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We were both young…

We were both young…

Imagine two couples, each at home for dinner. The first couple spends the whole meal caressing each other’s hair, calling each other cheesy monikers

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Staying Power

Staying Power

Foucault remains one of the most cited 20th-century thinkers and is, according to some lists, the single most cited figure across the humanities and social sciences.

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Jeremy Fernando on Cancer

Jeremy Fernando on Cancer

When we think of cancer, we tend to think of death — but what if it is of the order of life?

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Adam Staley Groves: Confinement

Adam Staley Groves: Confinement

The naturalist is a concept. It is a human mode, a subject. This concept is a thought about thinking. By thinking, what do I mean?

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M. Munro: Paradise

M. Munro: Paradise

How is “the world” to be understood? In other words, how does what the world is like—what is “the case”—permit something like “what the world is like” to be thinkable?

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Anne Dufourmantelle: The Risk of Believing

Anne Dufourmantelle: The Risk of Believing

Believing, it is what seems to us the least risky act in the world. A simple adherence, an acquiescence to what presents itself or to what we have chosen to identify ourselves with.

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Be Bored

Be Bored

What, exactly, is boredom? It is a deeply unpleasant state of unmet arousal: we are aroused rather than despondent, but, for one or more reasons, our arousal cannot be met or directed.

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Joel Gn: The End of Transmission

Joel Gn: The End of Transmission

Pandemics in the age of communication technologies are stranger beasts than the parasitical agents that gave birth to them.

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Dancing Nietzsche

Dancing Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche’s body of work is notoriously difficult to navigate. He wrote in multiple styles, including essays, aphorisms, poems, and fiction.

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Turning to f116v

Turning to f116v

I think I'm finally ready to come out as a Voynich scholar. I've been studying hi-res scans of the manuscript off and on for four years or so...

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Suffering and Soul

Suffering and Soul

I’m a Christian and may be a Nietzschean. Not the whole overwrought overman stuff, and not the conflation of pity and weakness.

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Ed Simon: Another Man’s System

Ed Simon: Another Man’s System

Excavated from the Iraqi desert at Tel Asmar in 1933 by a group of archeologists from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute were a dozen votive figurines

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Adversarial culture rests on dubious ideas…

Adversarial culture rests on dubious ideas…

Philosophical discussions, whether in a professional setting or at the bar, frequently consist of calling out mistakes in whatever has been proposed: ‘This is all very well, but …’

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An Organic Marx?

An Organic Marx?

The effort to revive and recover critical theory and its intellectual precedents has become more difficult at a time in which ‘critique’ is regularly denounced as negative, skeptical and anthropocentric

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Do Trees Exist?

Do Trees Exist?

There are two very different essays I’ve been meaning to write, both of which equally merit the title of the present one. The one would address the special meaning of ‘existence’ as distinct from ‘being’...

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‘What endures of Russell’s logic is of interest only in logic’

‘What endures of Russell’s logic is of interest only in logic’

In philosophical circles, there are two Bertrand Russells, only one of whom died 50 years ago.

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Justin E. H. Smith: Ecstatic Rationalism

Justin E. H. Smith: Ecstatic Rationalism

I have recently been informed that I am “outside of the sociology” of academic philosophy. The person who said this of me is someone I like and admire...

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Ed Simon: Jesus Shat

Ed Simon: Jesus Shat

As an Advent rumination, I’d like to consider El Caganer. In the accumulated cultural esoterica of the Christmas season, from the horned and fearsome demon...

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Muscovian? Rather: Musky

Muscovian? Rather: Musky

The so-called Muscovy duck is so called not in view of its homeland in the vicinity of Moscow --for in fact it is native to Central and South America-- but rather in mistranslation of its Latin designation...

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Ed Simon: A Struggle in Edom

Ed Simon: A Struggle in Edom

About a hundred years after that fateful day when the Augustinian monk Martin Luther apocryphally affixed his remonstrance to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, and thus supposedly initiated the Reformation...

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On the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In January the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, suffered a minor scandal concerning the virtue of the Mother of God.

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