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London gave him debate…

London gave him debate…

On an Ash Wednesday in 1583 they sat in this dark-wood panelled dining room, tapestries keeping out the chill of late winter even as the cold couldn’t help but enter through the leaded window with its multicoloured glass diamonds.

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Sebastian Normandin: Advaita

Sebastian Normandin: Advaita

I’m in India. Or at least that’s what my perceptual experience, consciousness, and mind are telling me. It’s hard to know for sure. The reason I have doubts surrounds the immateriality of my being here, and moreover, the immateriality of India itself.

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Photograph by Tom Page by Justin E. H. Smith An official reform of French spelling was recently announced, causing no small uproar on the Internet, and presumably in real life too (I don’t really talk to people), as to whether this is good or bad. There were three broad...

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Fire and Story

Fire and Story

A naturally occurring phenomenon in philosophy is that the key concept, the one whose weight is greatest and thus whose gravity is strongest—eidos in Plato, cogito in Descartes, Dasein in Heidegger—is all but untranslatable

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The left and right alike have misunderstood deconstruction…

The left and right alike have misunderstood deconstruction…

Over the past four decades, scholars in the American humanities have used deconstruction — a style of interpretation pioneered by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

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‘Philosophy began with Socrates wandering’

‘Philosophy began with Socrates wandering’

Many newspapers have regular columns on science. But few of these columns are dedicated to a discussion of the nature or purpose of science. Almost all newspapers have regular pages devoted to sport.

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Catherine Wilson: Live Unknown

Catherine Wilson: Live Unknown

Here I will enter a plea for Epicureanism as an equally serious –and in many ways more adequate moral—philosophy. First, a sketch of the principal doctrines and later influence of the School.

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Let’s Get Digital

Let’s Get Digital

Approaching the work of François Laruelle is a singularly disorientating experience. Billed in marketing blurbs and encyclopedia entries as a “philosopher,” Laruelle is difficult to place.

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Is loneliness a contingent state?

Is loneliness a contingent state?

You might think that loneliness is a contingent state: people feel lonely for a time or lonely in a place, and some people are constitutionally lonely, but most people are not lonely all the time and human life is not necessarily lonely.

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They blaze hot and then enter a fallow time…

They blaze hot and then enter a fallow time…

I have a childhood friend who is just a tiny bit younger than me but always so much younger, her skin never showing her age, her cheek marked with a birthmark so Hawthornian it seemed impossible ever to finish looking at her.

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Write in the Future by M. Munro

Write in the Future by M. Munro

The Confusion of Tongues, Gustave Doré, 1865 by M. Munro I. Dichtung und Wahrheit Strictly speaking, does not thought—or the act of thinking—always have the capacity for operating like a foreign language? —Rey Chow Philosophie dürfte man eigentlich nur dichten. Wittgenstein’s imperative translates, “very roughly,” “Philosophy ought really to...

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Defending Imagination

Defending Imagination

A civil war in Syria has, since it began in 2011, gradually radiated out to implicate nearly ever major global actor.

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Wesley A. Kort on C.S. Lewis

Wesley A. Kort on C.S. Lewis

My interest in the works of C. S. Lewis was occasioned less by having read it than by the strongly divided opinions of it among his readers.

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Jeffrey A. Bernstein: Such Wonderful Offspring

Jeffrey A. Bernstein: Such Wonderful Offspring

Franz Kafka was no stranger to fear and anxiety—his works radiate them. Yet his oeuvre is not simply a catalogue of the terrifying and traumatic situations that can befall humans.

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Berit Jane chats with Jeremy Fernando

Berit Jane chats with Jeremy Fernando

What we need is techne to attempt to approach, but we never will reach, as it were, since becoming is infinite - or eternal if we want to drop that bomb.

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Jessica Sequeira: Chorizos and Black Beer

Jessica Sequeira: Chorizos and Black Beer

The crime of Barruecos, Arturo Michelena, 1895 by Jessica Sequeira The days are at last softening into summer, and your mind does not allow you to read anything heavy. You flip through a book of photographs called Private diary of a nation, which shows page after page of objects and...

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David Beer on Walter Benjamin

David Beer on Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s Archive, which has just been published in paperback to mark the 75th anniversary of his untimely death, has left me thinking that Benjamin might just have been a blogger in the making.

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Remembering Gamal al-Ghitani

Remembering Gamal al-Ghitani

It is difficult to bid farewell to Gamal al-Ghitani: a friend, an author, a true Cairene who taught us how to read and admire our history, walk in our cities, feel the power of narrative, and stand in awe of its literal and allegorical significations.

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There Is Nowhere Else to Go

There Is Nowhere Else to Go

On the train, out in the fields, I was among the only people whose 4G connection was working, and so I became an information-relay station for frightened Italian vacationers and Parisian students returning home to their families.

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Jessica Sequeira: Chimneys, Chimneys, Chimneys

Jessica Sequeira: Chimneys, Chimneys, Chimneys

In the street in front of the theater last week, a man I'd just been introduced to began to tell a story. He'd been crossing Corrientes and Uruguay on a red when a motorbike passing between cars, in a maneuver as illegal as his own, collided with him.

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Claudia Landolfi: Pathologies of Affect

Claudia Landolfi: Pathologies of Affect

Long ago, when the Universality of a ‘Western Empire’ was both the premise and the purpose of political strategy the West’s identity was born.

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