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Pedagogy and Other Defenses against the Dark Arts: Professor Severus Snape and Harry Potter
3 years ago

Pedagogy and Other Defenses against the Dark Arts: Professor Severus Snape and Harry Potter

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In memory of Alan Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016)

ALAN RICKMAN gives us J. K. Rowling’s Professor Severus Snape as we know and loathe him. Setting aside the …
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Freedom and the Refugees
3 years ago

Freedom and the Refugees

LIBERTY is arguably the bedrock of modern, Western-style democracies. From the French Revolution’s trinity “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” the last term echoes nowadays as a quaint, out-of-the-grandma’s-closet reverie. Equality fares a bit …
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On Privacing
3 years ago

On Privacing

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WAS PRIVACY — as an idea and a reality — only a brief interlude, available to a few prosperous, modern Westerners? They could afford rooms of their own where they might …
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The Meaning of “Clean Energy”
3 years ago

The Meaning of “Clean Energy”

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AS THE GLOBAL CONFERENCE on climate change is taking place in Paris, it is time to contemplate the meaning of “clean energy.” In the West, the word energy is marked …
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Technologies of Global Warming
3 years ago

Technologies of Global Warming

THE CITY OF PARIS, the host of the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP21) whose objective is to slow down global warming, is quite a good illustration of the theme of …
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Bartleby, Refugee, Sovereignty
3 years ago

Bartleby, Refugee, Sovereignty

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SOME 10 YEARS AGO, in an article that now makes me cringe (please don’t look it up!), I discussed a short text by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben titled “Beyond …
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The Politics of Politics
3 years ago

The Politics of Politics

IDIOMS beginning “the politics of…” are often used to describe a dimension of other activities that is thought to be less than essential to them. “The politics of the university,” …
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Hunger
3 years ago

Hunger

ONE WAY we might think about the present is by way of an all too natural epidemic of hunger confusion. Here is what we are so often told by those experts …
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Is Existentialism a Posthumanism?
3 years ago

Is Existentialism a Posthumanism?

IT HAS NOW BEEN 70 years, almost to the date (October 29, 1945), since Jean-Paul Sartre gave his famous talk “Existentialism is a Humanism,” published as a book a short time …
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The Responsibility of Others
3 years ago

The Responsibility of Others

AS PEOPLE IN EUROPE are seeking ways to deal with the fallout from the Greek crisis, a common theme emerges in the discourses of very diverse agents: others are to blame. …
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