"Global": An essay by Yoko Arisaka (Keywords: History of Philosophy; The Canon; Language; Eurocentrism)
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by Yoko Arisaka
1d ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 110, no. 4 ("The New Basics: Philosophy"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. The term “global” refers to several ideas in philosophy. Methodologically, it commonly means “including non-Western philosophies”; in addition to Asian philosophies (which have already been established to some degree as examples of “non-Western philosophies” for years), “global philosophy” often includes African, Latin-American, Arabic, and various traditions of Indigenous phil ..read more
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"Polarization and Talking Across Difference": Elizabeth Anderson in conversation with Alexis Papazoglou (Keywords: Democracy; Populism; Reparations; Pragmatism; John Dewey; Susan Neiman)
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by Elizabeth Anderson and Alexis Papazoglou
6d ago
This conversation originally appeared in What Matters Most: Conversations on the Art of Living by Anthony Morgan (ed.) (Agenda Publishing, 2023) This conversation with Elizabeth Anderson asks what it means to be a democratic citizen in a time when we find ourselves divided not only over values, but over facts. As lies, propaganda and fake news have hijacked political discourse on polarizing issues and distracted the electorate from constructive engagement of the problems we face, Anderson looks to thinkers like John Dewey and Susan Neiman in order to reframe democracy as a kind of cul ..read more
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"The Aesthetic Dimensions of Modern Philosophy" a conversation with Andrew Bowie (Keywords: Art; Language; Meaning; Epistemology; Modernity)
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by Andrew Bowie
1w ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 111, no. 1 ("Where is Philosophy Going?"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. This wide-ranging conversation between Andrew Bowie and Andrés Saenz de Sicilia took place shortly after the publication of Andrew’s book, Aesthetic Dimensions of Modern Philosophy (OUP, 2022). It focuses primarily on the intersection of philosophy and art, highlighting areas where the abstractions of analytic philosophy can distort many of the phenomena it tries to ..read more
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"Circling Back to the University: Public Philosophy and Pedagogy in the 21st Century": An Essay by Aaron James Wendland (Keywords: Academia; Ethics; Ukraine War; Emmanuel Levinas)
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by Aaron James Wendland
2w ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 111, no. 2 ("Where is Public Philosophy Going?"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. Public philosophy runs along a spectrum from the popularisation of academic ideas, through the application of those ideas to current affairs, to an active participation in social and political movements. This suggests that public philosophy presupposes the esoteric work done by professional philosophers in universities. But philosophical engagement with current events often ..read more
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"Ideology": An essay by Jason Blakely (Keywords: Politics; History; Culture; Scientism; Hermeneutics; Neoliberalism; Karl Marx; Clifford Geertz)
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by Jason Blakely
3w ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 110, no. 4 ("The New Basics: Philosophy"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. Defining “ideology” is easy so long as one does not think about it very hard. After all, everyone knows what the word “ideology” means. It is a slander. It is what happens on cable television or inside anonymous Internet chat rooms. Ideology afflicts the crazy family member who finds the slightest pretext to launch into diatribes at holiday dinners – or the acquaintance who compul ..read more
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"Disobedience and Seeing Like an Activist": Erin R. Pineda in conversation with Robin Celikates (Keywords: Civil Rights Movement; Liberalism; Punishment; Liberation)
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by Erin R. Pineda and Robin Celikates
1M ago
This conversation originally appeared in What Matters Most: Conversations on the Art of Living by Anthony Morgan (ed.) (Agenda Publishing, 2023) There are few movements more firmly associated with civil disobedience than the civil rights movement. In the mainstream imagination, civil rights activists eschewed coercion, appealed to the majority’s principles, and submitted willingly to legal punishment in order to demand necessary legislative reforms and facilitate the realization of core constitutional and democratic principles. However, as political theorist Erin R. Pineda argues below ..read more
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"Post-Post-Racialism: or the Evolution of Race-Thinking": A Conversation with Paul C. Taylor (Keywords: Metaphilosophy; Political Philosophy; Afropessimism; Aesthetics)
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by Paul C. Taylor
1M ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 110, no. 1 ("The New Basics: Planet"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. Paul C. Taylor is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His publications include On Obama (2015) and Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (2016). In this interview, he talks to Adam Ferner about the latest edition of his Race: A Philosophical Introduction, which examines the way notions of race function in the contemporary ..read more
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"Alexandre Kojève and Universal Emancipation": An Essay by Jeff Love (Keywords: Hegel; Master-Slave; Freedom; Servitude; Biography)
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by Jeff Love
1M ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 109, no. 1 ("Nothing"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. Precocious polymath, “Sunday” philosopher, architect of the Common Market, Stalinist and likely Soviet agent – Alexandre Kojève was all of these. Born in 1902 in Moscow, he is probably most famous for the lectures he gave on G. W. F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) at the École des hautes études in Paris between 1933 and 1939. These lectures exercised an extraordinary influence on F ..read more
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"Authorship(s)": An Essay by Moritz Gansen, Hannah Wallenfels, and Lilja Walliser (Keywords: The Philosophical Canon; Authority; Academia; Neutrality; Collectivity)
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by Moritz Gansen, Hannah Wallenfels and Lilja Walliser
2M ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 110, no. 4 ("The New Basics: Philosophy"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. This text was written collectively, in a foreign language, across many conversations, in various online word processors, in video calls, restaurants, and living rooms. It is the act and document of an improvisation, an experiment, consenting not to be a single being in thinking and writing. *** In philosophy, authorship appears as a given. As we – less a given than a pur ..read more
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"Mary Midgley on Water and Thought: Is Public Philosophy Like Plumbing?": An Essay by Ellie Robson (Keywords: Public Philosophy; Metaphilosophy; A.J. Ayer; Descartes; Philosophical Lives; Solitude)
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by Ellie Robson
2M ago
From The Philosopher, vol. 111, no. 2 ("Where is Public Philosophy Going?"). If you enjoy reading this, please consider becoming a patron or making a small donation. We are unfunded and your support is greatly appreciated. A solitary figure sits upon a comfy armchair, pondering abstract ideas and examining formal arguments. There’s no denying this mythic man, the solitary scholar, remains the pervasive and popular image of the philosopher today. He is (perhaps) at fault for a certain disregard for philosophy that is not technical, published in learned journals, or directed at other philosophe ..read more
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