Read Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher

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The recent “adjunct walk out day” has reminded people outside academia—at least those who paid any attention—of the decaying state of American higher education, a condition driven in part by a searing undercurrent of anti-intellectualism in U.S. political culture.


A Racy Philosophy Lesson on Kant’s Aesthetics by Alain de Botton’s “School of Life”

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For the past two decades, Alain de Botton has refined his knack for popularizing philosophical and literary ideas. In 1997, he published his bestseller, How Proust Can Change Your Life.


Hunter S. Thompson, Existentialist Life Coach, Gives Tips for Finding Meaning in Life

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At first blush, Hunter S. Thompson might be the last person you would want to ask for advice. After all, his daily routine involved copious amounts of cocaine, LSD and Chivas Regal. He once raked a neighbor’s house with gunfire. And he once almost accidentally blew up Johnny Depp.


What Makes Us Human?: Chomsky, Locke & Marx Introduced by New Animated Videos from the BBC

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When Plato defined humans as two-legged animals without feathers, I suspect he was only half serious. Or if he was as humorless as some suppose, his antagonist Diogenes the Cynic certainly picked up on the joke, pointing out that the description sounds pretty much like a plucked chicken.


Free Online Course: Robert Thurman’s Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Recorded at Columbia U)

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Today you can be a fly on the wall at Columbia University, and listen to Robert Thurman’s lectures on “The Central Philosophy of Tibet.” Thurman is, as his own website rightly describes him, a “worldwide authority on religion and spirituality,” and an “eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives.


How Martin Luther King, Jr. Used Hegel, Kant & Nietzsche to Overturn Segregation in America

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The influence of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel on the revolutionary philosophy of Karl Marx and Frederich Engels is well known.


Bertrand Russell’s Message to People Living 1,000 Years in the Future: “Love is Wise, Hatred is Foolish”

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Bertrand Russell, the great British philosopher and social critic, appeared on the BBC program Face-to-Face in 1959 and was asked a closing question: What would you tell a generation living 1,000 years from now about the life you’ve lived and the lessons you’ve learned. His answer is short, but pithy.


Joni Mitchell’s Application for a Tenure Track Philosophy Position

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Michael Stipe has a teaching gig at NYU. Lynda Barry has one at UW-Madison. Sun Ra gave a classic lecture at UC-Berkeley.


How Did Everything Begin?: Animations on the Origins of the Universe Narrated by X-Files Star Gillian Anderson

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Back in November, we brought you the BBC series of short animated videos, A History of Ideas.


Slavoj Žižek Names His Favorite Films from The Criterion Collection

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Slavoj Žižek – the world’s most famous Slovenian, the “Elvis of cultural theory” – readily admits that he’s a big fan of movies. After all, there are few better ideological delivery systems out there than cinema and Žižek is fascinated with ideology.


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