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 转自思与文:http://www.chinese-thought.org/ddpl/005269.htm

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    时间:2008年1月18日上午
   
    地点:上海瑞金医院第九病舍
   
    林毓生(美国威斯康辛大学历史系荣誉教授、香港中文大学东亚研究中心访问教授):李欧梵等要我代他们问候您。
   
    王元化:谢谢他们,谢谢他们。
   
    林毓生:我在香港见到了他们。
   
    王元化:你已经上了有一个礼拜的课了?
   
    林毓生:上了两堂课了,两个礼拜了。到了以后,还没有恢复就去讲了第一堂课。
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Published: July 8, 2007

Americans generally quote Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” as a way of patting themselves on the back. Tocqueville’s first volume, published at the end of 1834 after a nine-month tour of the New World, was the first great study of American institutions and political culture. It declared the American Revolution the triumph of “a mature and considered taste for liberty, not a vague and indefinite instinct for independence.”

 

But there is another way to read Tocqueville. If Volume 1 laid out what Americans had made of democracy, Volume 2, published six years later, laid out what democracy had made of Americans. This was a bleaker subject. Self-rule had its paradoxes, Tocqueville showed. Equality could come at the price of intellectual independence. And if one man was just as worthy of a political voice as the n

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分类: 理想国档案
 President Bok, former President Rudenstine, incoming President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, parents, and especially, the graduates:

I’ve been waiting more than 30 years to say this: 'Dad, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree.'

I want to thank Harvard for this timely honor. I’ll be changing my job next year … and it will be nice to finally have a college degree on my resume.

I applaud the graduates today for taking a much more direct route to your degrees. For my part, I’m just happy that the Crimson has called me 'Harvard’s most successful dropout.' I guess that makes me valedictorian of my own special class … I did the best of everyone who failed.

    But I also want to be recognized as the guy who got Steve Ballmer to drop out of business school. I’m a bad influence. That’s why I was invited to speak at your graduation. If I had
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14/12/2005

The philosophical Madonna

Daniel Cohn-Bendit recalls his relationship with Hannah Arendt and reflects on her and his generation

Hannah Arendt was born on October 14, 1906, to parents of Russian-Jewish origin. She studied theology at the University of Marburg, where she met and fell in love with Martin Heidegger and later at the University of Heidelberg under Karl Jaspers. Arrested by the Gestapo for conducting research on anti-Semitic propaganda, Arendt escaped to Paris where she met the German communist Heinrich Blücher, who was to become her husband. The couple was interned by the Nazis and managed to escape to the USA. After taking American citizenship, Arendt pursued a career as a journalist and academic. Her coverage for the New York
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12/06/2007

Philosopher, poet and friend

Jürgen Habermas writes an obiturary for American philosopher Richard Rorty

The American philosopher Richard Rorty passed away on Friday. Rorty, whose work ranges over an unusually broad intellectual terrain, was the author of many works, including 'Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature' (1979), 'Consequences of Pragmatism' (1982), and 'Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity' (1989).



Richard Rorty. Photo: Suhrkamp Verlag

I received the news in an email almost exactly a year ago. As so often in recent years, Rorty voiced his resignation at the 'war president' Bush, whose policies deeply aggrieved him, th

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2006.10.15 纪念福柯(M.FOUCAULT)诞辰80周年

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Thoroughly Modern Mill
A utilitarian who became a liberal--but never understood the limits of reason.

BY ROGER SCRUTON
Friday, May 19, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT

May 20 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Stuart Mill, the greatest exponent of 19th-century liberalism, whose philosophy still dominates jurisprudence in the English-speaking world. Mill was a many-faceted intellectual who wrote on all aspects of philosophy, on law and morals, on political economy, and on poetry and the arts. His home-schooling at the hands of his father, the economist and historian James Mill, was a model of rigor, causing him to read and write Greek aged 6, to master Latin aged 9, and to have acquired a thorough grounding in history and mathematics aged 10, when he began work on a history of Roman government. Mill later developed a taste for poetry, acquired a perfect knowledge of French, and, despite his agnostic upbringing, read deeply in
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The Demonization Of Leo Strauss
BY ADAM KIRSCH
May 17, 2006
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/32841

Here are some of the things that a reader of the press might know about Leo Strauss. Strauss, a political philosopher who died in 1973, is 'the high priest of ultra conservatism' (the Guardian). His views on politics are 'disturbingly elitist and antidemocratic,' full of warnings not to 'let the rabble get above themselves' (the New York Times). He believed that 'a strong and wise minority of humans had to rule over the weak majority through deception and fear, rather than persuasion or compromise' (the Guardian again). For such rulers, he taught, lying is not a sin, but a necessity: The leader should 'use the language of morality to mask [his] real interests, which are his own survival in power and his ability to continue to exert dominance over the populace' (the Nation).

To join this elite that is beyond good and ev
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