Philosophy Talk: A Kantian Analysis of Xenophobia (1996;
A public lecture in philosophy, intended for a
general academic audience, delivered to the Institute for Research
in the Humanities, SUNY/Stonybrook. I try to answer the question of
how it is possible for politically opportunistic racist or
xenophobic ethnic ideologies to turn family members and
longstanding friends into enemies virtually overnight. After the
lecture I answer questions from and engage in occasionally humorous
dialogue with the audience. This talk may be of interest to institutions
in the United States at which I have had to decline invitations to
speak, because of my status as a Suspicious Traveler on the U. S.
Transportation Security Administration’s Watch List.