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If many strangers die all at once, as in the tragedy of the tsunami or the Rwanda massacre or a war like the one in Iraq, it is a moral problem, to be dealt with through politics or philosophy.

As war threatened Europe in the 1930s, a physicist turned to a psychiatrist to help understand the impending violence.

On October 10, the New York Times published a front-page obituary for French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

Derrida was often misunderstood, but rarely worse than in his New York Times obituary. Ross Benjamin explains, in a web-only feature.

As one of those pathetic evolutionary throwbacks who has never used e-mail or the Internet, and has hardly ever handled a mobile phone, I can approach this book with all the supreme disinterested

In his second inaugural address as Governor of
Texas, George W. Bush declared, "Some people
think it's inappropriate to make moral judgments
anymore.

Philosophers get attention only when they appear to be doing something sinister--corrupting the youth, undermining the foundations of civilization, sneering at all we hold dear.

The crimes at Abu Ghraib are a direct expression of the kind of war we are waging in Iraq.

We live, it has been said, in a postideological age. Ideologically confused might be more like it.

The late John Rawls was, by all accounts, a remarkably modest and
generous person, much beloved by his friends and students, and
profoundly uninterested in the kinds of fame and celebrity perks