Recent links…

Discussion welcome.

  1. “Bringing Camus and Fanon in conversation [can] help us better understand the constraints under which one must work to find a viable solution if, indeed, one can be found” — Pedro Tabensky (Rhodes) interviewed at 3:16AM on philosophy and the Algerian War of Independence
  2. “It’s not so much there being black elves which strikes me as odd, as there being some black elves and some white elves. What is up with that!?” — Liam Kofi Bright (LSE) on ethnic and racial identity in sci-fi and fantasy
  3. “What is tantalising, and perhaps unique, about his argument for an afterlife is the fact that it actually depends on the inevitable irrationality of human life in an otherwise reason-imbued world” — why Gödel believed in an afterlife
  4. “In some of the soybeans, over a quarter of the soluble proteins were identified as pig… The beans have a pinky hue and a meaty taste” — attn: philosophers interested in food, environment, animals, technology, species, gastronomic aesthetics
  5. “The thinker who wrote best about human flourishing and who has the most to offer us when we think about how to become our best selves, is the English philosopher John Stuart Mill” — Mill as self-help guru, as interpreted by Henry Oliver
  6. “Many political philosophers working and living in Latin America don’t even bother to read and cite their own colleagues. This is, to be sure, a shame, but there is a rationale behind this self-destructive practice” — Macarena Marey (Buenos Aires) on the geopolitics of knowledge in political philosophy
  7. “Bourgeois philosophy… takes the domain of comfortable, domestic intuitions as the measure of all things” — David Egan wants more philosophy that breaks out of its “small-souled, conventional orderliness”

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