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Philosophy news and analysis from The Nation
February 28, 2020
Reading Richard Rorty in Tehran
What the American philosopher’s visit to Tehran in 2004 can teach us about Iranian society—and our own.
July 1, 2019
The Philosophical Origins of Patriarchy
Plato, Hippocrates, and Aristotle laid the foundations on which centuries of sexism were built.
January 24, 2019
Erik Olin Wright Inspired the Left to Embrace Real Utopianism
The brilliant scholar taught radicals to think big about solutions—such as universal basic income.
May 30, 2017
Frank Deford’s Wicked Grace
The greatest sportswriter of his generation has passed away, leaving behind a legacy of acolytes who swear by the joy and power of the written word.
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.
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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
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.