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June 6, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 14

Reading a Taoist text

In response to: READING ROOM: Alan Lightman ’70


Published in the June 6, 2012 issue

In the article about Alan Lightman ’70’s new novel (Alumni Scene, Feb. 8), a note surprised me: “What he’s reading now: Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese text about Buddhist philosophy.” That third-century B.C. work (“The Book of the Way and Its Virtue”) is the most important ...

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Okada mourned as mentor

In response to: In Brief


Published in the June 6, 2012 issue

I was heartbroken to learn about the loss of Professor Richard Okada of the East Asian studies department (Campus Notebook, May 16). He was an intellectual idol for me and, I suspect, for countless others around him.  I had the honor and good fortune to have Professor Okada...

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A Kaufmann memorial


Published in the June 6, 2012 issue

For a memorial Professor Walter Kaufmann, who taught in the philosophy department more than 35 years until his untimely death in 1980, I am soliciting from his colleagues and students, graduate and undergraduate, recollections of him as a teacher and scholar. My idea is ...

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Sad statistics on academics

In response to: USG surveys academic life, asks faculty for changes


Published in the June 6, 2012 issue

How painful to read your story, “USG surveys academic life” (Campus Notebook, April 25). Here we learn that Princeton students spend only 26 hours per week on coursework outside of class. For courses that require more than four hours per week of reading, students report that,...

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Questions about Greek policy

In response to: Tough penalties suggested for frosh-rush ban violators


Published in the June 6, 2012 issue

I hold no brief for frats, which I think would be a significant minus were they to spread on Princeton’s campus. But I’m enough of a civil libertarian to be very uncomfortable with the kinds of enforcement that would be required to make this policy stick. Ultimately, the...

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