Posts by: zakbos

Two dozen books up for grabs

Time again for a Core summer tradition: a book give-away. We invite you — student, alumni, and friends of the Core — to peruse the list of books below. If you would like any of them, they are yours for the asking! All you have to do is email the Core office, letting us know […]

Analects of the Core: Mead on the sexes

The knowledge that the personalities of the two sexes are socially produced is congenial to every programme that looks forward to a planned order of society. It is a two-edged sword that can be used to hew a more flexible, more varied society than the human race has ever built, or merely to cut a […]

Analects of the Core: Woolf on music

‘Like’ and ‘like’ and ‘like’ — but what is the thing that lies beneath the semblance of the thing? now that lightning has gashed the tree and the flowering branch has fallen and Percival, by his death, has made me this gift, let me see the thing. There is a square; there is an oblong. […]

The Aeneid: Whose side are you on?

Are you #TeamDido or #TeamAeneas? Here at the office, we’re split on the question of who to root for. Prof. David Green — an ardent supporter of Team Aeneas — sympathizes with Dido’s plight, but recognizes the importance of duty over impious furor. However! Cat Dossett (CAS ’18) thinks that Dido doesn’t need Prof. Green’s sympathy. […]

Alumni Profiles: Howard Wang

Thanks for taking the time to let us know how you’re doing! Prof. Thornton Lockwood has let us know you were just accepted into Georgetown’s prestigious McCourt School of Public Policy. Congratulations! To begin, can we tell our readers how many years you spent at BU? I spent three years at BU in undergrad and […]

Study philosophy for better welders?

When Marco Rubio declared “We need more welders and less philosophers,” he was greeted with quite the bit of applause. This push for vocational work (shall we call it a populist appeal?) has become a central thread in the public conversation of this election season; this is likely motivated by continuing concerns about economic recovery […]

Vox Pop: Responses to a Faust lecture

Now I’ve studied philosophy, Jurisprudence too, and medicine, And even, sad to say, theology, Thoroughly, with great exertion. And here I am, poor fool, Not one bit wiser than before! from Faust, trans.Kirby In his CC 202 lecture yesterday, Prof. William Waters spoke about Goethe’s Faust, enlivening the talk by playing a recording of Janet […]

What Core’s reading these days

According to Joseph Addison: Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. We agree! With the abundance of minds that come and go about the Core office, we from time to timecollect a list of what current students are reading. Seldom are we disappointed by the variety of experiences. On a recent […]

What’s great about Goethe?

That Goethe is being read as part of CC202 speaks to his profound impact on literature. A writer whose works mimicked his life (or perhaps the opposite), Goethe felt a longing, a hiraeth perhaps, for something truehe wanted experience for experiences sake. Yet, can it be recounted when Goethe was last mentioned outside of the […]

For the Love of Dog!

The following post was originally published on the BU Culture Shock blog. Read Emmy Parks post, God is a Canine. Emmy lands on a conclusion that Id like to start with: What is God spelled backwards? Dog. God is with us, anyways. God is a dog. God is a dog. Or, ratherand here Id like […]