Category: Philosophy

Kung Fu for Philosophers

In a 2005 news report about the Shaolin Temple, the Buddhist monastery in China well-known for its martial arts, a monk addressed a common misunderstanding: “Many people have a misconception that martial arts is about fighting and killing,” the monk was quoted as saying, “It is actually about improving your wisdom and intelligence.” Continue reading …

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Michel Foucault – The Culture of the Self, First Lecture, Part 1 of 7

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Citizen Balibar An Interview with Étienne Balibar

Citizen Balibar An Interview with Étienne Balibar by Nicolas Duvoux & Pascal Sévérac translated by Michael C. Behrent [26-11-2012] Who comes after the subject? According to Étienne Balibar, it is the citizen—grasped not in her isolated sovereignty, but as a member of an emerging community. Yet the equality of rights that modernity proclaims does not …

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Hannah Arendt’s radical politics: beyond actually existing democracies

In Brazil as in many other parts of the world, Hannah Arendt’s thought has been frequently mentioned and assessed in juridical discussions (Lafer 1988; 1993). In fact, her work contains many passages in which she discusses juridical matters, often in close connection with questioning the perplexities engendered by totalitarianism. We may for example, take her …

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