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7 Existential Life Lessons in Woody Allen's Irrational Man

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Skye Cleary

Could you murder, if it was for a good cause? Woody Allen's movie Irrational Man toys with this question, and whether murder can be justified on existential grounds.

New York Cocktail Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.20.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

On Saturday July 18 the best cocktail bars in the world were judged at the Tales of the Cocktail Annual Spirited Awards in New Orleans. New York City was well represented. The Dead Rabbit took home awards for the World's Best Cocktail Bar and Menu.

Albert Vs. Jean-Paul: Why Camus Was Not an Existentialist

Greg J. Stone | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts
Greg J. Stone

When Johnny Depp raises a wry eyebrow on screen, it's an "existential performance." When Donald Rumsfeld spoke of "unknown unknowns," it was existential poetry. Though many politicians and entertainers welcome the label, now applied so loosely, Camus certainly did not.

Illustrious Lives: The Blind Resistance Fighter, Sartre's Fellow Traveler, and the Coup That Ushered in the Terror

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Jérôme Garcin has completed his heroic trilogy. Twenty years ago he gave us Pour Jean Prévost. In 2013, Bleus horizons resurrected poet Jean de La Ville de Mirmont, who was killed at age 28 during the first months of the First World War.

Why Read Heidegger?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

On the initiative of the Bibliothèque National de France, the review La Règle du Jeu, and two young philosophers, Joseph Cohen and Raphaël Zagury-Orly, a major symposium was held last week on the subject of Heidegger and "the Jews." Over the discussions hung the appearance of Heidegger's famous "Black Notebooks," in which his anti-Semitism shows its face plainly.

J'aime Paris et l'Europe

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Brent Budowsky

As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.

How Netanyahu's Policies Are Fueling Anti-Semitism

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is one thing to travel to France and demonstrate solidarity with the French people after the horrific execution of 12 journalists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo; it is an entirely different matter to use the occasion to call on French Jews to immigrate to Israel to avoid anti-Semitism and "live secure and peaceful lives."

These Photos of Shelter Dogs as Famous Authors Are Awesome

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

I'm an English major, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and big fan of animal rescue, so my heart did cartwheels when I heard about "Poetic Dogs."

France's Prime Minister Knows What's in a Name

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This is not the first time that Manuel Valls has proposed changing the name of the French Socialist Party. That he has returned to the subject from the vantage point of his present position -- which is, like it or not, the head of the majority -- obviously gives his suggestion new weight.

The End of the '60s? Where Do I Begin...

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

It was winter, 1971, my last semester as a philosophy major at Bucknell University. Studying Plato, Kant, Sartre and company had been invaluable for its own sake; that it had taught me to think critically and act decisively was a bonus.

First Nighter: 'Bauer' Is Marvelously Artistic About Art

David Finkle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In the history of art, the importance of patrons has rarely been underestimated. The egregious result of Solomon Guggenheim's support for Rudolf Bauer is one of the most disturbing instances. In Bauer, it receives superlative treatment.

Questions on Dramatic Monologue

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Let's hypothesize a theater of solitude: a single character grappling with his own interminable discourse -- at intervals whispered and shouted; prosaic one moment, poetic or even epic the next. What is the status, in that case, of this voice that speaks nonstop?

Why Buddhist Meditation Can't Solve All Our Problems

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Our muddling is forever constant because the human condition is a predicament to be continually managed, not a problem to be fixed or solved.

Connecting Through Eye Contact

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Amodeo, PhD

Eye contact, along with the connection it may bring, can become a kind of mindfulness practice. We can notice what we're experiencing in our stomach or heart as we gaze into our lover's magical eyes. Maybe there's a delightful sense of warmth and expansiveness, or a fear of losing ourselves.

Liberty, Equality, and -- Especially -- Fraternity

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In this time of provocative and suggestive "quenelles" and bananas hurled at government officials, of rancid hatred and incendiary clamor, of generalized resentment and vindictive rivalries, we have forgotten a word that badly needs reinventing. That word is fraternity.

Terrence McNally's Valentine to The Pearl Theater Company

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.30.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Onstage backstage, at the Pearl Theater's production of "And Away We Go," six actors celebrate theater history. Set in the detritus of years of costum...

Telling the Difference Between the Church and Hell

Michael Pettinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

I'm not fond of the words "conservative" and "liberal," particularly when they're used to describe Catholics. Being Catholic, after all, means being part of the Body of Christ.

Camus at 100

Ronald Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Ronald Aronson

Young and old, we can also be inspired by his sheer political courage. The two strengths came together in his brave but futile campaign to end attacks on civilians during the Algerian War, which he hoped would reduce suffering and might lead to dialogue.

Tech Leave You Cold? Major in Philosophy!

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Sigman

If I had to choose one word to explain why I chose philosophy as my college major, that word would be "Nausea." I'm talking, of course, about Nausea,...

You Are Responsible For Nothing

Peter Rollins | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

What might we do differently if we were to fully embrace our responsibility and make decisions in the full knowledge that there are no guarantees and no way of going in every direction we would like?

What Really Happens During A 10-Day Yoga Retreat

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 05.15.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

A 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat with Noble Silence, 4 a.m. starts and 10 hours of meditation daily was never going to be easy, but combining it with communal living and random explosions probably made it even harder.

Choose Your Favorite Philosopher

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 04.30.2013 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Aristotle: This ancient Greek philosopher argued for the primacy of rational thought over animal instincts, and moderation over hedonism. Ideal for: Drivers who slow at yellow lights.

Pasolini at 90 at MoMA

Norman MacAfee | Posted 12.13.2012 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Pasolini became world renowned in 1964 with the opening of his film about Jesus: The Gospel According to Matthew. It was reviewed in Life magazine, at that time America's major weekly picture magazine.

Claude Lanzmann's Memoir - 'The Patagonian Hare'

Michael Roth | Posted 04.30.2012 | College
Michael Roth

The Patagonian Hare is full of Lanzmann's cloying self-regard, but we accept it for the single reason that he created Shoah, his 1985 documentary about the Nazi war against the Jews, one of the masterworks of cinema.

Laura Paull

When Is The Past Not The Past? In The Hands Of 'Shoah' Director Claude Lanzmann

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Paull | Posted 03.16.2012 | Fifty

The past, the past, le passé. Past perfect, past imperfect, passé composé...The past weighs heavy on 87-year-old Claude Lanzmann, director of the i...