I am so excited for "The Stone," the New York Times' new Opinionator column on philosophy. I hope it asks simple and fundamental questions, rather than spinning off into aesthete, bouge-y Times wankery. The Times has taken a gamble with this one, and I hope they use it wisely, as a way of illuminating the unexamined assumptions of the status quo. Moderator Simon Critchley's first post, "What Is a Philosopher?", positions "The Stone" as a venue for pushing and criticizing Business As Usual, but it betrays no intellectual commitments that could jeopardize this ambitious project.