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About Michael Steinberg

Michael Steinberg writes about the links between social structure and the implicit framing of experience. He has published essays on the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte and several books, including The Fiction of a Thinkable World: Body, Meaning, and the Culture of Capitalism; A New Biology of Religion; and Enlightenment Interrupted: The Lost Moment of German Idealism and the Reactionary Present.
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A Few Points of Philosophical Interest Learned by Watching Our Cats: Part II
1 month ago

A Few Points of Philosophical Interest Learned by Watching Our Cats: Part II

If cats are conscious but not self-conscious—that is, if they do not split experience in two and constitute an inner self which stands at one remove from all other perceptions—they …
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A Few Points of Philosophical Interest Learned by Watching Our Cats: Part I
2 months ago

A Few Points of Philosophical Interest Learned by Watching Our Cats: Part I

Above is our cat Oliver, in a photograph made by my wife Loret. Oliver is four years old. He takes to visitors, though he can be skittish, and they take …
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Fichte. Seriously.
10 months ago

Fichte. Seriously.

In the English-speaking world Johann Gottlieb Fichte (17623-1814) is treated as what one might call a footnote philosopher, mentioned—if at all—only in connection with someone or something else. He is …
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It Is Not Humanity That Is Failing: A Manifesto
1 year ago

It Is Not Humanity That Is Failing: A Manifesto

At some point we will have to admit that we have failed. We will not have averted catastrophic climate change. We will not have spread prosperity as far as it …
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