Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Ethics”

The Selfish Babette

This morning Rod calls our attention to this post about cooking the …

Posted August 2nd, 2013

How Dare You?

Sometimes people quit the internet — and quit other things because of …

Posted August 1st, 2013

The End of Growth?

Go for prosperity—but prepare yourself to live decently in relative poverty.

Posted July 29th, 2013

Problems of Engineering and Problems of Life

One of the key themes of the book I’m just beginning to …

Posted July 26th, 2013

The Pathetic Loser and His Friends

When The Onion is good, it’s really good: Former classmates also confirmed …

Posted July 24th, 2013

God’s Hotel

Over at Books and Culture, a very thoughtful review is behind a …

Posted July 23rd, 2013

The Walking Boy

A story of boyhood racism and violence in Birmingham, Alabama

Posted July 16th, 2013

Ibby Jaaber’s Conscience

Here’s a really interesting story about Ibby Jaaber, an American Muslim playing …

Posted July 15th, 2013

Allen Tate and My Conscience

It’s not often that my conscience troubles me — annoying thing, a …

Posted July 13th, 2013

More on Stoicism

Let me just follow up a bit on my recent pronouncing of …

Posted July 11th, 2013

The Moral Value of Meditation

If you prefer to think well of humanity, I’d advise you not …

Posted July 10th, 2013

My Beef with Stoicism

If you haven’t read Rod’s post on Binx Bolling’s Aunt Emily, please …

Posted July 9th, 2013

The Old Ones

In a lovely new essay on turning 80, Oliver Sacks writes, My …

Posted July 9th, 2013

“Some Better Way for People to Live”

If you look through my posts of the past few weeks you …

Posted July 5th, 2013

On Intellectual Triage and Not Writing People Off

Triage is necessary, but don’t let it run into contemptuous dismissal.

Posted July 3rd, 2013

What Our Ancestors Worried About

Those silly ancestors of ours worried about things — they worried and …

Posted June 19th, 2013

What To Live For

In the New Yorker Larissa MacFarquhar tells the story of a Buddhist …

Posted June 18th, 2013