Monthly Archives: December 2013

Plumbing the Depths

A recent news item about lead from a Roman shipwreck has struck a deep chord in academia, and perhaps beyond.  The matter at hand pits archaeologists, seeking to preserve a critical artefact of ancient society, against physicists, who are hoping … Continue reading

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Scylla or Charybdis? The Homeric Trolley Problem

The recent publication of two new books on ethics have got me thinking about one of my favorite Homeric stories. David Edmonds’ Would You Kill the Fat Man? (Princeton) and Thomas Cathcart’s The Trolley Problem (Workman) each deal with an … Continue reading

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Doug Seiters

The following is a talk I gave at the Sewanee Emeritus Association Annual Banquet in honor of Doug Seiters on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the old Sewanee Inn. When Laurence Alvarez contacted me a few months ago asking me … Continue reading

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