Two philosophers Slavoj Žižek, and Lewis R. Gordon write about one favourite thinker each who came to philosophy indirectly. For Žižek this is French Psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan; for Gordon, British American Philosopher of Science Peter Caws. What emerges from the unconventional juxtaposition of Gordon and Žižek's reflections on their favourite Philosophers' metaphilosophical attitudes is nothing… Continue reading “… for a living philosophy which [has] no final answers”
We Indians love to say 'India is like that only'. #popunation is a common cynical response to many systemic problems India faces. In this short extract from a longer essay entitled 'The Ideology of Overpopulation', Economist Utsa Patnaik masterfully exposes how ridiculously misguided the use of this hashtag is, and in so doing, allows us… Continue reading Inverting #popunation – Deploying the Concept of ‘Real’ Population
In 2015, American Philosopher Lewis Gordon published his important book ('What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought') on that underappreciated giant of 20th century thought, the revolutionary Martinique-born Psychiatrist-Philosopher Frantz Omar Fanon. In the following excerpt from the 'Foreword' to the book, Sociologist Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun reflects on the extraordinary significance of Fanon's… Continue reading Why Read Fanon?
As millions of struggling Indians thirst for the real change in fortunes that they have been promised by one government after another since 1991 (India's official year of economic liberalization) one political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party – literally the Indian People's Party – has seen its electoral fortunes steadily improve. This has happened in… Continue reading ‘A Special Purpose’: The Footsoldiers of the Right Wing
In 1996 Historian and Political Scientist Vijay Prashad wrote a fantastic paper titled “Emergency Assessments” in which he lambasted the barren "terrain of liberal thought”. Within liberal thought, he wrote, fascism (the mass mobilization of extreme chauvinistic nationalism) ”is seen as 'ahistorical', it arises for no apparent structural reason, is fought against gallantly and then… Continue reading Note for the Present: Tyranny vs. Fascism
I am thinking about a note I found on the corner of the internet by journalist Liu Zhiyi: “After using the toilet at 4am, I stuck my ear on the workshop corridor wall, and listened to the machines rumbling steadily from all four directions - this is the factory's heartbeat. The employees work, walk and… Continue reading Understanding Capitalism: Don’t Take It On Faith
In a September 2003 article in the New York Times titled “What does the Pentagon see in 'Battle of Algiers'?”, Michael Kaufman wrote: “challenged by terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare in Iraq, the Pentagon held a screening of [the film]” ... “As the flier inviting guests to the Pentagon screening declared: "How to win a… Continue reading Why everyone should watch ‘The Battle of Algiers’