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Two Versions of Politics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
5 months ago

Two Versions of Politics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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My first experience of homophobia was in Denmark. I’d visited a bar and met someone. He and I were walking the mostly deserted streets of Copenhagen’s gay neighborhood late at …
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Slavoj Žižek, Emergency Capitalism, and the Capitulation of the Left
5 months ago

Slavoj Žižek, Emergency Capitalism, and the Capitulation of the Left

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As an admirer of Žižek’s work, I found his viral responses to Covid-19 (books, short texts, interviews) rather disappointing, and in many ways representative of the Left’s capitulation to the …
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Vaccine Guilt and Moral Emotions
5 months ago

Vaccine Guilt and Moral Emotions

Since COVID-19 vaccination began in the United States at the end of 2020 with healthcare workers and other high-risk professionals and medically vulnerable individuals, we have been hearing about “vaccine …
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Class Struggle Against Classism
6 months ago

Class Struggle Against Classism

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In the ceremony of Biden’s inauguration, there was a lone figure who stole the show by just sitting there, sticking out as an element of discord disturbing the spectacle of …
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The Knowable Unknown: “Dark Philosophy” and Fiction
6 months ago

The Knowable Unknown: “Dark Philosophy” and Fiction

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In the afterword to the 2020 reprinting of Kathe Koja’s seminal novel from 1991, The Cipher, Maryse Meijer writes: “Unlike many horror stories, in which protagonists stumble on some terrible …
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43 Aphorisms
6 months ago

43 Aphorisms

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Sometimes, breaking a rule can heal a wound.

 

 

Depend upon no one, whose independence is guaranteed.

 

 

If you dive into the wreckage of your worst deeds, …
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The Powerlessness of Philosophy
6 months ago

The Powerlessness of Philosophy

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A towering figure in the study of ancient thought, Pierre Hadot outlined three aspects of pursuing philosophy in Antiquity. Crucial to his distinction was the context of doing philosophy, rather …
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Paris Commune at 150
6 months ago

Paris Commune at 150

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These days we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune which lasted exactly 2 months and 10 days (from March 18 till May 28 1871). After the infamous defeat …
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Art from the Future
7 months ago

Art from the Future

What is the purpose of the imagination when society is dominated by throwaway images? How did we come to create such a luxurious condition for ourselves, putting imagination to such …
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Duchamp on ‘Alien Thought’
7 months ago

Duchamp on ‘Alien Thought’

In 1976, AI pioneer Joseph Weizenbaum described machinic reasoning as ‘alien thought.’ Weizenbaum reasoned that, since the domain of thinking was “determined by man’s humanity,” “every other intelligence, however great, …
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