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

The Peace for our Time & The Art of the Deal | Swagat Baruah

In what has been a historic week for Trump, the liberals and the anti-Trump have been silent and of course, in some strands, blatantly ignorant. What Trump and Kim Jon-Un have achieved is indeed historic, given the two country’s rather accidental enmity which has now become a historic tryst. Continue reading The Peace for our Time & The Art of the Deal | Swagat Baruah

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