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Against Lockdowns, Sheltering Ukrainians: Is That Even Possible?
7 months ago

Against Lockdowns, Sheltering Ukrainians: Is That Even Possible?

A few days ago, while catching up with a friend on the phone, I mentioned that I was hosting a young woman from Ukraine in my Toronto home. Her immediate …
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A Few Points of Philosophical Interest Learned by Watching Our Cats: Part I
7 months ago

A Few Points of Philosophical Interest Learned by Watching Our Cats: Part I

Above is our cat Oliver, in a photograph made by my wife Loret. Oliver is four years old. He takes to visitors, though he can be skittish, and they take …
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Interdependence War
8 months ago

Interdependence War

Democracies civilise societies, turn enemies into adversaries, channel conflicts and neutralise violence. This does not mean that there are not deep differences and rifts in them, but only that we …
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Five Ethico-Political Fragments
8 months ago

Five Ethico-Political Fragments

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CASTRATION HERE, CASTRATION THERE, CASTRATION EVERYWHERE

Weeks ago, the Ukrainian President Zelensky addressed Russian soldiers in Russian, promising them safety and decent treatment if they were captured or surrendered to …
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Ukraine and Russia: Death Beyond Death
8 months ago

Ukraine and Russia: Death Beyond Death

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In 1920, Freud presented a new psychoanalytic understanding of humans in his work Beyond the Pleasure Principle. His approach became more pessimistic. According to his previous view, the pleasure principle …
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Antiwork and Its Enemies
8 months ago

Antiwork and Its Enemies

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The dust well and truly settled on the latest elections in the US and UK and still struggling through a pandemic that has been used to depoliticize a global population, …
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Guilt and Humanism
9 months ago

Guilt and Humanism

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What are we guilty of? The rage of war includes accusations, the desire to subdue someone morally, not just physically. We, Russian citizens, are not only surprised and shocked by …
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From Covid-19 to Putin-22: Who Needs Friends with Enemies Like These?
9 months ago

From Covid-19 to Putin-22: Who Needs Friends with Enemies Like These?

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Hyperreality

Like a textbook illustration of Hollywood continuity editing, the de-escalation of the war on Covid has transitioned seamlessly into the escalation of the Ukrainian war, with Vladimir Putin …
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What Will Grow Out of a Pocket Full of Sunflower Seeds?
9 months ago

What Will Grow Out of a Pocket Full of Sunflower Seeds?

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Michael Marder published in The Philosophical Salon a wonderful text on a Ukrainian woman giving sunflower seeds to a Russian soldier. I call this text wonderful because it does what …
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Vegetal Redemption: A Ukrainian Woman and Russian Soldiers
9 months ago

Vegetal Redemption: A Ukrainian Woman and Russian Soldiers

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Among the many heartrending images from the Russian invasion of Ukraine this week, the one that stands out and haunts me is of a woman confronting heavily armed soldiers on …
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