Marino is professor emeritus of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, Marino, and the author of The Existentialist’s Survival Guide (Harper).


I floated an idea, borrowed from Obama, about a way to test post-racial relations—or was it just another attempt by a white guy to put the problem of systemic racism to bed?

Big Hitters

Football players are getting attention about widespread brain damage, but what about boxers? Gordon Marino says it’s time for a new ethos in boxing: quit when your health is at risk.


The leading heavyweight fighter of his generation, Vitali Klitschko, is set to announce his retirement from the ring and to enter the fray of Ukrainian politics. Gordon Marino asks him if he’s ready for the rough sport of electoral politics.

The coaches involved in the pay-for-injury scandal at the New Orleans Saints have all been suspended by the NFL, but Gordon Marino argues that one group knew better and said nothing: the players.