2021-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Through a Glass, Darkly: The Struggle of Perfecting Humanity

Preview: /Review: Jennifer A. Herdt, Forming Humanity: Redeeming the German Bildung Tradition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019), 312 pages./ Jennifer A. Herdt’s book Forming Humanity: Redeeming the German Bildung Tradition (hereafter FH) traces the post-Kantian secularization of Bildung from its roots in Pietism through its development into the human autocracy…

2021-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Situating Narrative and Systematic Accounts of Wisdom

Preview: /Review: Steven Collins, Wisdom as a Way of Life: Theravāda Buddhism Reimagined (Columbia University Press, 2020), 304 pages./ Steven Collins was in the process of finalizing his manuscript and final academic work on Buddhism when he passed away unexpectedly at the age of sixty-six in February 2018. Although unfinished, the…

2021-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Frost and Snow

Abstract: Why awaken the soul to justice if the only result can be to increase awareness of the futility of aspiring to justice in the world? Zwicky documents challenges to the belief that teaching philosophy will result in a fairer polity and suggests that perception of being’s integrity sustains pursuit of philosophy as a way of…

2021-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
For the Love of Wisdom

Preview: “America does not think much of its philosophers,” Douglas Anderson writes in his introduction to Philosophy Americana. “We do not teach philosophy in our high schools. A majority in America have no idea what philosophy is about or why it might be interesting, if not important.” Perhaps that lack of appreciation for…

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…