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The Moebius Strip of Sexual Contracts
4 days ago

The Moebius Strip of Sexual Contracts

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First some data. The so-called “incels” (involuntary celibates) are part of what is usually referred to as the “online male supremacist ecosystem.” Members of this (not only) online subculture define themselves as unable to find …
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Rehumanizing Palestinians? Radicalize the Struggle!
1 week ago

Rehumanizing Palestinians? Radicalize the Struggle!

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As the Israeli military continues to carry out its anti-kite air raids in the Gaza strip, another war has been raging in the mainstream and social media about Palestinian humanity. …
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Trouble in Paradise: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence
3 weeks ago

Trouble in Paradise: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

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Why is the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) unnerving to so many of us? I have a theory. Our ill-ease with AI may be due to the fact that the …
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Why Did I Sign the Letter in Support of Avital Ronell?
3 weeks ago

Why Did I Sign the Letter in Support of Avital Ronell?

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A letter in support of Avital Ronell, professor at the German Department of NYU, which I also signed, caused some outcry in the academic yellow press. Avital was accused of …
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What Do We Do When We Do Philosophy?
4 weeks ago

What Do We Do When We Do Philosophy?

Recently, an ‘anonymous academic’ published a piece in The Guardian. He or she seemed to be voicing a common ‘predicament’ that has been recently upsetting the western academia: “I struggle …
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The Time of the Victim
1 month ago

The Time of the Victim

A key theme of Night Shyamalan’s psycho-thriller film Split (2016) is surviving abuse. Kevin Crumb, played by James McAvoy, was abused as a child and suffers from dissociative identity disorder, …
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When the Private Becomes Political
1 month ago

When the Private Becomes Political

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I think that there is a lot of good that can come from the #metoo campaign, but at the same time I am wary of the way this conversation about …
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Spaces of Terror
2 months ago

Spaces of Terror

For my students…

 Modern International Law is, essentially, a right of war and peace – a jus belli ac pacis, as it was called by one of its founding fathers, …
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Troubles with Identity
2 months ago

Troubles with Identity

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Everyone who is troubled by new anti-immigrant populism should make the effort to watch Europa – the Last Battle (Tobias Bratt, Sweden 2017), a 10-episode documentary. It presents in extenso
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A Fact of Life
2 months ago

A Fact of Life

Here he is for the first time: in heartbreak. It was long overdue, E. thinks; he is turning 30 next year. But maybe that’s unfair; he remembers something that felt …
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