Civil Disobedience

Written by William E Scheuerman

Why a new book on civil disobedience? Many impressive intellectuals –just to mention a few of the most famous: Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, and John Rawls– have already written extensively on the topic. What more could one possibly say about something that so preoccupied Mahatma … Read More

A new look at culture as such

Shakespeare is our contemporary. So is Aristotle, and El Greco, and Murasaki Shikibu, the Japanese court lady who, a bit more than a thousand years ago, wrote The Tale of Genji, considered by many to be the first psychological novel in the whole world. They are our contemporaries because what … Read More

Affinities

Why does a woman who discovers relatives she never knew she had, feel so moved when she recognises a family resemblance with them, and how is it that family resemblances can feel uncanny, or spooky, or even magical? What is happening when someone feels an affinity with a place, or … Read More