The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

The evidence that human life is better now than ever before is overwhelming. We know of course, that everything is not awesome. Nor does Pinker claim it is. Still, a book like Enlightenment Now has to face up to the corollary waiting at the summit of all its data: why then, aren’t we happy? Continue reading The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

XXXTentacion: Should we mourn the death of a bad person? | Erica Schumener

The musician Jidenna’s tweets about Onfroy’s death contain the skeleton of an interesting philosophical argument. I have not seen this argument arise in the philosophy classroom. Responding to others, Jidenna claimed, “…remember this…if Malcolm X was killed at the age of 20, he would have died an abuser, a thief, an addict, and a narrow-minded depressed & violent criminal.” Continue reading XXXTentacion: Should we mourn the death of a bad person? | Erica Schumener

A Case of the Deadlock of Political Correctness | Slavoj Žižek

From the girls’ standpoint, what happened was a clear-cut case of male-chauvinist harassment, “objectivizing” women as sexual prey, while from the workers’ standpoint, their exclusion was a no less clear-cut case of maintaining a class distinction, of protecting the white middle class from the contact with ordinary workers. Continue reading A Case of the Deadlock of Political Correctness | Slavoj Žižek

Clinical Encounters with the Entrepreneurial Self | Katie Jenness

I find it poignant how many students ask me if I could help them develop skills in meditation and mindfulness. For some students such practices seem to help them break out of the tension-filled cult of hyperproductivity they previously seemed caught in. But more often such practices—which ostensibly enhance our ability to simply be rather than always having to do—simply become conscripted to the neoliberal agenda, turning into self-improvement strategies that must be frantically and diligently perfected. Continue reading Clinical Encounters with the Entrepreneurial Self | Katie Jenness