Home and Homelessness in Punk Rock

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“A place to live, a place to own, a place to sleep, a place called home.” –Sacripolitical, Meaning of Life1 Introduction ..

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Meditations on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

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Long ago, I identified a cyclical pattern in my moods. Feelings of sadness and despair, which are attached to no particular set of external ..

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Cynics

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Cynicism, like nihilism, has a bad name in the poplar mind. It is generally thought that cynics are negative, distrustful, and see only ..

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The Philosophy of Humor Yearbook

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I’ve agreed to serve as associate editor for a new journal called the Philosophy of Humor Yearbook, the first issue or which is scheduled ..

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The Sublimity of The Forbidden City and The Great Wall

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  As we disembarked the plane in Beijing, I got my first indication of how hot it was going to be during our three week stay in China. ..

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The Talmud Is Finally Now Available Online

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In South Korea, where I live, the Talmud is a bestseller. Just a few years ago the New Yorker‘s Ross Armud reported on the improbable ..

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Welcome to Beijing, China.

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The word “monumental” sums up my impression of China. From the Great Wall to The Forbidden City; from The Summer Palace to The Temple ..

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13 Reasons Why

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After watching the first season of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why I feel emotionally exhausted, with no sense of catharsis or resolution; ..

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The Politics of Cultural Despair

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Fritz Stern’s The Politics of Cultural Despair is a study that attempts to understand Nazism as a product of Germany’s unique ..

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Cinematic Nihilism now on Edinburgh Scholarship Online

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My book, Cinematic Nihilism: Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings, is now available on Edinburgh Scholarship Online. Edinburgh Scholarship ..

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The Fear of Nothingness in the West

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I’ve started work on a paper, “The Fear of Nothingness in the West,” that will be part of a forthcoming collection titled ..

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The Affirmation of Life

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Bernard Reginster’s book The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism is an ambitious and thorough work. It proposes ..

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Good Price on Cinematic Nihilism

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In case anyone is interested, Amazon is selling brand new hardcover editions of Cinematic Nihilism for $34; a huge discount off of the original ..

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Antifa

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A statue of George Washington, leaning on the fasces. Fascism has never been absent from the US, but today it is enjoying a vogue that especially ..

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The Madness Continues

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Brendon Lemon is a stand-up comedian from Chicago who hosts a podcast called The Madness Continues. On the latest episode I talk with him about ..

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Subversive

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“Subversive is a book of interviews with fifty-two of the most radical people in the world.” I’m honored to be one of those ..

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APA Blog Post

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I have written a guest blog post for the American Philosophical Association’s website detailing the arguments from my book Cinematic ..

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An Animated Introduction to Michel de Montaigne

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Considered the first great humanist essayist, Michel de Montaigne was also the first to use the word “essay” for the casual, ..

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The Page 99 Test

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Ford Madox Ford wrote, “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.” The website, ..

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A New Semester

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The Fall 2017 semester has begun at College of Marin. After a summer of relative leisure, I’m finding myself falling into some recognizable ..

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On the Power of Teaching Philosophy in Prisons

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Philosophy is often seen as an arcane academic discipline, in competition with the hard sciences or laden with abstruse concepts and language ..

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