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Class Struggle Against Classism
20 hours ago

Class Struggle Against Classism

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In the ceremony of Biden’s inauguration, there was a lone figure who stole the show by just sitting there, sticking out as an element of discord disturbing the spectacle of …
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The Knowable Unknown: “Dark Philosophy” and Fiction
1 week ago

The Knowable Unknown: “Dark Philosophy” and Fiction

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In the afterword to the 2020 reprinting of Kathe Koja’s seminal novel from 1991, The Cipher, Maryse Meijer writes: “Unlike many horror stories, in which protagonists stumble on some terrible …
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43 Aphorisms
2 weeks ago

43 Aphorisms

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Sometimes, breaking a rule can heal a wound.

 

 

Depend upon no one, whose independence is guaranteed.

 

 

If you dive into the wreckage of your worst deeds, …
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The Powerlessness of Philosophy
3 weeks ago

The Powerlessness of Philosophy

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A towering figure in the study of ancient thought, Pierre Hadot outlined three aspects of pursuing philosophy in Antiquity. Crucial to his distinction was the context of doing philosophy, rather …
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Paris Commune at 150
4 weeks ago

Paris Commune at 150

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These days we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune which lasted exactly 2 months and 10 days (from March 18 till May 28 1871). After the infamous defeat …
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Art from the Future
1 month ago

Art from the Future

What is the purpose of the imagination when society is dominated by throwaway images? How did we come to create such a luxurious condition for ourselves, putting imagination to such …
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Duchamp on ‘Alien Thought’
1 month ago

Duchamp on ‘Alien Thought’

In 1976, AI pioneer Joseph Weizenbaum described machinic reasoning as ‘alien thought.’ Weizenbaum reasoned that, since the domain of thinking was “determined by man’s humanity,” “every other intelligence, however great, …
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For Chaos or Country?
2 months ago

For Chaos or Country?

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In every society, one can hear the din of wolves, baying from the outskirts. On the first Wednesday of January, we witnessed the wolves clamber into the U.S. Capitol, scale …
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The R-Files 4.0: Osip Mandelstam’s Poetry & Violence
2 months ago

The R-Files 4.0: Osip Mandelstam’s Poetry & Violence

“R-Files” (short for “Review-Files”) is a new monthly feature of The Philosophical Salon. Under this heading, philosophers Frank Ruda and Agon Hamza look at what is happening in the world …
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“Tenet” Isn’t Paradoxical—It’s Christopher Nolan on Climate Change
2 months ago

“Tenet” Isn’t Paradoxical—It’s Christopher Nolan on Climate Change

In Christopher Nolan’s 2014 movie Interstellar, Anne Hathaway, starring as Brand, a member of a team of scientist-astronauts sent through a wormhole in search of an Earth-like planet in the …
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