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In Defense of the Dog Bowl
3 days ago

In Defense of the Dog Bowl

MIT’s Mini Cheetah quadruped robot isn’t the only new working dog on the market. The emerging work-to-eat lifestyle for dog owners banks on the idea that, deep down, every dog …
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Where is the Rift? Marx, Lacan, Capitalism, and Ecology
1 week ago

Where is the Rift? Marx, Lacan, Capitalism, and Ecology

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When, decades ago, ecology emerged as a crucial theoretical and practical issue, many Marxists (as well as critics of Marxism) noted that nature – more precisely, the exact ontological status …
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Algorithms and Medial Efficacy
2 weeks ago

Algorithms and Medial Efficacy

Algorithms are emergent phenomena. The word is a Latinized version of Muhammad Ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi’s name, who, in 830 AD, authored The Book of Calculation by Completion and Balancing. Contrary …
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Ecological Debt and Responsibility
3 weeks ago

Ecological Debt and Responsibility

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Unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence are often hailed as the royal road to mastery. What rarely gets mentioned afterwards, however, is that this is an iterative …
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What “Climate Fiction” Does
1 month ago

What “Climate Fiction” Does

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Here is an open-ended question, a genuine question to which I do not have an answer: can novels about–or set against the backdrop of–ecological catastrophe do anything? And by “do …
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Yes, Anti-Semitism Is Alive and Well–But Where?
1 month ago

Yes, Anti-Semitism Is Alive and Well–But Where?

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A strange thing happened to me over these past few days. On Friday, December 20 the website of Spectator USA published my comment on the thin line between Zionism and …
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Anti-Anti-Semitism
1 month ago

Anti-Anti-Semitism

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Something is happening to authority these days. In politics, a shift from legal, procedural authority to charismatic, personal authority is discernible, epitomised by Trump, Johnson, and others. Along similar lines, …
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Globalization, Progress, and Our Freedom
1 month ago

Globalization, Progress, and Our Freedom

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A paradoxical consequence of globalization in the realm of theory is that it has reconfirmed the hollowing out and final exhaustion of the idea of progress. Indeed, this idea had …
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Interview with Jean-Jacques Rousseau on LGBT Rights
2 months 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
2 months 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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