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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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Alexei Grinbaum: Assured and Unassured

Alexei Grinbaum: Assured and Unassured

Philosophers divide into assured and unassured. The assured teach truth, the unassured not to marry foreign truth. Doubt sustains Socrates and Montaigne.

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Jeremy Fernando: Not

Jeremy Fernando: Not

A response — Bartleby’s response — foregrounding the fact that it is the “I” that “prefers not to”: not that ‘I cannot’ nor ‘I will not’ but that this is a preference.

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Animal Spirits at the Nueva Burdalesa Bakery by Jessica Sequeira

Animal Spirits at the Nueva Burdalesa Bakery by Jessica Sequeira

A few years ago all I had was a certain ambition and an understanding, more or less, of how things work in this world. I lived in the tiny room of a pension on B----- street. Funds were running low.

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The Bourgeois Kant

The Bourgeois Kant

For Wayne, a more authentic anti-bourgeois understanding of Kant will emerge once we place aesthetic experience back at the heart of the critical project, allowing us to reframe broader political issues of freedom, community, reification and the spectacle.

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Buddhist Philosophy as Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy as Philosophy

Amber Carpenter’s Indian Buddhist Philosophy presents its reader with an engaging account of the philosophical development of Buddhist thought in India, from its origins in approximately the fifth century BCE to about the eighth century CE.

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Them’s the Rules

Them’s the Rules

The Internet is surely a remarkable thing. Still, if a fifties sci-fi fan were to appear in the present and ask what the most dramatic technological achievement of the intervening sixty years had been, it’s hard to imagine the reaction would have been anything but bitter disappointment.

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