Articles tagged philosophy, culture, questions

Heidegger’s ‘Hegel’ Is Philosophy With a Capital F

Hegel’s philosophies are of critical importance to Western thought but this new translation of Heidegger’s interpretations may make even the most stalwart of academics sigh in frustration.

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There’s a Perverse Thrill in Reading a Book That Presages the Possible Extinction of Humankind

Superintelligence is a serious, intellectually disorientating treatment of ideas, imagining the inevitable future when we are able to create an artificial general intelligence.

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‘The Pop Festival’ Seems to Have Missed the Music

The Pop Festival is largely an overly self-serious look at an essentially less-than-serious pop cultural event.

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Conservative Radicalism in Edmund Burke’s ‘A Philosophical Inquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful’

A reissued classic of aesthetic theory asks, Can the body be a critic?

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Judith Butler’s Latest on Making and Unmaking the Self

The essays in Senses of the Subject taken together, explore the ways in which human passions (e.g., touch; desire), influence the formation of the subject.

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Grim Thoughts and Gallows Humor in Eugene Thacker’s ‘Cosmic Pessimism’

Chuckle if you want, but these are good times for grim thoughts, and some of the best and freshest writing is coming from Eugene Thacker.

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Is Growing Up Such a Good Thing?

Adventure Time and Philosophy takes us on a journey to the land of Ooo in search of truth.

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‘Teaching Plato in Palestine’ Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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Cannes 2015: Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ Is More of the Same

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival finds Woody Allen mining the same tropes of crimes and misdemeanors that he does with each film.

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‘The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy’ Is Something of a Duck-Rabbit Itself

The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy does more than introduce major themes and arguments in philosophy. It raises interesting questions about the visual nature of philosophy itself.

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Too Much Is Adrift in ‘Every Man for Himself’

In his examination of the social isolation caused by capitalism, Jean-Luc Godard wanders too far off into the cerebral.

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Computational ‘Superintelligence’ and Human Idiocy: What Does Our Future Hold?

Superintelligence may evolve or it may be engineered; either path leads to an existential threat to humanity, perhaps in decades, perhaps in hundreds of years.

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Žižek Continues His Love Affair With Hegel in ‘Absolute Recoil’

Absolute Recoil is less a "major philosophical intervention" and more a natural continuation of Žižek's decades-long project of interpreting the world through Hegelian and Lacanian analysis.

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Hooked on True Detective? Check Out Its Influence, Thomas Ligotti

Thomas Ligotti is an unapologetic, darkly-humored pessimist, and that may be what many have found most disturbing and fascinating about True Detective.

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Tom Stoppard’s Inability to Stop Delighting His Audience

A hodgepodge of The Wizard of Oz, Pink Floyd, game theory, and philosophical thought experiments, Darkside is a self-reflexive interrogation of the nature of reality and fiction.

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Our Animals, Ourselves: Jenny Diski’s ‘What I Don’t Know About Animals’

Don’t be fooled by the cover. Jenny Diski’s book isn’t really about animals; it’s about us.

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OMG, You Wrote Your Own Bible? ‘The Good Book: A Humanist Bible’ by A. C. Grayling

Like the 'real' Bible, The Good Book is an eclectic and contradictory mix, containing much that really is very good, but also some that’s bad and ugly, and quite a lot that’s unbearably dull.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Cinematic Reality

Quentin Tarantino is reliving his childhood cinema experiences, reinterpreting fractured moments of memory. Going to the movies is about an escape from our world, a mirror world at once familiar yet different.

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Gazing upon the Bitch-goddess of Quantification: ‘The Information’

We are drowning in a sea of information. Shall we stop to count the waves, or try to make sense of it all? The first of these two is the way of information theory.

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‘Revolutionary Deists’: Fanatics for a Reason

The story of deism proves that America has never been, in an absolute sense, a Christian nation.

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Terror, Dolls, Madhouses: Three for the Price of Price

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"Three Vincent Price projects from American International.

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