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Has Barack Obama Proven Himself To Be Dialectical?

November 5, 2012

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By Phil Ingram Here we are, right at the climax of the American election season!  We shall now have to talk metaphysics. Hegel: “When thinking is to begin, we have nothing but thought in its pure lack of determination, for determination requires both one and another; but at the beginning we have as yet no […]

Obituary for the Bourgeois Intellectual

September 12, 2012

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Dear M-1 and stic.man, How is it that personal interests always develop, against the will of the individuals, into class interests, into common interests which acquire independent existence in relation to the individual persons, and in their independence assume the form of general interests?  How is it that as such they come into contradiction with […]

Real Lives of Graduate Students: Jacob Ide

January 6, 2012

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And we’re back!  Real Lives of Graduate Students continues with a response to our questionnaire by a philosophy student named Jacob. Enjoy our third installment of this series, and keep checking back to learn more about the real lives of graduate students! Name? Jacob Ide Age? 29 Occupation? Graduate Teaching Assistant Why graduate school, as […]

Academia, the Self-Referential Exploiter

November 5, 2011

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By Frank W. Strauch The claim of academia is that it studies the world, the real existing world, in all of its richness.  In fact, however, it has no interest whatsoever in the real world.  Instead, it is interested only in itself.  The academic’s frame of reference is not the world that he claims to […]

Steve Jobs Cures Autism

November 2, 2011

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By Eduardo Dijo In the face of terrible apathy, the corporate Captain Ahab didn’t just nab his sperm whale; through his tragic death by consciously refused cancer treatments, the great Steve Jobs has now been resurrected in the form of the undeserving orphan who unintentionally cured autism with pointless gadgetry, endless reinventions of the same […]

Slavoj Zizek Has Nothing To Say

November 1, 2011

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Every now and then, if you can restrict him to a Twitter-length sound bite, popular Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek has something interesting to say.  But when faced with the actual, real world crisis of 2011, the ivory-tower idealist par excellence can do nothing but babble on incoherently with the same old regurgitated platitudes that have […]

Struggle or Extinction? And Other Inexorable Questions

May 1, 2011

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By Phil Ingram It has been said that any thinker who is proceeding along the philosophical road must eventually cross the bridge known as the most basic question of philosophy – materialism or idealism: the relationship of being and consciousness – before he or she can seriously begin delving into those “general theoretical, world-view questions […]

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