Category Archives: Philosophy

Cineas and the meaning of life

Pyrrhus, the great Greek general, is off to conquer the world — Italy, Sicily, Libya, Carthage, and beyond. Cineas, his eloquent adviser and ambassador, asks him: What will you do after you conquer the world? Pyrrhus answers that he will … Continue reading

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Double insult — Rousseau and the French

Hugh Trevor-Roper was known for his biting polemical style. In a youthful fellowship essay he described Rousseau’s Confessions this way: “a lucid journal of a life so utterly degraded that it has been a bestseller in France ever since.”[1] Of … Continue reading

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Two high-profile plagiarism cases — and two questions

Chris Hedges and Slavoj Žižek. First question: If you’re a leftist, is plagiarism a bad thing? Left philosophy tends to argue that “knowledge” is a social product, that individuals are products of social circumstances, what’s yours is mine, and so … Continue reading

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Kostyło on postmodern dialectic of social care

A fascinating article by a Polish philosopher, Professor Piotr Kostyło of the University of Casimir the Great. (Courtesy of the publisher, here is a PDF of Kostyło’s article.) Kostyło notes that this generation of postmodern thinkers seems to have turned … Continue reading

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Filosofia e um Século de Guerra

Filosofia e um Século de Guerra Stephen R. C. Hicks (Tradução e revisão de Matheus Pacini.) A filosofia tem uma reputação de ser abstrata e difícil: o que pode certamente ser. Ela possui, também, uma reputação por não ser prática: … Continue reading

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Why are philosophers stupid about politics?

In a portrait of the philosopher George Santayana, literary essayist Joseph Epstein asks a question about philosophers: “What is it about the study of philosophy that tends to make brilliant minds stupid when it comes down to what are known … Continue reading

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Who should pay for my contraceptives? Three positions

A modest goal in this post: to clarify the moral and political options. First, whose moral responsibility is it? That is, who, as a matter of choice, should assume this responsibility? Position 1: It is my responsibility to provide them … Continue reading

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Preface to Polish translation of *Nietzsche and the Nazis*

The Polish translation of Nietzsche and the Nazis was published by the Fundacji Fuhrmanna (Fuhrmann Foundation, 2014) as Nietzsche i naziści, moje spojrzenia. Here, in English, is the Preface to the Polish edition. Preface to the Polish translation Friedrich Nietzsche … Continue reading

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