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The Psychological and Moral Majesty of Trust

When I Reflect Upon My Life, the first thing that comes to mind are the relationships of trust that are absolutely—and thus unequivocally—a fundamental part of my life.  In the language of David Hume (1711-1776), those individuals are truly a … Continue reading

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Trustworthiness and Self-Knowledge

There is an ever so profound sense in which being trustworthy is a moral gift from the heart that we give others. Knowing that we are trustworthy is a most majestic form of self-knowledge. Continue reading

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Can Professors and Students Be Friends?

I have recently learned that various officials at Syracuse University think that there should be no friendship between a student and a professor, even if that friendship marvelously reflects Aristotle’s idea of friendship at its best. Alas, the University has lost sight of the profound truth that intellectual inspiration is so very often occasioned by those whom we admire—a truth that holds equally from professor to student, on the one hand, and from student to professor, on the other. Continue reading

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Laurie Cumbo: Blacks and Jews

Envying the success of another can be quite understandable.  Even the famous philosopher made this point in his classic work A Theory of Justice (1971).  But the move from envy to violence is entirely another matter.  Envy is no excuse … Continue reading

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Making Love to a Robot! Would You?

Love-making at its best is about affirming the other. Parenting at its best is about affirming the other. There is no evidence machines are even close to being able to provide that kind affirmation. We know that machines are now capable of extraordinary means-end calcuation, as the case of machines flying airplanes makes abundantly clear. This, however, is means-end ability–not a deep and majestic form of affirmation. Continue reading

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