The Examined Year: 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

What is it

A new year offers an opportunity to reflect on the significant events of the previous year. So what happened over the past twelve months that challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways? Join the Philosophers as they celebrate the examined year with a philosophical look back at the year that was 2018.

  • The Year in Climate Consciousness with Greg Dalton, Founder and Host of Climate One at the Commonwealth Club
  • The Year in Demagoguery and Propaganda with Yale philosopher Jason Stanley, author of How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them

Plus a philosophical roundtable featuring all four hosts, including host emeritus John Perry and new Dean of Stanford Humanities and Sciences Debra Satz.

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Harold G. Neuman

Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 12:54 PM

It is our nature to do this

It is our nature to do this soul-searching, year-to-year. I am working on a piece regarding our fuzzy notions about infinity and whether it means anything, and, am coming to conclude it does not, yet we still think about it, while wringing our figurative hands over a previous year. I suppose, as the Baha'i used to say, and probably still do: perfection is in perfecting. However, if we can never hope to 'get there', does any of that really matter? I just don't think so.


Greg Dalton, Host/Founder, Climate One at the Commonwealth Club

Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University


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