Ludwig Wittgenstein

William Gass obituary

US novelist and short story writer who saw himself as a ‘decayed modernist’<p>Though William Gass, who has died aged 93, published only three novels and five collections of shorter fiction, he was one of the leading postmodernist writers of the second half of the 20th century. Alongside John Barth, …

Literature

10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them

For your reading pleasure, here are ten schools of philosophy you should know about. Some of them are commonly misunderstood, and we correct that …

British Philosophy

Why Jasper Johns Is an Icon of 20th-Century Painting

Jasper—Studio N.Y.C., 1958; printed 1981.<br>Robert Rauschenberg<br>San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)Target with Four Faces, 1979.<br>Jasper …

Art

The Whole Self: Our Thirteenth Annual Look at Debut Poets

The ten poetry collections featured in our thirteenth annual roundup of debut poets offer a glimpse of the wide range of contemporary poetry. Each of …

Poetry

I Write Because I Hate

William Howard Gass, who died on December 6 at the age of 93, is one of the very few 20th-century American philosophers of the 20th century to …

German Philosophy

What Would Doctorow Do?

Dec 11, 2017<p>29 Min read time<p>“However you find your society . . . you do not have to embrace its lies, or become complicitors in its cruelties,” wrote …

Literature

Prize-winning experimental author William Gass dies at 93

William Gass, a leading experimental writer of the 1960s and '70s who went on to become an award-winning essayist and translator and an influence on many younger writers, has died at his home in St. Louis. He was 93.<p>Gass’ death Wednesday was announced by his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. The cause of …

Literature

Best Epigraphs of 2017

Well, 2017 sure was something. Let’s take a look at the best epigraphs of books published this year! An epigraph is an introductory quote to a book …

Literature

Jerry Fodor obituary

Philosopher who saw the mind as a computer processing the language of thought<p>The philosopher Jerry Fodor, who has died aged 82, was the leading exponent of the philosophy of mind in a period when it became the discipline’s most prominent area. From the early 1960s he did much to set the agenda in …

German Philosophy

Review: Brainstorms Every Thursday

Logical positivism was a philosophical movement that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. Its epicenter was Vienna. The British philosopher A.J. Ayer, who visited the logical positivists there, did much to popularize the movement in the English-speaking world with his take-no-prisoners polemic …

Opinion

Nature

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>How Viennese scientists fought the dogma, propaganda and prejudice of the 1930s<p>Jordi Cat on a history of empirical thinkers whose world …

PubMed

Autobiography in an age of narcissism

Self-absorption, we are told, is the principal preoccupation of our age. It is an odd activity. I imagine a blotter soaking up its own absorbency and …

George Eliot

Arthur Ou at Brennan & Griffin (Contemporary Art Daily)

<i>When we think about the future of the world, we always have in mind its being at the place where it would be if it continued to move as we see it</i> …

Art

Meet Catherine McGuinness: The City of London Corporation's policy chairman

<b>The successes — and occasional scars — of two decades spent in London’s public life adorn the walls of Catherine McGuinness’s Guildhall offices in</b> …

Brexit

Billionaire LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Says His Masters in Philosophy Has Helped Him More Than an MBA

He said analytical thinking skills made him a better investor and entrepreneur.<p>When students begin graduate studies in philosophy, they’re typically …

Career Development

How Philippa Foot set her mind against prevailing moral philosophy – Nakul Krishna

‘In moral philosophy it is useful, I believe, to think about plants.’ The words were spoken to an audience of American philosophers in 1989. The …

Long-form Journalism

Miscellany Issue Content | Lapham’s Quarterly

Thomas Jefferson tried to avoid using servants at dinner parties by placing a dumbwaiter near each seat. According to one society chronicler, he …

German Philosophy

The algebra of Alice: 152nd anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll continues to attract new readers ever since it was told to three sisters on a summer afternoon …

Literature

How the billionaire founder of LinkedIn turned his dream of being a 'public intellectual' into a life as one of Silicon Valley's most prominent investors

• <b>Reid Hoffman is the billionaire cofounder of LinkedIn and an influential tech investor.</b>• <b><br>He has a masters in philosophy from Oxford and considers it useful to his approach to business.</b>• <b><br>His role as a prominent speaker and writer on entrepreneurship and careers is the result of a childhood ambition to</b> …

Silicon Valley

Out of the Quagmire of Words: Ordinary Language Philosophy and Literary Study

IN 1979, the California poet Robert Hass published his now-famous poem, “Meditation at Lagunitas.” Hass’s poem criticized poststructuralist literary …

Books

Editors' Picks for November

Love the Editors’ Picks? Try our other newsletters.<p><b>The Cambridge handbook of the psychology of prejudice</b>, ed. by Chris G. Sibley and Fiona Kate …

Alfred Hitchcock

When death took a holiday

I’m working on a Lancet Commission on the Value of Death, and I’m gathering material. That’s what led me to my 2009 review in the <i>BMJ</i> of José …

German Philosophy

A Robert De Niro Theory of Post-Truth: ‘Are you talking to me?'

<i>This article is part of an ongoing series from the Post-Truth Initiative, a Strategic Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney. The</i> …

German Philosophy

Famous philosopher’s quotes for World Philosophy Day: ‘I think therefore I am’

<b>World Philosophy Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of November and is a great time for us all to think a bit more deeply than …

Bertrand Russell

Michael Ruse on On Purpose

Can we live without the idea of purpose? Should we even try to? Kant thought we were stuck with purpose, and even Darwin’s theory of natural …

Philosophy

The 7 (Dangerous) Signs That You’re Onto Something Big

“<i>I actually think that 1984 came to pass. Orwell’s writing about a totalitarian state, and that part isn’t the case. But the notion that you might</i> …

German Philosophy

‘Surfing With Sartre,’ by Aaron James

“I know I speak for surfers everywhere,” Aaron James writes, “in saying that the act of surfing a wave has no equal, in aquatic sports, solo sports, action sports, and maybe any sports whatever. Surfing is the zenith of all human endeavors.<p>“The towering, reeling deep blue/green wall, with the …

German Philosophy

REX on being castrated: ‘I’m fully intact’ -- TRUMP speaking at Heritage Tues. – POTUS's critique of PETER BAKER story -- GRIMM’s legal debt disappears -- WaPo’s big DEA story -- SUNDAY BEST -- B’DAY: Jon Allen

Driving the Day<p><b>Happy Sunday. TWO LINES WE WON’T FORGET</b> on <b>CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION”</b> with <b>JAKE TAPPER -- TAPPER:</b> “You don’t want to say anything about the senator suggesting you were gelded?” <b>SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON:</b> “I checked. I’m fully intact.”<p><b>-- PLAYBOOK DICTIONARY:</b> Gelded means castrated.<p>…

Donald Trump

Preparing to Die

Death is a journey into the unknown, but like any journey it goes better if you’re prepared. Andrew Holecek offers meditations and teachings from the …

Mindfulness

Interview with Tamara McCleary

<b>Key Topics:</b> AI, Robotics, AR, VR, IoT, Digital Transformation, Disruptive Innovation <b><br>Location:</b> Colorado, USA<p><b>Bio:</b> Tamara McCleary is the CEO of …

Artificial Intelligence