About Daniel Koffler

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


Lifetime Appointment: An Eight-Point Plan for Using and Abusing the Tenure System

By November 14, 2007

  Last weekend, in a cubicle in an overheated converted office in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, I took the GRE, the standardized test of verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing ability that purports to predict a student's performance in graduate school. … Read More

In Defense of Ron Paul

By November 13, 2007

There's been rather a lot of Ron Paul bashing here and in nearby environs recently. I have to demur, both on the substantive case against Paul, and the way that case has been framed. Daniel Sieradski inveighs against Ron Paul's … Read More

Bernard Lewis, Abe Foxman, Genocide, and ‘Genocide’

Bernard Lewis, Abe Foxman, Genocide, and ‘Genocide’
By November 12, 2007

I want to underscore Josh's comments about Bernard Lewis' sinister complacency on the question of the Armenian genocide. Josh helpfully mentions the heroic campaign of Raphael Lemkin, the inventor of the term ‘genocide', to install the concept into international law. … Read More

Joe Lieberman’s “Insipid” Internationalism?

By November 9, 2007

Taking Joe Lieberman to task for some unfounded swipes at Democrats in the Financial Times, Matt Yglesias complains that Lieberman's interpretation of the history of liberal internationalism "is really insipid." Now look, I'm not trying to pick on anyone, and … Read More

Tortured Interpretation

By November 9, 2007

I don't have much to add directly to what Daniel Larison is saying here in response to Matt Yglesias' glib dismissal of Tim Lee's complaint about the unpopularity of "[t]he general point that violating the constitution is wrong even if … Read More

N-Pod on Why “Defeatocrat” Means “Queer”

By November 8, 2007

At Reason's blog Hit & Run, Brian Doherty calls my attention to a sharp piece by CATO foreign policy analyst Justin Logan in the pages of The American Prospect on the inanity of analogies between present circumstances and Hitler and … Read More

The National Review’s Stupid Defense of Torture

The National Review’s Stupid Defense of Torture
By November 7, 2007

  It's mildly amusing to see Andrew Sullivan mournfully assert, in the context of discussing National Review's increasingly tight editorial embrace of unlimited executive authority, that the magazine has abandoned the principles of William F. Buckley Jr., considering that a … Read More

The Semantic Is The Political

The Semantic Is The Political
By November 7, 2007

This Matt Yglesias post about the BBC's rather helpful pronunciation strike force gives me the opportunity for a linguistic kvetch that's been on my mind ever since the accession of Iran's lovable president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Namely, the conventional pronunciation of … Read More