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Primo Levi

Seeing not a person but a thing was the crime of crimes for Primo Levi.

Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

For Margaret Thatcher as for today’s happiness industry, there is no such thing as society.

Why are philosophers invoking the notion of human dignity to revitalize theories of political ethics?

By refusing to treat Marx as our contemporary, Jonathan Sperber has brought him back to life.

Leszek Kołakowski, Cold War, Marxism, Poland, John Paul II, Christianithy, athei

How the great Polish philosopher went from being an anticlerical scourge to an apostle of John Paul II.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte undertook a pure search for truth. He also distrusted international markets. Does that make him an ancestor to anti-globalization activists?

Pacific Rim: Chomsky versus Zizek

An online dustup between two pop star penseurs shows them staggering through afterlives.

photo of Friedrich Hayek in his study, 1960

How did the conservative ideas of Friedrich Hayek and the Austrian school become our economic reality? By turning the market into the realm of great politics and morals.