David Kolb


Behind the Scenes

This blog has been quiet for many months, there has been much activity behind the scene. It’s been hard to deal with health, weather, politics and war all together all the time. Still appearing “any day now” will be some reflections on Parkinson’s disease and writing, a post on why Parmenides is surprisingly relevant to …

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New memoir essay

When I posted my memoir essays about growing up and my time in the Jesuits I promised another installment about my life teaching. Working on that essay I realized that it divided naturally, one part covering the events of our life moving from place to place, and the other covering changes in my outlook and …

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Two hesitant comments on abortion

Two hesitant comments on abortion. Both concern the public policy issue of putting social effort into enforcing prohibitions. First : Around the beginning of the 20th century the effort to outlaw alcoholic beverages had created a patchwork of local options where a county or state could be dry or wet. The local option did not …

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Ask Me Anything ?

Philosophical communication today My Philosophy Salon series on art (at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon) featured a guest appearance by Robert Paul Wolff. He led a discussion on art and politics with connections to Herbert Marcuse. We were grateful to Prof. Wolff for his insights and effective teaching presence. Before …

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Learning to Read, Again

About a week from now the state of Oregon will lift mask mandates. I have been leading a series of zoom discussions about the nature of art for the Osher lifelong learning Institute at the University of Oregon. I’m very curious to see whether or not the Institute fitting out their classrooms for hybrid meetings, …

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