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Philosophy news and analysis from The Nation
March 9, 2021
Harvard’s History of Inscrutable Tenure Denials
Cornel West is only the latest scholar of color the ultra-elite institution has failed to hold on to.
January 28, 2021
Charles Mills Thinks Liberalism Still Has a Chance
A wide-ranging conversation with the philosopher on the white supremacist roots of liberal thought, Biden’s victory, and Trumpism without Trump.
January 26, 2021
Letters From the February 8/15, 2021, Issue
No hope or change… An open question… It’s time… Fly high, comrade… Higher math…
December 15, 2020
Theodor Adorno and the Crises of Liberalism
At the center of Adorno’s work was a reminder that fascist movements are not exceptional to liberal democracy but signs of its failure.
Peter E. Gordon
August 3, 2020
The Philosophical Leftovers of Gilles Deleuze
What is there left to learn from the work the French thinker left behind?
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June 8, 2020
The Twisted Legacy of Alfred Jarry’s Monsters
A recent retrospective of his work, viewable online at the Morgan Library and Museum, illustrates the sprawling influence of his many artistic and philosophical creations.
May 13, 2020
Judith Butler on the Violence of Neglect Amid a Health Crisis
A conversation with the theorist about her new book,
The Force of Nonviolence
, and the need for global solidarity in the pandemic world
May 5, 2020
The Worlds of Edward Said
An exile who made the world his home, Said infused his literary style with a cosmopolitan ease and his political commitments with a cosmopolitan ethics.
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.
February 17, 2020
Richard Powers on the Standing of Trees
The author of
hikes through the Great Smoky Mountains and discusses giving personhood to nonhumans.