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Vikings, Solaris, Katla: The Big Other and Its Vicissitudes
2 days ago

Vikings, Solaris, Katla: The Big Other and Its Vicissitudes

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Vikings: the big Other as the truth of appearance

What Lacan calls “the big Other” designates a dimension beyond (or, rather, beneath) the sphere of reality and the pleasure-principle, of …
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The R-Files 6: A. Hamza on Love
1 week ago

The R-Files 6: A. Hamza on Love

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The title of this text will most likely get the attention of every ordinary romantic. And, that is not a very difficult thing to do. Romantics like to love – …
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Ignorance by Design
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Ignorance by Design

We live in times of rampant social inequality and division. The extant political inequalities are hierarchical, and result in the increasing prevalence of wealthy elites who traverse the realms of …
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Stasis @ The Salon 1. From the Quarantine to the General Strike: On Bataille’s Political Economy
3 weeks ago

Stasis @ The Salon 1. From the Quarantine to the General Strike: On Bataille’s Political Economy

This essay opens a new rubric Stasis @ The Salon, in which we will publish selected fragments from new issues of the journal Stasis, covering a broad range of topics, …
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The Plight of Twenty-First-Century Migrants
1 month ago

The Plight of Twenty-First-Century Migrants

More than sixty years ago, in 1959, Dissent’s editors decided to publish Hannah Arendt’s “Reflections on Little Rock,” emphasizing that they nevertheless found the piece “entirely mistaken.”[i]

Arendt’s essay had …
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Capitalism Is the Alternative: Dogmatic Marxism… or Worse! A Debate With Slavoj Žižek
1 month ago

Capitalism Is the Alternative: Dogmatic Marxism… or Worse! A Debate With Slavoj Žižek

In 1868, the First International began to split into two broad groups. On the one side were the anarchists, including Mikhail Bakunin. This group favored an anti-parliamentary program at a …
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The R-Files 5.0: F. Ruda on Hegel’s Last Jena Philosophy of Spirit
1 month ago

The R-Files 5.0: F. Ruda on Hegel’s Last Jena Philosophy of Spirit

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Recently, I’ve reread Hegel’s first full draft of his mature philosophical system. Therein one finds a surprising remark on mistrust. When he was lecturing in Jena in 1805/06 on the …
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Law Is Not Justice
2 months ago

Law Is Not Justice

It is my conviction that as long as there is economic inequality among nation-states, tremendous apartheid in access to soul-making—as opposed to only income-producing—education on a raced-classed-gender basis; and, given …
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Moral Orientation of US Universities and the Emergence of Evil
2 months ago

Moral Orientation of US Universities and the Emergence of Evil

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The Wisconsin Idea

In 1905, Charles van Hise, president of the University of Wisconsin, addressed a Press Association to explain what is now known as the Wisconsin Idea.

“The knowledge …
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Two Versions of Politics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
2 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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