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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.

Siegfried Kracauer

The European émigré who became a philosopher of American cinema.

A philosopher’s broadside against Darwinism and materialism is mostly an instrument of mischief.

Jürgen Habermas

German “ordoliberalism” and Eurocrats have the EU on the brink, but Germany’s most famous philosopher remains optimistic about European democracy.

Why are moral and political thinkers failing to engage with the true, dispiriting scale of market sovereignty?