Tag Archives: Philosophy

Why migration is a right

Migration seems to be at the heart of the rising wave of right-wing populism: a major motivator for Brexit, a major campaign issue for Trump and the European Neo-Nazis who look to him for inspiration. I’m probably going to talk … Continue reading

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Foucault and Breivik

Is Rubert Murdoch responsible for actions carried out by his employees? Do murders by Anders Breivik reflect on islamophobic commentators? Are feminists, egalitarians and liberals advancing a Europe-wide grand plan to actively undermine the basic structures of Western civilisation? All … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Masturbation: Anatomy of a Metaphor

Marx famously claimed that “philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.” People have occasionally made similar remarks to me in the past, usually disparaging a particular type of philosophy, … Continue reading

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Positive Liberty, Inner Slavery, and the Wrong Sort of Rationalism

There’s an idea, pronounced in the history of (western) philosophy and present, though perhaps less pronounced, in popular culture, that a person can be ‘internally enslaved’, i.e. can fail to be fully free not because of external constraints but because … Continue reading

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The Fixity of the Future

Not been posting very often recently, as you may have noticed. This may well continue, who knows? For now I will throw up something I found banging around my hard-drive from ages ago. It’s not very original or sophisticated, but … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Starbucks, and Objectivity

1 Imagine three coffee houses in Toronto. Everyone is sitting around happily when something disturbs the peace. At Starbucks 1, a militant dressed in black rushes up the window and breaks it with a stick. People are shocked, and frightened … Continue reading

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What is Violence? Part 2/2

As I said in my last post, I think the first task for defining ‘violence’ is psychological: what is the experience of violence, what is it to feel oneself to be ‘violated’ by a certain action? That’s what I’ll discuss … Continue reading

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