Author: edmendelowitz

  • Global Warming

    Global Warming

    The Universal Mind of Sonny Rollins “Music gives us ontological messages which non-musical criticism is unable to contradict . . . There is a verge of the mind which these things haunt; and whispers therefrom mingle with the operations of our understanding, even as the waters of the infinite ocean send their waves to break […]

  • THE ANGEL OF HISTORY

    THE ANGEL OF HISTORY

    It’s coming to America first, The cradle of the best and of the worst. It’s here they got the range And the machinery for change And it here they got the spiritual thirst. It’s here the family’s broken And it’s here the lonely say That the heart has got to open in a fundamental way […]

  • Rollo May Award

    Rollo May Award

    Rollo May Award, 2016 American Psychological Convention, Denver CO Scott Churchill, Ph.D. Department of Psychology, Univeristy of Dallas Editor-in-Chief, The Humanistic Psychologist APA Fellow, Divisions 1, 5, 24, 32, and 56 APA Council of Representatives It is with great pleasure that I introduce Ed Mendelowitz to you as recipient of the 2016 Rollo May Award. […]

  • On Depression: Drugs, Diagnosis, and Despair in the Modern World

    On Depression: Drugs, Diagnosis, and Despair in the Modern World

    In a post to students enrolled in a course I teach on Death and Loss in Literature and Film, I recently wrote: “One of my better friends here in Boston is the psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi, whose books A First-Rate Madness and, even more, On Depression: Drugs, Diagnosis, and Despair in the Modern World are eminently […]

  • LIFE CONDUCT & MODERN TIMES, Part 2

    LIFE CONDUCT & MODERN TIMES, Part 2

    A talk given at a meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Vancouver and offered as a commentary on Matthias Bormuth’s lovely study of the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers: In this briefest reverie on Matthias Bormuth’s Life Conduct in Modern Times, I attempt to evoke Karl Jaspers’ essential themes through a chorus of simpatico […]

  • PSYCHOTHERAPY AND THE ART OF SELF-CREATION: BECOMING WHO WE ARE

    PSYCHOTHERAPY AND THE ART OF SELF-CREATION: BECOMING WHO WE ARE

    This essay considers psychotherapy as creative endeavor on both sides of the therapeutic dialectic. It recalls both a Nietzschean adage (“self-creation, the most difficult art”) and the injunction he adapted ever-so-slightly from the Greek poet Pindar: “How one becomes what one is.” The presuppositions and potentials underwriting this piece tap into bedrock existential themes of […]

  • What Makes Life Significant, Part 2

    What Makes Life Significant, Part 2

    William James’s favorite among his briefer pieces was a lecture-transcribed-into-essay entitled “On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings.” It is, according James biographer Robert Richardson, what “Self-Reliance “ is to Emerson and “Song of Myself” to Whitman. It is a characteristically straightforward as well as literary piece in which Robert Louis Stevenson, Wordsworth, Whitman, and, […]

  • BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE: A Place of Art

    BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE: A Place of Art

    Black Mountain College was once one of the most forward-leaning places of aesthetics and learning in the United States. Willem de Kooning, Ruth Asawa, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Josef Albers, Merce Cunningham and Buckminster Fuller are among the better-known artists and free-spirits associated with this vibrant institution during the two decades of its storied existence. […]

  • Dreams, information highways, and virtual being in the world . . .

    Dreams, information highways, and virtual being in the world . . .

    “Our danger is that, invaded by the external, we may be driven out of ourselves, left with our inner selves empty, and thus become transformed into gateways on the highway through which a throng of objects come and go.” — J. Ortega y Gasset, Meditations on Quixote “Basically the dream was about a robot that […]

  • THE PLACES OF ART

    THE PLACES OF ART

    “For the work of art carries within it an integral aesthetic and philosophical unity; it is an organism. Living and developing according to its own laws. Can one talk of experiment in relation to the birth of a child? It is senseless and immoral.” Andrey Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time “I can very well do without […]