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Philosophy news and analysis from The Nation
September 3, 2022
The Mysteries of Adam Smith
How to understand Adam Smith’s politics
April 14, 2022
Turning Theory Into Art
Anna Ostoya transforms Chantal Mouffe’s writing into collages, with the hope of making her ideas more available to the masses.
Jonah Goldman Kay
March 24, 2022
A Mirror on Every Wall—and a Microphone Behind Every Mirror
The work of belonging is never done.
March 7, 2022
The New Politics of Desire
In her new book, the philosopher Amia Srinivasan asks: “What would it take for sex really to be free?”
February 10, 2022
Manthia Diawara in the Archive of Postcolonialism
His films put into practice the history of radical Black thought by placing generations of thinkers in conversation.
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February 1, 2022
The Limits of Understanding the Pandemic Philosophically
The Palliative Society
tries to contextualize the emotional and cultural ramifications of Covid-19 without ever addressing its material consequences.
January 25, 2022
Danielle Allen Is Running for Massachusetts Governor to Revive American Democracy
Can she convince the state’s voters to put her ideas into practice?
November 27, 2021
John Rawls and Liberalism’s Selective Conscience
With its doctrine of fairness,
Theory of Justice
transformed political philosophy. But what did it leave out?
Olúfémi O. Táíwò
October 29, 2021
Do We Need Faith as the World Feels Like It’s Ending?
Barbara Sostaita writes that religion helps people envision a more just world while Phil Zuckerman argues that faith can lead to pious inaction.
October 5, 2021
Eric Williams and the Tangled History of Capitalism and Slavery
The historian and politician helped transform how several generations understood 18th- and 19th-century history.