We are all existentialists now

By Kevin Aho

If we thought “the existentialist” was a moribund relic of mid-twentieth century France who, in a black sweater, black pants, and a cigarette, populated the cafes of the boulevard St. Germain in Paris, then the coronavirus has shattered this caricature. Amidst the pandemic, we are all existentialists … Read More

Whose conspiracy theory is true?

Calling something a ‘conspiracy theory’ is a way to dismiss it as untrue. The term immediately calls to mind tin foil hats and UFOs. 

But this is unfair—history is full of examples of outlandish conspiracies that turned out to be real. Take the famous Zinoviev Letter. In 1924, four days … Read More

Don’t Ignore Conspiracy Theories

By Quassim Cassam

How can you not be a conspiracy theorist? It is a fact that people sometimes conspire and history books are full of stories of conspiracies by politicians and others. If you believe these obvious truths, doesn’t that make you a conspiracy theorist? Not exactly. The conspiracy theories … Read More

What Is Epistemology?


by Stephen Hetherington

What is epistemology? It’s about knowledge – but in a special way. It’s about the very idea of knowing. It doesn’t assume that whatever people accept as being knowledge, for instance, is knowledge. Perhaps most people haven’t thought enough about knowledge’s nature. Perhaps different people would describe … Read More

Canguilhem

By Stuart Elden

On Valentine’s day 1966, Louis Althusser wrote to his translator and lover Franca Madonia, mentioning that he had met up with Georges Canguilhem, his former teacher. Canguilhem was described by Althusser as “one of our old masters, a fierce man, angry, shy and violent, who convinced himself, … Read More

The Joy of Missing Out

by Svend Brinkmann , author of The Joy of Missing Out

We live in a world full of choice and temptation, where we are constantly bombarded with invitations, in the broadest sense of the word, via everything from street advertising to social media. We are constantly invited to do something, … Read More

Žižek and the Paradoxical Privatization of… Communism

Terrible predictions…

In 1879, the magnificently named Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff MP met with a little known German journalist called Karl Marx.
According to Francis Wheen’s biography, Sir Mountstuart, in a letter he wrote shortly after the meeting, was of the opinion that, although Marx was a nice chap:… Read More

The Metaphysics of Climate Change

The task of philosophy today, according to Slavoj Žižek, is not to provide answers but rather to show how our perception of a problem is sometimes part of the problem itself.  If we look at the field of climate politics today, Žižek’s critique does appear relevant. This field of politics is … Read More