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Philosophy news and analysis from The Nation

  • February 2, 2006

    Heidegger Made Kosher

    Two new books explore the work of philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Heidegger.

    Richard Wolin

  • January 11, 2006

    In Her Mind’s Eye

    Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism is a political classic trapped in the era in which it was written.

    Jonathan Rée

  • January 11, 2006

    Easier Said Than Done

    Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism explores the middle ground between the universal laws of liberalism and relativism's blind respect for all differences.

    John Gray

  • January 5, 2006

    Harry Magdoff

    The late socialist economist Harry Magdoff read Marx at fifteen and never looked back. A self-educated co-editor of the Monthly Review, he not only fought for a just and humane world; he embodied his politics in the way he conducted his life.

    The Nation

  • November 22, 2005

    Marxism and Form

    Perry Anderson's Spectrum journeys through the abstract worlds of conservative and liberal intellectual thought, and leaves in its trail insights on the substance and style of ideas.

    Stefan Collini


  • November 17, 2005

    Profane Illuminations

    New biographies of Rousseau and Voltaire help us appreciate how very fragile the eighteenth century's great movement of ideas was, and how remarkable it is that the Enlightenment not only survived but flourished.

    David A. Bell

  • August 18, 2005

    The Philosophy of Art

    Arthur Danto talks about art in America, the rise of pluralism and how The Nation changed his life.

    Natasha Degen

  • July 28, 2005

    The Treason of the Clerics

    Foucault and the Iranian Revolution details the story of Foucault's induction into journalism as a political correspondent in Iran.

    Jonathan Rée

  • May 26, 2005

    Hail Mary

    A new biography of one of the Enlightment's most remarkable thinkers.

    Vivian Gornick

  • May 19, 2005

    On Sartre’s God Problem

    Reflections on the centenary of the birth of Jean-Paul Sarte.

    Norman Mailer