Public Philosophy

I am the organizer of Philosophy Meets: East and West, a Meetup group in New York City that hosts discussions on topics in analytic philosophy, Eastern philosophy and current affairs. 

I also serve on the board of Gotham Philosophical Society, a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering public philosophical dialogue within the New York City community.   

Upcoming Events

Our Question on November 7th:  Should New York State Hold a Constitutional Convention? Every 20 years, New Yorkers have the chance to vote on whether to hold a convention to amend the State’s constitution. What is at stake? Join us for a debate and discussion from 7 – 9 pm on Wednesday, September 13 at the Holyrood Church (179th Street and Fort Washington Avenue).

Speakers:  Moderator: Juan Rosa, Barack Obama Democratic Club
Pro: Arthur Z. Schwartz, Greenwich Village Democratic District Leader
Con: George Albro, Brooklyn Progressive Action Network

Hosted by: Uptown Progressive Action, Barack Obama Democratic Club, Philosophy Meets: East and West and Gotham Philosophical Society

Past Events

I read “Mystery of the Mirror” from Leonard Cohen and Philosophy: Various Positions at the Cornelia Street Cafe. (See below.) Leonard Cohen and Philosophy was  recently reviewed in The Hopkins Review <https://muse.jhu.edu/article/615172> and in the CAML Review, the official publications of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries <http://caml.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/caml/article/view/40270>.

LEONARD COHEN AND PHILOSOPHY, Sunday, January 25, 2015

Please join us as authors Babette Babich, Christopher Ketcham, and Lisa Warenski read selections from Leonard Cohen and Philosophy , edited by Jason Holt (2014 from Open Court Publishing Company).  Time: 6:00 pm.  Where: Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014 (near Sixth Avenue and West 4th St.)

Cohen and Philosophy Book Imaage

With his uniquely compelling voice and unparalleled depth of artistic vision, the aesthetic quality and intellectual merit of Cohen’s work are above dispute; here, for the first time, a team of philosophers takes an in-depth look at its real significance. Join us for an evening of philosophical reflection on the work of this most enigmatic and mysterious pop-star poet.

“Cohen famously said that there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. This book takes the brilliant light of Cohen’s words and shines it into Plato’s cave with such strength the prisoners are not only free but see the sun.” — Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences