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The truth, beauty, and power of punk - The Philosopher's Zone. Interview: Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap” Zygmunt Bauman has just celebrated his 90th birthday and taken two flights from his home in the northern British city of Leeds to get to an event in Burgos, northern Spain.

Interview: Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”

He admits to being tired as we begin the interview, but he still manages to express his ideas calmly and clearly, taking his time with each response because he hates giving simple answers to complex questions. Since developing his theory of liquid modernity in the late 1990s – which describes our age as one in which “all agreements are temporary, fleeting, and valid only until further notice” – he has become a leading figure in the field of sociology. His work on inequality and his critique of what he sees as the failure of politics to meet people’s expectations, along with a highly pessimistic view of the future of society, have been picked up by the so-called May 15 “Indignant” movement in Spain – although he has repeatedly highlighted its weaknesses.


Critical Theory

Heidegger. Stuart Elden: Confessio - berfrois. Legend of St Francis: 27.

Stuart Elden: Confessio - berfrois

MINDFUL PLEASURES: Poetry after Auschwitz: What Adorno Really Said, and Where He Said It. Gore Vidal remarks somewhere upon the irony that George Santayana is remembered today only for his warning about forgetting.

MINDFUL PLEASURES: Poetry after Auschwitz: What Adorno Really Said, and Where He Said It

(All who remember Santayana are doomed to repeat that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it.) Neoplatonism  Shoring Against the Ruins. Death and Derrida by Peter Gratton. “Une exécution par l’électricité à New-York”, from Le Petit Parisien, 17 August 1890 by Peter Gratton The Death Penalty, Volume I,by Jacques Derrida, Edited by Geoffrey Bennington, Marc Crépon, and Thomas Dutoit Translated by Peggy Kamuf Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 312 pp.

Death and Derrida by Peter Gratton

It is no doubt a macabre spectacle. In recent years, while some U.S. states have done away with the death penalty after the exonerations of dozens of prisoners, others have worked assiduously to track down the necessary drugs from questionable compounding pharmacies, all to perform executions by lethal injection. In 1972, Furman v. Beginning fifteen years ago, Jacques Derrida’s Death Penalty seminars in the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 academic years at the École des haute etudes en sciences sociales in Paris have much of this context in mind. Nevertheless the reader might wonder why Derrida turns to the issue of the death penalty.

Will chimps soon have human rights? Tommy, 26, lives on a trailer lot in Gloversville, New York, with only a television for company.

Will chimps soon have human rights?

Tommy is a chimpanzee, and if the organisation seeking to free him and move him to a sanctuary wins a lawsuit it filed today, the result could have implications for how we view – and treat – our closest animal relatives. Tommy is one of four chimps the Nonhuman Rights Project will be representing. Radical thinkers: Alain Badiou's Ethics - video. The poststructural anarchist. Todd May interviewed by Richard Marshall.

the poststructural anarchist

Todd May is the poststructuralist anarchist who thinks anarchism is more than just a critique of the state, that there is more than one struggle, that Foucault, Deleuze and Lyotard are important, that postructuralism is elusive, that anarchism is bottom-up and liberalism is top-down, that ‘how might one live?’ Is the down and dirty question, that Foucault’s thought will remain standing when the dust is settled, that what it means to be human is a matter of practices, that Ranciere gets him emotionally, that friendship offers a different model from neo-liberalism and that his conception is about resistance not cohesion.

High Five! 3:AM: What made you become a philosopher? Were you always aware of a kind of crisis? Todd May: Many philosophers I talk with seem to get their start in philosophy from a teacher, often a college professor, that turns them on to the subject. MEGA Marx: Berfrois Interviews Jonathan Sperber. By Russell Bennetts Jonathan Sperber is a social historian and Curators’ Professor of History at the University of Missouri.

MEGA Marx: Berfrois Interviews Jonathan Sperber

His most recent publication is Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life. Russell Bennetts is the editor of Berfrois. Berfrois Was Karl Marx an anti-Semite? Creativity is rejected: Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking. Illustration by Rob Donnelly In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world.

Creativity is rejected: Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking.

