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What's It Like to Be a Table?

Francis Levy | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Phenomenologists like Husserl and Heidegger like to talk about intention. It's what separates inanimate objects from animate objects (and in particular those animate objects which possess so called consciousness).

Is Love an Art or a Craft?

Francis Levy | Posted 04.29.2015 | Home
Francis Levy

Could Sartre's existentialism and his obsession with nothingness have derived from the fact that when he was was a little boy, he frequently came home to an empty refrigerator?

Phenomenology in the Real World: From Default Thinking to Sensemaking

Max Benavidez | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Max Benavidez

By taking the holistic nature of cultural context and its relationship to emotional resonance regarding products and how and why we make decisions, Madsbjerg and Rasmussen developed what they call the sensemaking method.

Man Shot in Argument About Kant

Tony Phillips | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

Immanuel Kant, has in 250 years' time sparked many an argument. And just the other day he got a man shot. Kid you not.

Living Well, According To Some Of The Wisest People Who Ever Lived

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Since ancient times, philosophers have been preoccupied with the big questions: What does it mean to live a good life? What is happiness? Does human l...

Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt

Francis Levy | Posted 08.08.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

It is disconcerting how banal "the banality of evil" has become. It goes to show that even a profound idea can be overused to the extent that it becom...

Ben Marcus's "The Dark Arts"

Francis Levy | Posted 08.01.2013 | Home
Francis Levy

There is a brilliant moment in Ben Marcus New Yorker short story, "The Dark Arts." Julien the central character has come to Dusseldorf for treatment for a chronic and unspecified illness.

Artist as Ouroboros: James Franco's Gay Recycling in Berlin

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

It is all too apt that James Franco should dedicate, in the metropolis that made gender-bending an art form, his latest multimedia exhibition, Gay Town.

Dawkins, Dennett And Hitchens: The New Theists?

Peter Rollins | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

There is a form of atheism that is closer to the divine than the standard theism witnessed in the church. For wherever a concern of beauty, an embrace of life and a love of liberation are exhibited the sacred is proclaimed.

Is That All There Is? Subjectivity And My Stupid Computer

Dimitri Hamlin | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Dimitri Hamlin

There are different ways of experiencing things. I tend to focus more on what I conceive as the difference between things, instead of how the same things can be experienced in different ways.

The Meaning and the Rhetoric of Evil: Auschwitz and Bin Laden

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.27.2011 | Home
Robert D. Stolorow

Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.

Health Care Reform, Climate Change, and the Evasion of Our Mortality

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

Much of the right-wing rhetoric about health care reform -- focusing on such non-issues as socialism, government control, and higher taxes -- has been obscuring what health care reform is really about: our mortality!

The Question Concerning Digital Technology

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hugh McGuire

I'm not interested in technology per se, I am interested in the ways we might use it to make our lives richer and more meaningful.