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Jean Vanier and an Ethics of Tenderness
3 days ago

Jean Vanier and an Ethics of Tenderness

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In 1964, after a visit to an institution in France where disabled men were kept locked up, Jean Vanier (1928-2019) gave up teaching philosophy at the University of Toronto and …
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Resisting the ‘Philosophical Policemen’
1 week ago

Resisting the ‘Philosophical Policemen’

British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously said that the European philosophical tradition “consists of a series of footnotes to Plato”. It is not surprising that an attack on European/Western philosophy …
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The Libidinal Economy of Singularity
2 weeks ago

The Libidinal Economy of Singularity

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Our media are more and more fascinated by the prospect of “post-humanity” opened up by a direct link between our brain and a digital machine. To remind readers, this is …
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Western White Supremacism and Non-Western Philosophy (A Reply to Manoharan)
3 weeks ago

Western White Supremacism and Non-Western Philosophy (A Reply to Manoharan)

Karthick Manoharan attacks my claim that Western metaphysics – particularly, the mind/body dualism and its ancestors and descendants – is intimately connected to white supremacism. He argues that non-Western cultures …
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The World as Will and Quantum Mechanics
1 month ago

The World as Will and Quantum Mechanics

There is, unfortunately, no such thing as fate. If we accept that quantum mechanics—for all the strangeness associated with it—gives an accurate description of the universe’s basic ontology, we should …
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Western Philosophy against White Supremacy
1 month ago

Western Philosophy against White Supremacy

“Therefore, the Negro nations are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because (Negroes) have little that is (essentially) human and possess attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb …
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A Literary Fantasy: The Unnameable Subject of Singularity
2 months ago

A Literary Fantasy: The Unnameable Subject of Singularity

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What kind of apocalypse announces itself in the prospect of the so-called “post-humanity” opened up by a direct link between our brain and a digital machine, popularly called “neuralink” and …
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Western Philosophy as White Supremacism
2 months ago

Western Philosophy as White Supremacism

The 17th and 18th centuries were characterized by the consolidation of European colonialism over much of the world and the rise of the Atlantic slave trade. This period is known …
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Artificial Intelligences: Eight Ethical Scenarios
2 months ago

Artificial Intelligences: Eight Ethical Scenarios

If every apocalypse has its own imagery, the allegory of our time looks like two black swans. One is oil-soaked and stumbles in a dried-up lake; the other …
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Coveting What You Resent: On the Absent Link between Life and Thought
2 months ago

Coveting What You Resent: On the Absent Link between Life and Thought

In a recent review of Eric Hobsbawm’s biography written by Richard J. Evans, Susan Pedersen gives a striking summary of the eventful life of the great historian: “For his whole …
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