Philosophers (Including Slavoj Žižek) and Ethicists Answer the Question: Is It OK to Punch Nazis?

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Richard Spencer has become the face of the burgeoning new, “cosmetically-improved” white supremacist movement–otherwise known as the alt-right. A resident of Whitefish, Montana, the UVA and UChicago-educated Spencer “advocates for an Aryan homeland for the supposedly dispossessed white race.


Animated Video Tells the Story of Jean-Paul Sartre & Albert Camus’ Famous Falling Out (1952)

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Yesterday we wrote about Albert Camus’ role as the editor of Combat, a newspaper that emerged from a French Resistance cell and played a central role in the ideological conflicts of post-war France.


Albert Camus, Editor of the French Resistance Newspaper Combat, Writes Movingly About Life, Politics & War (1944-47)

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When totalitarian regimes around the world are in power, writing that tells the truth—whether literary, journalistic, scientific, or legal—effectively serves as counter-propaganda. To write honestly is to expose: to uncover what is hidden, stand apart from it, and observe.


Hannah Arendt on “Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship:” Better to Suffer Than Collaborate

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When Eichmann in Jerusalem—Hannah Arendt’s book about Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann’s trial—came out in 1963, it contributed one of the most famous of post-war ideas to the discourse, the “banality of evil.” And the concept at first caused a critical furor.


An Introduction to Hegel’s Philosophy of History: The Road to Progress Runs First Through Dark Times

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The question of whether or not genuine human progress is possible, or desirable, lies at the heart of many a radical post-Enlightenment philosophical project. More pessimistic philosophers have, unsurprisingly, doubted it. Arthur Schopenhauer, cast baleful suspicion on the idea.


An Animated Introduction to Theodor Adorno & His Critique of Modern Capitalism

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The German philosopher and sociologist Theodor Adorno had much to say about what was wrong with society, and even now, nearly fifty years after his death, his adherents would argue that his diagnoses have lost none of their relevance.


An Introduction to Confucius’ Life & Thought Through Two Animated Videos

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Though it isn’t widely acknowledged, there’s been a longstanding and robust debate at least since the nineteenth century over whether or not a historical Jesus existed.


An Animated Introduction to the Feminist Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir (on Her 109th Birthday)

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How influential are the writings of Simone de Beauvoir? So influential that even the rushed, by all accounts shoddy first English translation (executed by a zoologist not especially acquainted with philosophy, and only somewhat more so with the French language) of her book Le deuxième sexe became, in 1953, The Second Sex.


Hear Alan Watts’s 1960s Prediction That Automation Will Necessitate a Universal Basic Income

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One of the most propulsive forces in our social and economic lives is the rate at which emerging technology transforms every sphere of human labor. Despite the political leverage obtained by fearmongering about immigrants and foreigners, it’s the robots who are actually taking our jobs.


Philographics Presents a Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: 95 Philosophical Concepts as Graphic Designs

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We so often hear pictures described as worth a thousand words apiece, but the Philographics project seems to have found a way to increase that value by at least 27,218. Or it has if you believe its blurb from Co.Design: “It takes the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 28,250 words to explain the woolly concept of relativism.


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