In 1983, the irreplaceable Mel Brooks did a remake of the great 1942 Jack Benny movie, To Be Or Not To Be, about a troup of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. At one point, by way of touting the reach of his theatrical success, Brooks brags that he is "world-famous in Poland." That has always been one of my favorite movie lines. This morning, I received a very gracious request from Professor Alfred Wierzbicki, requesting permission to reprint my old article, "On Violence," in a special issue of their journal Ethos devoted to the subject of violence.
Now, I am proud to say, I am in a position also to describe myself as world-famous in Poland.
Monday, March 24, 2014
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And don't forget that Thoreau "traveled extensively in Concord."
I know nothing of the Polish philosophy scene--but every time I hear some bit of news from it (contemporary or historical) I am fascinated. I do wish I had the motivation to learn another language.
My associations, of course, are with logic in the early and middle 20th century. Beyond that, I am clueless.
Except, of course, that my paternal grandfather's family came from Poland to the United States via Paris 140 years ago!
Is being famous in Poland better or worse than being big in Japan?
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