Monthly Archives: March 2014

Isaiah Berlin and the Policeman

  It’s become in my mind like Nietzsche and the horse. It’s Isaiah Berlin and the policeman. With Isaiah the startling event took place in childhood, not on the threshhold of extinction, and it happened to an utterly different kind … Continue reading

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On a Film by Bela Tarr

Nietzsche sounded as if he would have a walk-on part in The Turin Horse (2011) by the Hungarian director Bela Tarr but this slow-mover is a mediation on more than that famous moment in a Turin street when Nietzsche about … Continue reading

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The Enlightenment and its Misfortunes

The Enlightenment is both a concept in the history of philosophy and a historical period in the foundation of Western modernity. It has many versions and several nationalities. What follows is one interpretation and in a sense one moral intervention, … Continue reading

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