Archive for philosophy

On the Danger of Totalitarianism

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 20 October 2013 by delclem

The Nexus Institute invited the speakers of the Nexus Conference How to Change the World to grant them a short interview. All speakers accepted and shared their valuable insights; one of them was the renowned Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller (c) THE NEXUS INSTITUTE / youtube 2013


Ludwig Wittgenstein & ‘Fuzzy’ Photography

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 11 September 2013 by delclem

“For the unsentimentally cerebral Wittgenstein, a photograph is not a memorial, but a ‘probability’. The philosopher’s archive at the University of Cambridge includes the photograph above, a true ‘probability’ in that it does not represent any one person but is a composite image of his face and the faces of his three sisters, made in collaboration with the ‘founding father of eugenics,’ Francis Galton.” (Well, I don’t buy the latter, since Galton dies in 1911…) >full text (c) OPEN CULTURE, 2013


‘Banality of Evil’ Revisited

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 20 August 2013 by delclem

Hannah Arendt employed this memorable phrase in both the subtitle and closing words of Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, her book on the trial of Nazi lieutenant-colonel Adolf Eichmann. To Arendt’s mind, Eichmann willingly did his part to organize the Holocaust — and an instrumental part it was — out of neither anti-semitism nor pure malice, but out of a non-ideological, entirely more prosaic combination of careerism and obedience. Readers have argued ever since its publication about this characterization, and those with a special interest in how Arendt arrived there can find in the New Yorker‘s online archives the original series of “Eichmann in Jerusalem” articles out of which the book grew.”>full text
(c) OPEN CULTURE, 2013

Wittgenstein – The Duty of Genius

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 17 July 2013 by delclem

VR_13_5_p7_cover_duty-of-genius“Assessing the life of a philosopher may be a writer’s greatest challenge – with few individuals do the spiritual and emotional realms play such a prominent role in moulding professional consequences. With that in mind, author Ray Monk sets off on a very specific quest in Ludwig Wittgenstein: Duty of Genius – to draw, where countless others have failed, an unbroken line between the work of the philosopher and the man himself.” >review (c) VIENNA REVIEW, 2013



Impact of the Frankfurt School

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 17 April 2013 by delclem

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Dated and overrated? “In the 1960s, the Frankfurt School’s argument – that most of culture helps to keep its audience compliant with capitalism – had an explosive impact. Arguably, it remains influential today.” >text/ audio (c) BBC RADIO 4, 2013

The “Banality of Evil” & Philosophy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 24 January 2013 by delclem

The new German film by Margarethe Trotta on the German American philosopher Hanna Arendt & the Holocuast organizer Adolf Eichmann is out. And Arendt’s original articles on the “Banality of Evil” are avialable in the New Yorker archive >text (c) OPEN CULTURE / FILM,HISTORY 2013

Wittgenstein in Ireland

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 21 October 2012 by delclem

The late Austrian British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein spent the
last years of his life partly in Ireland.  >chronicle   >article