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Icons and Kitsch

From the March 2001 Print Edition

The Forbidden Image: An Intellectual History of Iconoclasm By Alain Besançon Translated by Jean Marie Todd University of Chicago Press. 408 pp. $40 One of the oddest features of contemporary English”indeed of modern languages across the board”is the habit speakers so often indulge . . . . Continue Reading »

Philosophy in an Old Key

From the December 2000 Print Edition

Confessions of a Philosopher: A Personal Journey Through Western Philosophy from Plato to Popper By Bryan Magee Modern Library. 512 pp. $13.95 paper Philosophers, it would seem, are born, not made. At least that is the impression one gets from reading some of their childhood reminiscences. Stephen . . . . Continue Reading »

Natural Law in Judaism

From the May 1999 Print Edition

IAt first glance, no marriage in the history of ideas would seem more unlikely to succeed as an artificial union of opposites (“arranged,” as it were, by Yenta the village matchmaker) than that between Jewish ethics and natural law. For one thing, in a Jewish context “ethics” covers a much . . . . Continue Reading »