Category Archive for "Philosophy"

You might be a problem

English is one of the world’s most successful languages, a pigeon to be sure, but one whose population of speakers extend to all corners of the globe. It is the world’s first second language, and this this near-universal adoption has…

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The Logic of Institution – In the Heart of the Sea

Institution serves as one of the central mechanisms of social life, and writers, self-selecting themselves to stand outside and to observe, feel this somewhat instinctively. Our institutions, economic or otherwise, frame all manner of interactions, and writers do well to…

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Heroes and their Discontents

The heroes’ journey is probably one the most well-known ideas in critical theory. A casual survey that I conducted among random strangers left me finding about one person in five to be familiar with the broad outlines of the thing. Our…

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It’s Just Semantics

No it isn’t. It’s never just semantics. All writing is about a meaning expressed; an intention delivered. Writing is an ultimatum, and a claim made on nature. Every piece of writing ever created asserts the shape of reality on the…

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The Black Swan

Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher, once said that, “I secretly think reality exists so that we can speculate about it.” And it has a strange way of aligning itself with our expectations and assumptions—especially the unspoken ones. Because of this ideological…

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