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Interview with Jean-Jacques Rousseau on LGBT Rights
2 days ago

Interview with Jean-Jacques Rousseau on LGBT Rights

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H: What to make of the homophobia of our predecessors? We have with us today a man known for his love for the human heart, and yet whose record of …
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The Vice of Humanism: Abandoning Academic Philosophy in a Third-World Country
1 week ago

The Vice of Humanism: Abandoning Academic Philosophy in a Third-World Country

I was an academic philosopher for over twenty years. I published in journals that were indexed but had no readers, advised my students to be rigorous rather than creative, and furiously …
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Unrepentant Charlatanism (with a response by Slavoj Žižek)
2 weeks ago

Unrepentant Charlatanism (with a response by Slavoj Žižek)

In the appendix to an article recently published on The Philosophical Salon website, Slavoj Žižek offers a response to the accusations of racism, repetition, reactionaryism and charlatanism that I made …
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Before and Beyond “Left” and “Right”
3 weeks ago

Before and Beyond “Left” and “Right”

Our increasing left-right polarization has a not so unintended effect: it puts more and more pressure on each of us to identify one way or the other, and then, within …
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More on Joker: From Apolitical Nihilism to a New Left, or Why Trump is no Joker
1 month ago

More on Joker: From Apolitical Nihilism to a New Left, or Why Trump is no Joker

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One should begin by expressing admiration for a Hollywood, in which it is possible to make a film like Todd Phillips’ Joker, and for the public that turned it into …
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Approximation Is the New Accuracy
1 month ago

Approximation Is the New Accuracy

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The aim of all research, in the humanities as well as the sciences, is to arrive at results that are as accurate as possible. The history of Western thought is, …
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Can One Be a Hegelian Today?
1 month ago

Can One Be a Hegelian Today?

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I am a Hegelian – but which Hegel am I referring to here? Where am I speaking from?

To simplify it to the utmost, the triad that defines my philosophical …
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What the End of Modern Philosophy Would Look Like
2 months ago

What the End of Modern Philosophy Would Look Like

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Philosophy is, no doubt, the slowest-moving branch of human inquiry. The best proof of this can be seen in its peculiar use of the word “modern.”

When musicians speak of …
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‘We Are All Clowns’ – A Defense of Joker
2 months ago

‘We Are All Clowns’ – A Defense of Joker

Several critics – they are far too many to cite here – have accused Todd Phillips’ film Joker (2019) of glorifying white male victimhood. They seemed convinced that this was …
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Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
2 months ago

Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

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Donald Trump calls the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a “humanitarian crisis.” He is right, but for the wrong reasons. It is not a crisis in terms of the number …
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