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Descent into the Desert

Descent into the Desert

TO NOT EAT, or to eat very little, is one way to control what one takes in from the world. To go hungry is the ascetic desert retreat in miniature. One leaves the world and descends into the desert in...

Deconstructing De Man in the Digital Age

Deconstructing De Man in the Digital Age

I DIDN'T KNOW Paul de Man — and it turns out, no one else really did either. I was a graduate student in English at Yale at the time of his greatest authority, the late 1970s and early 1980s. All t...

Derrida and the Death Penalty

Derrida and the Death Penalty

WHILE 48 of 49 European nations have abolished the death penalty, it remains legal in 32 US states, with no shortage of politicians and voters eager to lend it their vocal support. Surveys indicate th...

The Book that Everyone Needs to Read

The Book that Everyone Needs to Read

IN THE FOLLOWING INTERVIEW Imanol Galfarsoro talks with Santiago Zabala about his book, co-authored with Gianni Vattimo, Hermeneutic Communism. They discuss what drove the authors to write, in the wor...

Global Warming and Other Hyperobjects

Global Warming and Other Hyperobjects

YOU KNOW THE SCENARIO. It begins with someone asserting that global warming really exists. “Oh, yeah?” asks his skeptical friend. “Show me this thing called global warming; where is it exactly?...

A Practical Communism for the 21st Century

A Practical Communism for the 21st Century

TO WHAT CAN WE ATTRIBUTE the modern-day failures of communism? Can this ideology ever be dissociated from the associations which classically torpedo it, such as authoritarianism on the one hand and pr...

The Nietzsche Doctrine

The Nietzsche Doctrine

DURING A LONG, misogynistic, masochistic tirade early in his eponymous play, Hamlet accuses himself of being a coward who “Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words.” Hamlet overflows with wo...