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News and Analysis from The Nation on Philosophy
January 10, 2017
If We Want to Fight Against Trump, We Have to Know What We’re Fighting For
Defending against fascism is good—but having a vision for what kind of society we actually desire is even better.
November 7, 2016
Did Medieval Muslims Invent Modern Secularism?
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
was embraced by many Western intellectuals as an aid to their own secularization.
November 4, 2016
Utopia? Forget About It. Time for ‘Untopia.’
Striving for the perfect society has been the cause of great misery. We should embrace our imperfections.
July 29, 2016
What Breeds in ‘Standing Water’
Eleanor Chai’s poems require delving below the surface of each compact, enjambment-packed stanza, forcing the reader through a process of discovery not unlike Chai’s own origin story.
July 15, 2016
Out of Sight, Top of Mind
A new book conveys the powerful role photography plays in sports. But the photographers are still something of a mystery.
Ian F. Blair
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July 7, 2016
The Insufficiency of Pan-Africanism as We Know It
The fact that many people identify, however loosely, with being African doesn’t replace the need for the services that only a government can provide.
December 4, 2015
December 4, 1975: Hannah Arendt Dies
“Man is basically alone with his ‘revolt’ and ‘clairvoyance,’ that is, with his reasoning.”
September 12, 2015
September 12, 1880: H.L. Mencken Is Born
“What ails liberalism, as a practical scheme of reform, is its naive and irrational belief in law, a superstition that has cursed the human race long enough.”
July 15, 2015
July 15, 1919: Iris Murdoch Is Born
“She is a sophisticated philosopher, and it is her evident aim to put us back in intimate touch with our own being.”
April 14, 2015
Liberalism as a Fighting Faith
Larry Sidentop re-imagines the origins of liberalism.