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Marino discusses 'Boxing Lessons' in the New York Times

By David Gonnerman '90
September 17, 2010

"I offer training in both philosophy and boxing. Over the years, some of my colleagues have groused that my work is a contradiction, building minds and cultivating rational discourse while teaching violence and helping to remove brain cells," Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino writes in "Boxing Lessons" for the New York Times online philosophy forum called The Stone.

"Truth be told, I think philosophers with this gripe should give some thought to what really counts as violence. I would rather take a punch in the nose any day than be subjected to some of the attacks that I have witnessed in philosophy colloquia. However, I have a more positive case for including boxing in my curriculum for sentimental education."

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