Local sweethearts enter tenth decade — together

If you’re lucky, you’ll spot Victor and Betty Nuovo just about any morning, walking hand-in-hand along Main and/or Weybridge streets.

Victor Nuovo: U.S. confronts Political Realism

Political Realism is a theory of government whose special concern is with the immoral forces endemic to all governments, which are stubborn and persistent obstacles to justice.

Victor Nuovo: The meaning of it all

This essay concludes my current series of essays, and, as is fitting, I finish with a conclusion.

Victor Nuovo: Rawls considered equal treatment for all

I will conclude this series of essays on the life of the mind in America with a brief account of “A Theory of Justice” by American philosopher John Rawls.

Victor Nuovo: MLK went beyond civil rights

39th in a series Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968), MLK, did not only theorize about social ethics, he embodied it, and gave his life for it. The fundamental truth for which he gave his life is the principle of freedom and equality for all persons. It is … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: MLK went beyond civil rights

39th in a seriesMartin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968), MLK, did not only theorize about social ethics, he embodied it, and gave his life for it. The fundamental truth for which he gave his life is the principle of freedom and equality for all persons. It is … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: Niebuhr described human paradox

38th in a seriesReinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) situated himself in the tradition of social ethics created by Jane Addams, as did John Dewey; his affinity with her was greater than Dewey’s, for, like Addams, he was deeply influenced by the ethical teachings … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: Children need citizenship tools

37th in a seriesJohn Dewey (1859–1952) was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. Vermonters should take special notice, for Dewey was a native son. Born and raised in Burlington, a graduate of the University of Vermont, he died in … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: Santayana tries to explain ‘beauty’

36th in a series“The Sense of Beauty” is the title of a book written by George Santayana. It was his first book, published in 1896. It is a path-breaking book, and it has become a classic. This essay offers a brief exposition of it.Santayana wrote it to a … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: George Santayana faced the unknown

35th in a series“How came a child born in Spain of Spanish parents to be educated in Boston and to write in the English language?” With this question, the philosopher George Santayana begins a short biographical essay. Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz De Santa … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: Jane Addams looked at systems

34th in a seriesThe achievement of Jane Addams can be put in one sentence. She invented Social Ethics, both practically and theoretically. Social Ethics is a theory of normative behavior, which is founded on the premise that the moral life of individuals … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: Henry Adams a study in Americana

33rd in a seriesHenry Adams (1838-1918) belonged to one of America’s great families. He was the great-grandson of John (1735–1826) and Abagail Adams (1744-1818). John Adams, one of the nation’s founders, served as its first vice president and its second p … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: James saw a pluralistic universe

32nd in a seriesWilliam James was an American hero. He displayed boundless energy, which was more willed than natural, and he was driven by an insatiable desire for knowledge, which he pursued relentlessly in spite of chronic ill health (a weak and failin … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: The pragmatic meaning of truth

31st in a seriesWhat is truth? How would you answer this question? You may find it a greater challenge than at first imagined, for truth is one of those words whose meaning we are sure we know until challenged to define it. In our everyday experience we h … (read more)

Victor Nuovo: William James thought about thinking

30th in a seriesWilliam James (1842–1910) is surely the most celebrated of American philosophers, and, in the light of his achievement, he is justly celebrated. He is the quintessential American thinker. Although his mind may not have been as acute and as … (read more)

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