We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Michael Sandel and AC Grayling in conversation. Read and watch the two philosophers on markets, morals and justice © Sophia Schorr-Kon On Wednesday night (8th May), Prospect hosted an evening of conversation between Michael Sandel and AC Grayling at the Royal Geographical Society in London. There is an edited transcript below. The event was divided into three parts. How to Worry Less About Money. By Maria Popova What Goethe can teach us about cultivating a healthy relationship with our finances.

How to Worry Less About Money

The question of how people spend and earn money has been a cultural obsession since the dawn of economic history, but the psychology behind it is sometimes surprising and often riddled with various anxieties. In How to Worry Less about Money (public library) — another great installment in The School of Life’s heartening series reclaiming the traditional self-help genre as intelligent, non-self-helpy, yet immensely helpful guides to modern living, which previously gave us Philippa Perry’s How to Stay Sane, Alain de Botton’s How to Think More About Sex, and Roman Krznaric’s How to Find Fulfilling Work — Melbourne Business School philosopher-in-residence John Armstrong guides us to arriving at our own “big views about money and its role in life,” transcending the narrow and often oppressive conceptions of our monoculture.

Always Already Derrida: Berfrois Interviews David Mikics. By Russell Bennetts David Mikics is a professor at the University of Houston and writes on Renaissance literature, twentieth century poetry and fiction, continental philosophy, and literary theory.

Always Already Derrida: Berfrois Interviews David Mikics

His published works are on ideas which range from pathos and subjectivity in Spenser and Milton to individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche. ‘The World Until Yesterday,’ by Jared Diamond.


Excerpt: 'Struggle and Utopia at the End Times of Philosophy' by François Laruelle. Upper Middle Brow. Gayatri Spivak. 24. Theories Lecture: Understanding Gayatri Spivak's "Can the Subaltern Speak" Jonathan Lear: A Lost Conception of Irony. Crow Indians, photograph by David F. Barry, c.1878 by Jonathan Lear On the face of it, a conception does not seem the sort of thing it is easy to lose. Truth’s Minimalism. She Is Not Drowning; or, Truth Leaving the Well, Édouard Debat-Ponsan, 1898 by Ian Pollock It is not uncommon that a discussion about some controversy turns to the truth or falsity of some claim, and thereupon one of the parties to the discussion questions the very nature of truth itself. Often, this is a conversational move designed to say “I am feeling embarrassed and I need to save face,” in which case you probably need to consider whether continuing the conversation is a productive move.

But sometimes truth as a concept does seem to be a real point of contention, especially among those of radically post-modern disposition. This post presents one theory of the nature of truth — a topic that is, despite appearances, rather interesting.

Environmental Philosophy

Evil, part one: how can we think about evil? "Evil" is a strong word, and a provocative one. Nowadays it tends to be reserved for acts of exceptional cruelty: the Moors murders, organised child abuse, genocide. It is not just the extreme nastiness of such acts – and their perpetrators – that makes people describe them as evil. Philosophy since the Enlightenment, by Roger Jones. The French Technique. Ian James’ new book offers a compelling account of the most recent and interesting figures that constitute the actuality and singularity of the contemporary French philosophical landscape.

Foucault’s Will to Know by Stuart Elden. Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty, part 3: rejecting politics as science. 'Karl Marx claimed that his system of political thought was predictive.' Photograph: Michael Nicholson/Corbis. Peter Thompson. Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life. By Maria Popova. Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life? Julian Baggini No one who has understood even a fraction of what science has told us about the universe can fail to be in awe of both the cosmos and of science.

When physics is compared with the humanities and social sciences, it is easy for the scientists to feel smug and the rest of us to feel somewhat envious. Agustín Fuentes: Humans Being. Michael Reedy. Ariel - John Cage's 4'33": Even silence needs rights clearance. Star of the Evening. Pinterest. Pain by Rhoda Feng. From Fairy Tales about Animals, 1973. Facebook in the Age of Facebook. Screenshot of image search for Facebook’s “Like” button. Text of a paper delivered at Theorizing the Web 2012 conference at the University of Maryland on April 14, 2012.

What Money Can’t Buy: Michael Sandel On Market Moralism Run Amok.


Age of Ignorance by Charles Simic. Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. Errol Morris. The Inner History of Devices. Stuart Hall. Nietszche.