Month August 2021

Tanya Rodriguez (1972-2021)

(via Scott Stroud) Professor Rodriguez drowned in Folsom Lake last week. A memorial service will be held on August 21st. Tanya Rodriguez, associate professor of philosopher at Sacramento City College, has died. Professor Rodriguez specialized in aesthetics and ethics, and…

Water as a Portal to Transcendence

“Like all profound mysteries,” the Scottish poet and mountaineer Nan Shepherd wrote as she regarded the might and mystery of water, “it is so simple that it frightens me.” Across the Atlantic, contemplating the ocean as a lens on the…

Sarah Broadie (1941-2021)

Sarah Jean Broadie (née Waterlow), professor of philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, has died. Professor Broadie joined the University of St. Andrews in 2001. Prior to that, she held positions at Princeton University, Rutgers University, Yale University, the…

The Optimism of the Oyster

More than a century later, with the Atlantic Coast oyster beds overfished to the brink of ruin and entire marine ecosystems devastated by pollution, Mark Kurlansky picks up the admonition and hones it on an edge of optimism in his…