Berfrois

Bee Yourself

Bee Yourself

Our culture is saturated with authenticity: we’re forever ‘finding ourselves’, ‘self-actualising’, ‘doing you’, ‘being real’, ‘going off the beaten path’, ‘breaking free of the crowd’...

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Why are the humanities worth saving?

Why are the humanities worth saving?

The historical shift currently underway is massive. The ridiculous stories that the anti-woke hucksters and tabloids love to pick up and ridicule are in fact just the faintest epiphenomena of this massive shift...

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Douglas Penick: At Ease Together

Douglas Penick: At Ease Together

Awareness joins inner and outer, near and far. It can also be referred to as compassion...

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Does Libertarianism make sense?

Does Libertarianism make sense?

Are academic political philosophers responsible for the persistence of this ridiculous theory?

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What might José Ortega y Gasset say to us now?

What might José Ortega y Gasset say to us now?

Far from fitting the stereotypical image of a philosopher, sat in an ivory tower, Ortega y Gasset was engaged with his society and its troubles...

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Where’s the Veg?

Where’s the Veg?

It’s a common enough scenario. A vegetarian has been invited to a friend’s place for dinner. The host forgets that the guest is a vegetarian, and places a pork chop in front of her. What is she to do?

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A Dream Writing by Jeremy Fernando

A Dream Writing by Jeremy Fernando

A dream writing; an unreadable writing; perhaps an invisible writing; or maybe a writing that is awaiting reading. And where the effects of said writing are precisely its traces unveiling itself — waiting to be read...

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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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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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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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