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Postmodern Identity Politics: Justice At Last, or Anti-Realist Sophistry?
4 days ago

Postmodern Identity Politics: Justice At Last, or Anti-Realist Sophistry?

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What is often called ‘identity politics’ in the twenty-first century seems to be closely connected to the rise of powerful new forms of communications technology. We have seen the birth …
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Just OK
2 weeks ago

Just OK

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The other day I asked a friend of mine whether or not I should go to the movie theater to watch the new indie film on the block. “How was …
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Day’s Eye Closed
3 weeks ago

Day’s Eye Closed

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The daisy gets its name from the fact that it opens its petals at daybreak and follows the sun throughout the day as it travels across the sky. The flower …
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Do Our Lives Need a Story?
4 weeks ago

Do Our Lives Need a Story?

Grau, teurer Freund, ist alle Theorie, Und grün des Lebens goldner Baum.                         –Goethe, Faust, Part One.[i]

 

In explaining his choice to present a Critique of Pure Reason instead …
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Reconciliation, from Wagner to Rammstein
1 month ago

Reconciliation, from Wagner to Rammstein

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Hegel’s pages on Beautiful Soul and the “hard heart” in his Phenomenology[1] reverberate today as an uncanny in-advance critique of Political Correctness. Just recall his claim that moral judgment is …
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Gaza: A Ghastly Window into the Crisis of Global Capitalism
1 month ago

Gaza: A Ghastly Window into the Crisis of Global Capitalism

As the world watches in horror over the mounting death toll of Palestinian civilians and Israel faces charges before the International Court of Justice for the Crime of Genocide, the …
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Naked to the Wind
2 months ago

Naked to the Wind

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Preludium

 

Slow opening of the dark

Inward advance

Forging a hesitant connection

Soft, never clarified gestures

Thinking of who is gone, the difficulty of being-with

What is it …
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Modernity, Leisure & The Divided Mind
2 months ago

Modernity, Leisure & The Divided Mind

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I envy those favored souls for whom equanimity comes easily. It’s never been easy for me to be at ease, to take life lightly and let events hang loose, like …
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Christmas Gift Ideas? A Santa Rally, a Genocide, a Scapegoat, and a Philosopher’s Critique
2 months ago

Christmas Gift Ideas? A Santa Rally, a Genocide, a Scapegoat, and a Philosopher’s Critique

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We have reached the end of 2023 and – a few of us might have noticed – the world economy continues its freefall. The rise in global debt is unstoppable (currently …
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Thomas Hobbes and January 6
2 months ago

Thomas Hobbes and January 6

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For students of Early Modern culture, the events at the U.S. Capitol on 6 January, 2021, might have called to mind Act III of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.  To stoke confusion …
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