2020-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Lyotard’s Missing Face

Preview: /Review: Piotr Schollenberger, Jednostkowość i wydarzenie. Studia z estetyki Lyotarda (Warszawa: Semper, 2019), 283 pages./ Piotr Schollenberger’s book entitled Jednostkowość i wydarzenie. Studia z estetyki Lyotarda (Singularity and the Event. Studies in Lyotard’s Aesthetics) is a thorough and extensive – nearly 300-page – philosophical analysis of a number of topics selected from the vast, polyphonic…

2020-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Polish Philosophy of Culture Today: A Promising Route for Contemporary Philosophy

Preview: It has been my observation that Poland is unique for having a philosophy of culture tradition that has theoretical depth and insight into the origins and role of philosophy, popular breadth throughout Polish philosophy in a variety of departments, institutes and programs, and for its cultural relevancy. Yet, this tradition is…

2020-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
To Serve Man? Rod Serling and Effective Destining

Abstract: Popular culture is a vital part of the philosophy of culture. Immersion in the world of popular culture provides an immanent understanding, and after all, some of what is merely popular culture today will be the high culture of tomorrow. The genre of science fiction is one of the more important…

2020-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Revitalizing Bergson Within the Horizons of Race and Colonialism

Preview: /Review: Andrea J. Pitts and Mark William Westmoreland, eds. Beyond Bergson: Examining Race and Colonialism Through the Writings of Henri Bergson (New York: State University of New York Press, 2019), 255 pages./ Among Bergson’s contributions to philosophical and empirical investigations; such as those centered on freedom, memory, and evolution; exists…

2020-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
From Athens to Atlanta and Beyond: Reshaping Ourselves for a New World Through King’s Living Legacy

Preview: /Review: Tommy Shelby and Brandon M. Terry, eds. To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Cambridge, MA; London, England: Belknap Press, 2018), 463 pages./ To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Harvard professors Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry have…

2020-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Doomsday Argument Reconsidered

Abstract: In our current unstable world, nuclear warfare, climate crises, and techno nihilism are three perilous clouds hovering over an anxious humanity. In this article I examine our current state of affairs with regard to the imminent risk of nuclear holocaust, rapid climate emergencies destroying the planet, and the cultural and political…

Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Harry C. Boyte

PhD, is the Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, and is co-founding the Institute for Public Life and Work.  He founded and for 20 years directed the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He also…

2020-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
How to Move Beyond Rorty?

Preview: /Review: Randall Auxier, Eli Kramer, and Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński, eds. Rorty and Beyond (Lanham, Md, Lexington Books, 2019), 314 pages./ Richard Rorty (1931 – 2007) became a highly controversial figure, both within and without the ranks of academic philosophy upon publication of his 1979 book, Philosophy and the Mirror of…

2020-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Animal Polis, or, Why Ethics Cannot Rule Politics

Preview: /Review: Martha Nussbaum, The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019), 310 pages./ For decades Martha Nussbaum allied herself whole-heartedly with cosmopolitanism. No longer. She appealed at length to the righteousness of Stoic cosmopolitanism in past publications such as Cultivating Humanity in 1997. Now, according…

2020-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Agency in an AI Avalanche: Education for Citizen Empowerment

Preview: In this essay, drawing on the case of Australia in particular, we develop the argument of “schools for democracy” as part of communities that prioritize developing people’s civic agency for human flourishing. We begin with the concept of social capital – norms, values, and practices of trust and reciprocity essential to vibrant…