Sun Ra’s Full Lecture & Reading List From His 1971 UC Berkeley Course, “The Black Man in the Cosmos”

≡ Category: Music, Philosophy, UC Berkeley |2 Comments

 

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A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher’s big band.

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Ayn Rand Trashes C.S. Lewis in Her Marginalia: He’s an “Abysmal Bastard”

≡ Category: Books, Philosophy, Religion |5 Comments

The political intersection of Ayn Randian libertarians and Evangelical conservatives is a baffling phenomenon for most of us outside the American right. It’s hard to reconcile the atheist arch-capitalist and despiser of social welfare with, for example, the Sermon on the Mount.

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Susan Sontag Lectures On Literary Pornography (1964)

≡ Category: Literature, Philosophy |Leave a Comment

Just above, in what seems to be the second in a series of five lectures Susan Sontag delivered at the 92nd St. Y in 1964, hear the novelist, filmmaker, and literary critic discuss what she calls “classical pornography”—which is not, in her definition, porn from ancient Greece.

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Jean-Paul Sartre Rejects the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964: “It Was Monstrous!”

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In a 2013 blog post, the great Ursula K. Le Guin quotes a London Times Literary Supplement column by a “J.C.,” who satirically proposes the “Jean-Paul Sartre Prize for Prize Refusal.” “Writers all over Europe and American are turning down awards in the hope of being nominated for a Sartre,” writes J.C.

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Routledge Gives Free Access to 6,000 eBooks in June (Including Philosophy & Cultural Studies Texts)

≡ Category: e-books, Philosophy |2 Comments

A quick note: After digitizing over 15,000 books, Routledge has made 6,000 of these e-texts free for viewing during the month of June. You can browse the complete list of titles in Routledge’s e-catalog by clicking here.

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Introducing Ergo, the New Open Philosophy Journal

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The new open philosophy journal, Ergo, was “created in response to a need for general philosophy journals that are efficient, open access, inclusive, and transparent.” Traditional philosophy journals move slowly, taking somewhere between 5 and 9 months to tell scholars whether their submissions will be accepted or not.

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Slavoj Žižek Tells Jokes (NSFW)

≡ Category: Comedy, Philosophy, Politics |1 Comment

For Sigmund Freud, a joke was never just a joke, but a window into the unconscious, laughter an anxious symptom of recognition that something lost has resurfaced, distorted into humor. For Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher Slavoj Žižek, jokes function similarly.

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Martin Heidegger Talks Philosophy with a Buddhist Monk on German Television (1963)

≡ Category: Philosophy, Religion |3 Comments

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Martin Heidegger is often called the most important philosopher of the 20th century. I’m not in a position to evaluate this claim, but his influence on contemporary and successive European and American thinkers is considerable.

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Watch Hand-Drawn Animations of 7 Stories & Essays by C.S. Lewis

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I can vividly recall the first time I read C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. I was fourteen, and I was prepared to be terrified by the book, knowing of its demonic subject matter and believing at the time in invisible malevolence.

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Who Are the Most Pernicious Thinkers? A List of Five Bad Western Philosophers: Name Your Own

≡ Category: Philosophy |30 Comments

Over at his blog Leiter Reports, UC Chicago professor of philosophy Brian Leiter is currently conducting a very interesting poll, asking his readers to rank the 25 philosophers of “the modern era” (the last 200 years) who “have had the most pernicious influence on philosophy.

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