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Marino pens pieces for national media, appears on CNN

MarinoGordon300x350In recent days, St. Olaf College Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino has covered two of his greatest passions — boxing and philosophy — for media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and CNN International.

Marino began his media blitz with a piece in the global edition of the New York Times honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.

“Throughout the ups and downs of the scholarly market, the intellectual world has remained bullish on Kierkegaard, in part because the Dane, unlike other members of the Socrates guild, always addressed what human beings are really up against in themselves,” writes Marino, who also serves as the curator of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf. The library will celebrate two centuries of Kierkegaard with a conference this summer.

In a piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Marino turned his attention to assessing the boxing career of “the planet’s premier pugilist,” Floyd Mayweather, who faced off against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero over the weekend.

“Simply put, the question facing the 36-year-old Mayweather is this: What is his signature fight? Has it even happened yet? And will he be remembered most for never getting in the ring with Pacquiao, the one fighter who might have been his equal?” Marino writes.

He also live blogged the fight for the paper and wrote follow-up pieces on Mayweather’s victory and future plans. In addition, Marino did pre-fight and post-fight interviews with CNN International.

On the same day, Marino also penned a piece for the Huffington Post about a fight in Germany between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Francesco Pianeta of Italy.