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Reflections on the Kristeva Affair
2 days ago

Reflections on the Kristeva Affair

There is a growing tendency in our times to author or publish analyses of events that swim in scandal, even to convict someone on an issue where ambiguity abounds and, …
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Why Politicians are Allowed to Lie
1 week ago

Why Politicians are Allowed to Lie

Can we translate a theoretical vision into a political structure?

The toxic state of politics is hard to navigate. Globalization, immigration and economic crisis all play their part in the …
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Dealing Smartly with Accidents
2 weeks ago

Dealing Smartly with Accidents

One example of our collective intelligence can be observed in our way of designing our technological artifacts.  Instead of referring to their sophistication, I am referring to how we identify …
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Two General Concluding Remarks on the Ronell Case
3 weeks ago

Two General Concluding Remarks on the Ronell Case

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I have detected two recurring threads in the critical reactions to my texts on the Avital Ronell case. I think they are indicative of the mess we are in, which …
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What Labor for Today?
3 weeks ago

What Labor for Today?

The celebration of work is a sign of our times. Unemployment is regarded as a social ill, while avowed workaholics are revered as role models that should inspire the rest …
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Yes, It’s Really About Power!
4 weeks ago

Yes, It’s Really About Power!

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The leitmotif running through the critical reactions to my two short texts on the case against Avital Ronell is that I ignore (or don’t understand) the game of power in …
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Discursive Due Process
4 weeks ago

Discursive Due Process

The impulse for this text came from an aggressive Facebook exchange with a Russian friend over the “We Defend the Freedom to Bother” letter in Le Monde.[1] When my friend …
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A Brief Post-Script on the Case of Avital Ronell
1 month ago

A Brief Post-Script on the Case of Avital Ronell

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Now that the (select) details of the accusation against Avital Ronell have become public, some journalists and friends (or, rather, “friends”) asked me: do you still stand by your support …
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The Holidays When You’re Feeling Mentally Unwell
1 month ago

The Holidays When You’re Feeling Mentally Unwell

For those of us who feel at the mentally fragile end of things, and are sometimes plain unwell in our minds, the prospect of the holidays poses particular challenges.

For …
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Heidegger’s Eternal Triangle
2 months ago

Heidegger’s Eternal Triangle

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On July 20, 2014, I published a small article titled “A Fight for the Right to Read Heidegger” in “The Stone” column of the New York Times. Predictably enough, given …
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