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A Letter to Lou Andreas Salomé, Nietzsche’s and Freud’s “Muse”
6 days ago

A Letter to Lou Andreas Salomé, Nietzsche’s and Freud’s “Muse”

Dear Lou Andreas Salomé:

I met you recently in “Freud”, a Netflix series about the founder of psychoanalysis (or, rather, a random namesake from Vienna), where you play the role …
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The Philosopher’s Ignorance (with a Response by Slavoj Žižek)
2 weeks ago

The Philosopher’s Ignorance (with a Response by Slavoj Žižek)

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In a recent article for The Philosophical Salon, Slavoj Žižek offers a number of well-trodden ideas on the relationship between ignorance and knowledge. In doing so, he shuts a window …
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“Silence Is Violence”: Simone Weil on the Impossible Demands of Justice
3 weeks ago

“Silence Is Violence”: Simone Weil on the Impossible Demands of Justice

“All true good carries with it conditions which are contradictory and as a consequence is impossible. He who keeps his attention really fixed on this impossibility and acts will do …
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The Will Not to Know
4 weeks ago

The Will Not to Know

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Up until now, some of us have been desperately clinging to the hope that countries that are somehow associated with Socialism are better at containing the pandemic. I mean not …
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The Singular Life of Bernard Stiegler
1 month ago

The Singular Life of Bernard Stiegler

The first time I met Bernard Stiegler was at the Paris summer school hosted by the University of Kent in June 2016. There, he gave a seminar on the notion …
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No Time for Truth
1 month ago

No Time for Truth

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In early June, after almost three months of sheltering in place that culminated in a tumultuous week of protests, clashes, and curfews, New York City started its phased reopening. It …
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Where No Lives Matter
2 months ago

Where No Lives Matter

This January I was in my philosophy class having an unexpected discussion about race. It was the first day of the semester. I had sent the syllabus around in December. …
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On Convalescence (as Teratology of the Self)
2 months ago

On Convalescence (as Teratology of the Self)

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When the first humans gazed at the horizon with its moving clouds, play of light, and massive shadows over the mountains, their overwhelming feeling was that of awe. But inside …
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The Simple Things That Are Hard to Do
2 months ago

The Simple Things That Are Hard to Do

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Traditional Marxists distinguished between Communism proper and Socialism as its first lower stage (where money and the state still exists and workers are paid wages, etc.). In the Soviet Union …
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What Athenian Democracy Can Teach Us
2 months ago

What Athenian Democracy Can Teach Us

Compelling criticism of democracy as a form of government has followed democratic transformations throughout history. Although democratic realities vary, the current pandemic is testing the adequacy of all our institutions. …
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