announced that the room would close at 10 p.m. She asked the 11 candidates still seeking service to come back in the morning.
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.
June 5, 1988 |
The Rev. Henry J. McIntyre, 68, died at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery at Villanova University on May 28. Henry James McIntyre was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 14, 1919. He attended grammar school at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church parish school in Philadelphia. Father McIntyre then entered the Augustinian Academy on Staten Island, N.Y., as a postulant for the Augustinian Order. In 1939, he was received into the novitiate of the order, and in 1940 professed first vows.
September 26, 1989 |
John Fisher, 67, a Temple University philosophy professor who was a leading figure in the field of American aesthetics, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Springfield, Delaware County. Dr. Fisher devoted a career of 34 years to teaching philosophy at Temple. For six of those years, from 1967 to 1973, he also served as chairman of the university's philosophy department. It was during the years of Dr. Fisher's administration that the philosophy department established a doctoral program.