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Is the Anthropocene Upon Us?
3 years ago

Is the Anthropocene Upon Us?

We are told that we now live in the Anthropocene, a new geological age marked by human beings’ lasting influence on planet earth. In fact, the Anthropocene has become somewhat …
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Rescuing the Enlightenment from the Europeans
3 years ago

Rescuing the Enlightenment from the Europeans

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In his 1795 treatise Eternal Peace: A Philosophical Sketch, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that all “world citizens” should have a right to free movement, a right which he …
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Come Back Aesthetics
4 years ago

Come Back Aesthetics

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Who needs the Humanities today? Everyone does. Otherwise we give up all hope for freedom, social justice, and general human development in the tradition of enlightened modernity. Modernity hasn’t failed, …
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The Downward Spiral
4 years ago

The Downward Spiral

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The 2008 financial crash and inner-city riots across the West since the early 2000s revealed the limitations of the two liberalisms that have dominated Western politics for the past half-century: …
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Have you ever …?
4 years ago

Have you ever …?

We’re continually being bombarded with suggestions about what we might do (go jet skiing, study in Colorado, visit the Maldives or see the Pyramids). We’re always hearing of the amazing …
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Universities’ bureaucratic rule
4 years ago

Universities’ bureaucratic rule

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University has not always been the unwieldy bureaucratic machine that it is now. From the end of the eighteenth century onwards, European gymnasiums and universities were supposed to establish norms …
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Toward an Ecology of Sharing
4 years ago

Toward an Ecology of Sharing

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We live in a world which is perpetually on the verge of tightening, or altogether closing, its political and other human-made borders. Threats of terrorism, illegal migrations, and global epidemics …
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Algorithms of Taste
4 years ago

Algorithms of Taste

The cultural section of newspapers is one of the traditional bastions of criticism. It is here that books, music and theater plays are reviewed and judged. We are all aware …
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Divine violence in Ferguson
4 years ago

Divine violence in Ferguson

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In August 2014, violent protests exploded in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, after a policeman shot to death an unarmed black teenager suspected of robbery: For days, police tried …
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God, Charlie, No one
4 years ago

God, Charlie, No one

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“Blessed be Thou, No One”: this verse of Paul Celan appears in his poem “Psalm”. This formula, like much of the poem, imitates a phrase in the Psalms of David …
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