Monthly Archives: June 2017

(Wicked) Radical Affects (Spinoza)

“Everyone knows how it goes–a disgust with the present, a craving to make fundamental changes, uncontrolled anger, a scorn for poverty–these affects lead men to wickedness.” (Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise, Chapter XVII) (thank you, Julie Klein for posting this on FB)

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(Reckless Mind) Philosophers & Politics (Mark Lilla)

The distinctly unkind pleasure reading through Mark Lilla’s The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics belongs to liberal skeptics who would concur with Lilla that the combination of philosophy and politics would seem, at least in the twentieth century, to be … Continue reading

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The Murder of Philando Castile & Teaching Cops To Kill (Dave Grossman)

In the wake of the murder of Philando Castile, who did nothing but obey the law, I asked over at Aryeh Cohen’s wall on FB about police training. This article from the Washington Post was posted there about Dave Grossman … Continue reading

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Bright Light on Hudson River (Deleuze)

“Qualities and extensities, forms and matters, species and parts are not primary; they are imprisoned in individuals as though in a crystal, Moreover, the entire world may be read, as though in a crystal ball, in the moving depth of … Continue reading

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(Shipwrecked Minds) Religion & Political Reaction (Mark Lilla)

Not a knockout intellectual blow, Mark Lilla’s The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction packs a tough little liberal punch nevertheless. But to what effect? Meant for a broad readership, The Shipwrecked Mind appeared in 2016 as a New York Review … Continue reading

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(Art of Empire) Porous Fired Bodies (Qin and Han)

For all its close attention on the afterlife, the art in Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220) reflects pure state power, without an iota of religion and religious apologetic. Five of the … Continue reading

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Loose Texture and Bovine Sympathy (Isaiah Berlin)

I picked a fight on FB with Jewish philosophy friends, something having to do, I asked, with why so many of them devote themselves with such gusto to historical relics, moral creeps, and political reactionaries. It should be said that … Continue reading

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