Slavoj Žižek: What Fullfils You Creatively Isn’t What Makes You Happy

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While theorist and provocateur Slavoj Žižek tends to get characterized—especially in a recent, testy exchange with Noam Chomsky—as obscurantist and muddle-headed, I’ve always found him quite readable, especially when compared to his mentor, psychoanalytic philosopher Jacques Lacan.

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The Lonely Photo of Michel Foucault with a Full Head of Hair

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When you think of Michel Foucault, it’s hard not to think of the bald head that’s so part of his persona.

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The Drawings of Jean-Paul Sartre

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We’ve established something of a tradition here of featuring drawings by famous authors. It seems, unsurprisingly, that skill with the pen often goes hand-in-glove with a keen visual sense, though admittedly some writers are more talented draftsmen than others.

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The Ultimate Warrior, Professional Wrestler & Philosopher, Created a Glossary of World Philosophies

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If you run a web site long enough, you end up covering topics you never thought you’d touch. Like professional wrestling. Come to think of it, we did show you once before Andy Warhol making an unexpected appearance on a 1985 World Wide Wrestling Federation broadcast. But today the subject isn’t an artist with a penchant for wrestling.

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Two Artificial Intelligence Chatbots Talk to Each Other & Get Into a Deep Philosophical Conversation

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The folks at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab are “interested in robots that create and are creative.” Here’s one such example of robots getting creative. Above, the lab lets two chatbots (essentially computer programs designed to simulate an intelligent conversation) start chatting with one another.

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Philosophize This!: The Popular, Entertaining Philosophy Podcast from an Unconventional Teacher

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Podcasting has treated few fields of human inquiry as well as it has philosophy. You’ll already know that if you’ve subscribed to the philosophy podcasts we’ve featured before, like Philosophy Bites, The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, and The Partially Examined Life.

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Human, All Too Human: 3-Part Documentary Profiles Nietzsche, Heidegger & Sartre

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Certainly three of the most radical thinkers of the last 150 years, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre were also three of the most controversial, and at times politically toxic, for their perceived links to totalitarian regimes. In Nietzsche’s case, the connection to Nazism was wholly spurious, concocted after his death by his anti-Semitic sister.

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Actresses Lucy Lawless & Jaime Murray Perform Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” for The Partially Examined Life Podcast

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Lucy Lawless (Star of Xena the Warrior Princess and notable contributor to such shows as Spartica, Battlestar Galactica, and Parks & Recreation) previously appeared on the Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast in Fall 2012.

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Watch a “Lost Interview” With Michel Foucault: Missing for 30 Years But Now Recovered

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An introductory shot that might be an outtake from A Clockwork Orange opens this interview with Michel Foucault, “lost,” we’re told by Critical Theory, “for nearly 30 years” before it appeared on Youtube last week.

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Simone de Beauvoir & Jean-Paul Sartre Shooting a Gun in Their First Photo Together (1929)

≡ Category: Philosophy, Photography |3 Comments

In late 2012, an exhibition called Shoot! Existential Photography was held in London. And it traced the history of an unusual attraction that started appearing in European fairgrounds after World War I — the photographic shooting gallery.

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