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What to Make of Heidegger in 2015?

What to Make of Heidegger in 2015?

NEARLY 40 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH, the philosopher Martin Heidegger continues to influence philosophers, political theorists, and intellectuals across a broad diversity of fields. Leo Strauss and Herber...

Vision Science

Vision Science

IN SEEING THINGS AS THEY ARE, John Searle turns his attention to perception — visual perception, to be precise. Perception is both the basic way that minds connect with configurations of objects and...

Dream Nation and the Phantasm of Europe, Part I

Dream Nation and the Phantasm of Europe, Part I

THIS IS THE FIRST PART of a conversation that will be published as a foreword to the Serbian translation of Stathis Gourgouris’s Does Literature Think?: Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era,...

Galloway’s Non-Digital Introduction to Laruelle

Galloway’s Non-Digital Introduction to Laruelle

FRANÇOIS LARUELLE, a strange and little-known thinker, claimed to have invented something called “non-philosophy” (or, with its more recent title, “non-standard philosophy”). He purports this...

Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

IN 1966 A YOUNG Harvard graduate by the name of Terrence Malick won a Rhodes Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he planned to continue his philosophical studies. Under the supervision of t...

Self, with or without Selfies

Self, with or without Selfies

ONE OF THE NOTABLE features of human beings is our ability to sleepily glance at the bathroom mirror in the morning, and not only recognize ourselves, but also reflectively note, “Hmm, I don’t ...

Three Contemporary Spinozas

Three Contemporary Spinozas

I shall consider human actions and appetites just as if it were a question of lines, planes and bodies. — Baruch Spinoza   A SPINOZIST POLITICS? Mathematics? Posthumanism? Baruch (Benedi...

Searching for Foucault in an Age of Inequality

Searching for Foucault in an Age of Inequality

JACOBIN RECENTLY PUBLISHED an interview with a little-known sociologist that provoked a wave of reactions. A young Belgian scholar named Daniel Zamora claimed that the philosopher Michel Foucault — ...

On the Notebooks of Count Giacomo Leopardi

On the Notebooks of Count Giacomo Leopardi

IN THE HOT Italian summer, I think about Count Giacomo Leopardi, immured in the library of his father’s palazzo in the small town of Recanati in the provincial Marche, inland but within sight of the...

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 ...