Crazy French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, author of The Gulf War Did Not Take Place and Simulcra and Simulation, has died. Or is his death merely a hyperreal simulacra of an event whose perception has become so divorced from its referent that the referent ceases to exist at all?
Subjects: philosophy, news
Woody Allen on Nietsche’s diet book
There’s nothing like the discovery of an unknown work by a great thinker to set the intellectual community atwitter and cause academics to dart about like those things one sees when looking at a drop of water under a microscope. On a recent trip to Heidelberg to procure some rare […]
The X-Philes - Philosophy meets the real world. By Jon Lackman
‘American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville,’ by Bernard-Henri Lévy - The New York Times Book Review - New York Times
Any American with a big urge to write a book explaining France to the French should read this book first, to get a sense of the hazards involved. Bernard-Henri Lévy is a French […]
Bernard-Henri Lévy’s American Vertigo - If only he’d taken on the culture war. By Franklin Foer and Alan Wolfe
What does a French philospher have to tell us about America?
Subjects: politics, philosophy
Quoth Richard Rorty:
The principal vice of the community of analytic philosophers is that its members do not read much outside of analytic philosophy. Graduate study in philosophy in most American philosophy departments is largely a matter of going over the publications of the last ten or twenty years in order to get the background necessary […]