Newton GarverNewton Garver was born in Buffalo NY, returning in 1961 to teach Philosophy at the University of Buffalo. There he rose through the ranks, becoming Distinguished Service Professor in 1991. At UB he chaired the Faculty Senate, published respectably, and traveled and lectured extensively. Now retired from active teaching, he lives nearby in a country house built by his grandparents, together with Anneliese Garver, his wife of 50 years. He continues to write and to give occasional lectures, but is more occupied with upkeep of the land and with various Quaker activities.

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As We Fare Forward
Lord, stay with us as we fare forward into new days


I became President of the Board of Managers of Oakwood School in the middle of 1973, and made these remarks about Quaker education when I presided at the graduation ceremony the following June:

Remarks at Graduation

Oakwood Friends School

June, 1974



   I give thanks for many wonderful greetings and congratulations on my 85th birthday.  The 24th was not only the end of 85 years but also the end of 30 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) sessions, each of which took nearly four hours out of the day – the latest of a long series of medical assaults that began in February 2012:

   2/12 -- ambulatory surgery to remove what was thought to be a cyst

   3/12 – 9-day hospitalization following auto accident

   4/12 – powerful chemo to reduce tumor (former “cyst”)


The 1960s wer  years of violene is the USA, inlcuding a Presidential assassination and war-like suppression of riots in many cities.  My essay "What Violence Is" was published near the end of the decade in an attempt to clarify and relate to one another varoious aspects or kinds of violence.  It has been reprinted vary many times in various anthologies, and I believe that nothing I have written has been read by so many people.  More people have praised it as "discussble" than as true, but its basic categories have entered into current discussions of violence.

Derrida and Wittgenstein – Again
These remarks were written as my contribution to the second Korean edition of the volume I wrote with Seung Chong Lee. Their starting point is reviews of the first edition of our work, which leads naturally into consideration of some general themes, especially about the relation of literary criticism and philosophy. Even the most partisan of the reviews has something valuable to consider, and the issues that arise are not merely nit-picking. One of the prominent features post-modernism was skepticism (or denial) of a distinction between the two domains, whereas our work insists on such a distinction.  The second Korean edition appeared in 2010, but these remarks have not been published in English.

Friends seem generally in denial about our long-standing war against nature. The chief human accomplishment in this war has been the explosion of the human population. When I was born, no human had lived through a doubling of the human population. In my lifetime it has more than tripled, and I could still live to see it quadruple. All that growth has been at the expense of nature, that is, at the expense of other creatures and features of the natural world. How has that happened?
    My extended thoughts about this dilemma were published in the November 2011 issue of SPARK, and are attached. 

Last year Evo Morales Ayma, president of Bolivia since 2006 and the first indigenous Amerindian elected president of any country in South America, published a volume containing his messages on economic and environmental policies. It contains highly challenging ideas, often deliberately confronting those of the United States. Some of what he says is political hype and some of it seems out of touch with scientific thinking. But the same can be said for most of what US politicians have to say about those matters, and some of what he says invokes deep moral principles. The shame is that Evo Morales has been ignored by the US media, although his ideas deserve thoughtful discussion. I have made some notes from his book, which are attached. Although I have occasionally paraphrased in my own words [in square brackets], most of the notes are direct quotations.

Kwame Anthony Appiah has just published a new book, The Honor Code, which gives me occasion to recall both my connection with him and his connection with Fred Irvine, an old Quaker friend of mine and one of the distinguished Quaker scientists of the 20th century. 
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