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What Is to Be Done?

What Is to Be Done?

IN LATE SEPTEMBER 2014, Cambridge University Press published The History Manifesto with much fanfare, making the book available as an open-access download on a website designed as a forum for debating...

Zen Again: Reconsidering D.T. Suzuki

Zen Again: Reconsidering D.T. Suzuki

D.T. SUZUKI (1870–1966), writes Richard M. Jaffe, was “one of the most culturally influential Asians of the twentieth century.”[i] Suzuki certainly has the track record to back up that statement...

How to Live Together: Lessons from Algeria

How to Live Together: Lessons from Algeria

THROUGHOUT THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, Frantz Fanon argues in no uncertain terms that colonial violence is what impels anticolonial violence. Pace Jean-Paul Sartre, whose preface unwittingly turned the...

A Static Form of Remembrance

A Static Form of Remembrance

THIS YEAR’S NOBEL PRIZE for Medicine was awarded to three scientists whose neuroscientific work provided conclusive evidence for the interwoven relationship between the concepts of memory and space ...

In Praise of Gardens

In Praise of Gardens

PEOPLE WHO LEAD what Damon Young calls “philosophical lives” – philosophers as the Ancients understood the term – do not need to be card-carrying professional philosophers. His book is a set ...

The State of Surveillance

The State of Surveillance

THE INSPECTION HOUSE: An Impertinent Field Guide to Modern Surveillance is the latest in the “Exploded Views” series from the innovative Toronto-based publisher Coach House Books. In a prefatory n...

Say That Again? Making Sense of Noise

Say That Again? Making Sense of Noise

NOISE IS A BALL of untied pieces of string, cut at various lengths, which we can only perceive holistically. It is a complex interweaving of fabrics, fibrous at the edges, caressing and combining alon...

The Symbol Is Dead, Long Live the Symbolic

The Symbol Is Dead, Long Live the Symbolic

WHEN MAURICE MERLEAU-PONTY published Adventures of the Dialectic in 1955, he was firmly disenchanted with Marxism. The USSR’s show trials and camp system had for some time contributed to a change in...

How the Humanities Will Save the World

How the Humanities Will Save the World

AT A DINNER GATHERING not long ago, some friends and colleagues were discussing ways to tackle intractable social problems: entrenched inequality, persistant discrimination, nihilistic extremists, cul...

The Human in University Education

The Human in University Education

LET ME BEGIN by explaining the aim of my title. I assume that two of the most important and closely tied purposes of a research university are the production and reproduction of knowledge, which goes ...

Every Which Way but Loose

Every Which Way but Loose

MY FIRST JOB after graduating from college was at a chain bookstore in a shopping mall. There were many silly regulations that employees there only followed when the boss was around. One in particular...