While trying to catch up on the news after my nap, I stumbled upon a new opinion column in the New York Times called "The Stone," which purportedly "is a forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless. " The introductory article is by a professor of philosophy at the New School in New York and considers the question "What is a Philosopher?" by examining the anecdote about Thales in Plato's Theaetetus. I found that, in my opinion, Simon Critchley handled the question with the care and detail that it deserves, observing Plato's tendency of layered meanings and irony and placing Plato's thought in its historical context. Bravo for an interesting new column!
Addendum: "The Stone" seems to have taken off, discussing everything from Plato, to burqas, to Aristotelian views on friendship, to Lady Gaga. I put an RSS feed on the edge of this blog (left side near the bottom) which will show the five newest articles. Happy Reading!