About Daniel Koffler

Daniel Koffler is a Clarendon Scholar and graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oxford.


In the Penal Colony

By December 20, 2007

Eva Ósk Arnardóttir is a young Icelandic woman who came to New York with some friends of hers for the Christmas holiday. Her friends made it through passport control at JFK. Eva, who had stayed in the US for three … Read More

At Least It’s an Ethos

By December 20, 2007

Last time we checked into the freakout-fit over "the New Atheism," we learned via Damon Linker's misreading of the philosophical tradition, that the New Atheists distinguish themselves from other atheists through their illiberal radicalism. Linker's analysis, in turn, recapitulates and … Read More

Our Culture War is Phony Too

By December 18, 2007

John Quiggin, reflecting on the fact that John Howard's defeat and its contretemps have left the Australian right effectively without representation in government, observes that the erstwhile parties to culture war debates in Oz have taken to arguing about whether … Read More

Changes (Turn and Face the Strain)

By December 18, 2007

As the Democratic presidential candidates have engineered the primary race into a contest of "change vs. experience," and representing change has emerged as the more desirable quality, liberal commentators are struggling to divine which candidate is the true "change candidate," … Read More

More on Joementum and Huckenfreude

By December 17, 2007

Last night, on the heels of Joe Lieberman's endorsement of John McCain, I made the case that when Joe Lieberman gives his inevitable address to the Republican National Convention, he'll be able to argue plausibly that he didn't leave the … Read More

Joementum II: Electric Boogaloo

By December 16, 2007

Recently, when speaking with gambling-minded friends of mine, I've queried them on what odds a smart bookie would lay for a bet that Joseph Lieberman will give a speech at the Republican convention next year. Until today, I wouldn't have … Read More

Alan Keyes’ Baroque Period

By December 14, 2007

I remember hearing in the hours just before the last Republican debate in Iowa that Alan Keyes, who had (to be fair to him) participated in the NAACP-sponsored forum that most of the top Republicans skipped, had somehow crossed the … Read More

David Gelernter’s Precious Bodily Fluids

By December 13, 2007

My former professor, David Gelernter, has a piece in the Weekly Standard attacking sexual freedom on the grounds that premarital sex destroys a young man or woman's ability to feel romantic love (defined, in Gelernter's inimitably circular way, as excluding … Read More