Berfrois

Torments of Unclarity

Torments of Unclarity

Why did Husserl begin thinking about movement? What was it that inspired him to make what one might call “the movement turn”?

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God, Justice, Love, Beauty: Remembering Jean-Luc Nancy

God, Justice, Love, Beauty: Remembering Jean-Luc Nancy

For Nancy, democracy is not a given form of government, with a fixed meaning, but a term whose meaning is in contestation...

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A Spinozan Reading by Simon Calder

A Spinozan Reading by Simon Calder

Seventeenth-century Christian churches might have been better fortified against the challenges of modernity if they had embraced Spinozism...

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Owen Flanagan thinks that metaphysics must be continuous with our best science…

Owen Flanagan thinks that metaphysics must be continuous with our best science…

This conception of meaning-seeking motivates his modern adaptation of Buddhism, his pluralistic ethics, and his cross-cultural approach...

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Ludwig Wittgenstein arranges books

Ludwig Wittgenstein arranges books

The difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know...

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What’s Eating

What’s Eating

All life seems to be like wine, in that one always wants more; but unlike wine, in that one cannot quit it. Writing in particular seems to be a lot like wine. It’s good, it’s bad...

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Call Back Yesterday

Call Back Yesterday

The eternalist understanding of time allows for time travel to be possible...

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Karl Marx’s Confession

Karl Marx’s Confession

Marx's favourite colour was red...

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The State of Human History

The State of Human History

Anthropology is fundamentally an anarchist project, as it zeroes in on levels of social reality where the state, even when it exists, is not the most salient factor in accounting for why human beings do what they do...

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Our Purpose Is Preservation

Our Purpose Is Preservation

Twenty years ago a prophetic Onion article reported that the Dinty Moore soup company took a firm stand against terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11. Today this is no longer satire...

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Berlin and the Volcanoes of Theory by Stuart Walton

Berlin and the Volcanoes of Theory by Stuart Walton

The principal shift in the transition from German to French theory is the abandonment of any ethical duty to the biggest picture of all, that of society...

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Certainly Certain

Certainly Certain

Wittgenstein tends to merge certainty and knowledge a little...

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The Perpetual Hygiene Regime and the STEMification of the Intellectuals

The Perpetual Hygiene Regime and the STEMification of the Intellectuals

It is the duty of intellectuals and artists to reject enforced glee, to carve out a preserve for the life of the soul as best they can, and to call madness by its name...

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Jai Chakrabarti on Janusz Korczak

Jai Chakrabarti on Janusz Korczak

Korczak lived an extraordinary life through the worst of times. He was an educator and ran an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto...

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Inhabiting Weil’s Philosophy by Aishwarya Iyer

Inhabiting Weil’s Philosophy by Aishwarya Iyer

Everything which is impersonal in man is sacred, and nothing else...

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Hannes Schumacher: Now, Apocalypse

Hannes Schumacher: Now, Apocalypse

To say that the apocalypse is both utopian and dystopian is neither left nor right but baldly realist; it is to prolong the ultimate decision into all eternity...

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M. Munro: Autofiction

M. Munro: Autofiction

Recalling how Kafka’s tale ends, with the gatekeeper closing the door of the Law as the protagonist expires, roaring in his ear that all along it was meant for him alone...

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Greg Gerke on Gilles Deleuze

Greg Gerke on Gilles Deleuze

In reading bits and bobs of Deleuze, I came upon some pages in What is Philosophy? that cooly and accurately describe the artist’s experience...

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Golden State; Misplaced Dreams

Golden State; Misplaced Dreams

Today, when I hear that fraudsters such as Robin DiAngelo are seeking to coerce employees of large corporations into joining “racial affinity groups”, my only thought is this: No thanks, lady. I’ve seen that trick before...

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No One the Wiser

No One the Wiser

What is Socrates getting out of showing people that they don’t know what they take themselves to know?

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