Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Whole Lot of Philosophy from Bookforum's Omnivore

From Bookforum's Omnivore blog, three recent collections of links on philosophy and critical theory. One of the highlights is a free download of Critical Theory and Social Justice, ed. Alessandro Pinzani and Milene Consenso Tonetto - unfortunately, only 4 or 5 of the articles are in English, the bulk of them are in Spanish.

The field of philosophy

MAR 27 2013

  • From The New York Times' The Stone blog, was Wittgenstein right? The man who insisted that Western philosophy was based in confusion and wishful thinking is not popular among philosophers — but he should not be dismissed (and a response). 
  • Walter D Mignolo on non-European thinkers and philosophers (and more). 
  • What is feminist philosophy? Nancy Bauer talks about what attracted her to the field of philosophy and what made her remain there. 
  • Virginia Held is the philosopher of care ethics which she thinks is a feminist ethics that preserves the persuasive aspects of kantian, utilitarian and virtue ethics but is better. 
  • James Diamond reviews The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience by Diana Lobel. 
  • Philosophy is literally the "love of wisdom" — but what does it mean to love, pursue, and possess wisdom? 
  • Tom Morris on the Philosopher King of Reality TV.

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The Frankfurt School and critical theory

APR 11 2013 

  • Claudio Corradetti (Oslo): The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
  • Caroline Kamau (Birkbeck): On Erich Fromm: Why He Left the Frankfurt School. 
  • Daniel Chernilo (Loughborough): Jurgen Habermas: Modern Social Theory as Postmetaphysical Natural Law. 
  • Kevin Anderson (UCSB): Resistance versus Emancipation: Foucault, Marcuse, Marx, and the Present Moment. 
  • From Ceasefire, in the first instalment of a new eight-part series, Andrew Robinson introduces Walter Benjamin and Critical Theory. 
  • From The Guardian’s How To Believe blog series, Peter Thompson on the Frankfurt school (part 1 and part 2 and part 3). 
  • Piotr Stalmaszczyk reviews Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction by Finn Bowring. 
  • Peg Birmingham reviews Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations
  • Jade Montserrat reviews Adorno Reframed by Geoffrey Boucher. 
  • You can download Critical Theory and Social Justice, ed. Alessandro Pinzani and Milene Consenso Tonetto.

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Big thinking in philosophy

APR 19 2013 

  • From The Philosophers Magazine, Hilary Lawson on going back to big thinking in philosophy; and captive audience: Alan Smith on the highs and lows of teaching philosophy in prison. 
  • Is there any connection between philosophy and running? Mark Rowlands, who began running to exercise his pet wolf, thinks there is. 
  • Dead philosophers are cool: Paula Cerni reviews Philosophy Bites Back by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. 
  • Justin E. H. Smith on Immanuel Kant and his man-servant Lampe. 
  • Colin McGinn has no time for interviews because he’s too busy writing his books, practicing his backhand and doing the philosophical stuff. 
  • Jay Jeffers on philosophy as conceptual border patrol
  • A year of Praxis: Steven Mazie on what philosophy teaches us about politics, rationality and the pursuit of happiness. 
  • Michael Pereira reviews Philosophy in Children’s Literature
  • If you’re not that familiar with PhiLOLZophy, here’s a description.

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