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The Actuality of Ernst Lubitsch
2 months ago

The Actuality of Ernst Lubitsch

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Theodor Adorno turned around Benedetto Croce’s patronizing historicist question about “what is dead and what is alive in Hegel’s dialectic.” If Hegel is really alive as a thinker, then the …
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The “World-Jewry” as a Misnomer for “The Globalists”:  Heidegger and Anti-Semitism
3 months ago

The “World-Jewry” as a Misnomer for “The Globalists”: Heidegger and Anti-Semitism

The publication of Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks is followed inevitably by an expanding industry of scholarly publications on Heidegger’s “anti-Semitism”. Exposed to the unabashed and loaded terms that he attributed …
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Apocalypse Then: A Year of Trump
3 months ago

Apocalypse Then: A Year of Trump

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We live in a postapocalyptic world.

Mind you, this is not a grim statement about the total devastation of our planet. I am not referring to the global environmental calamity …
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Sex, Contracts, and Manners
3 months ago

Sex, Contracts, and Manners

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In the West, at least, we are becoming massively aware of the extent of coercion and exploitation in sexual relations. However, we should also bear in mind the (no less …
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Hegel on Donald Trump’s “Objective Humor”
3 months ago

Hegel on Donald Trump’s “Objective Humor”

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What can we learn from Hegel on Donald Trump and his liberal critics? Quite a lot, surprisingly. In his critical account of Romantic irony, Hegel scathingly dismisses it as an …
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How Not to Be Replaced
4 months ago

How Not to Be Replaced

Political currents around the world have witnessed the rise of white nationalists who fear they are being replaced and express a desire to leave a world in which their children …
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Modern Money and the Future of the Aesthetic
4 months ago

Modern Money and the Future of the Aesthetic

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Aesthetics is an expansive and foundational category of modern life, organizing our thoughts, institutions, and practices. As a professor of film and media studies, I typically engage aesthetics through the …
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Political Correctness Goes to the Vatican
4 months ago

Political Correctness Goes to the Vatican

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Pope Francis usually displays the right intuitions in matters theological and political. Recently, however, he committed a serious blunder in endorsing the idea, propagated by some Catholics, of changing a …
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Post-Modern Conservatism
4 months ago

Post-Modern Conservatism

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Irrationalism, The Political Right and Collective Identities

Many on the Left maintain that, in contrast to conservatives, we must have greater respect for difference. Conservatives are seen as supporting a …
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The Love of Wisdom
5 months ago

The Love of Wisdom

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Flowers exist. Flowers are symptoms of sexual selection. Sexual selection is incredibly expensive from the genome’s point of view. So if genes are “selfish” in some sense, sexual selection is …
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