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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”

Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap” | real utopias | Scoop.it
An inspiration for Spain’s May 15 movement, the sociologist is skeptical about chances for change
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Becoming more self-aware in the age of narcissism - The Independent

Becoming more self-aware in the age of narcissism - The Independent | real utopias | Scoop.it
The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates reportedly adopted the motto “Know thyself” to guide his search for a life of enlightenment and wisdom. This “commandment” has been passed on by various thinkers over time.
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What is ideology? - Thought Leader

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What is ideology? Thought Leader But if you are not in the habit of reading discourse-theorists and philosophers like Ian Parker, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan or Slavoj Žižek, you might want to watch one of the recent films in...
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Slavoj Žižek. The Reflection of Life in Hegel. 2009 14/16 - YouTube

http://www.egs.edu/ Slavoj Žižek discussing the problem of negation and self reflection of life in Hegel, the logic of desire, Lacans master signifier and th...
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Bertrand Russell - Face to Face Interview (BBC, 1959) - YouTube

Bertrand Russell (1872 -- 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. At various points in his life he considered...
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The Battle in Philosophy: Time, Substance, and the Void - Slavoj Zizek vs. Graham Harman

The Battle in Philosophy: Time, Substance, and the Void - Slavoj Zizek vs. Graham Harman | real utopias | Scoop.it
In my pursuit to understand poetry and philosophy in our time I've found that "time" is the key: there is a great battle that has up till now been perpetrated under the auspices of subtantialist ve...
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What is freedom today? Slavoj Žižek | Comment Is Free - YouTube

We might think so, but the philosopher argues that our apparent freedom is actually governed by a complex series of conditions. 

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Noam Chomsky and the public intellectual in turbulent times

Noam Chomsky and the public intellectual in turbulent times | real utopias | Scoop.it
by Henry A. Giroux Noam Chomsky is a world renowned academic best known not only for his pioneering work in linguistics but also for his ongoing work as a public intellectual in which he has addres...
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Slavoj Zizek - Cogito, Madness and Religion: Derrida, Foucault and then Lacan

The 'antagonism' of the Kantian notion of freedom (as the most concise expression of the antagonism of freedom in the bourgeois life itself) does not reside where Adorno locates it (the autonomously self-imposed law means that freedom coincides with self-enslavement and self-domination, that the Kantian "spontaneity" is in actu its opposite, utter self-control, thwarting of all spontaneous impetuses), but "much more on the surface": [1] for Kant as for Rousseau, the greatest moral good is to lead a fully autonomous life as a free rational agent, and the worst evil subjection to the will of another; however, Kant has to concede that man does not emerge as a free mature rational agent spontaneously, through his/her natural development, but only through the arduous process of maturation sustained by harsh discipline and education which cannot but be experienced by the subject as imposed on his/her freedom, as an external coercion:


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Where are we 25 years after 'the end of history'? - Aljazeera.com

Where are we 25 years after 'the end of history'? - Aljazeera.com | real utopias | Scoop.it


Srecko Horvat is a philosopher from Croatia. His latest books include "After the End of History.

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Slavoj Zizek "On Jacques Lacan" (Full Lecture) - YouTube

London 2011 (Slavoj Zizek on Yu-Gi-Oh! (yeah, you read it right) http://t.co/C0kII2TL52)
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Marcuse: Art as Liberation - Dissident Voice

Marcuse: Art as Liberation - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it


He was therefore able to draw upon the tradition of German Romantic humanism (e.g., Goethe, Schiller, early Marx), which had emerged in opposition to the bourgeois-utilitarian, capitalist worldview.

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Peter Singer explains why the world's leading thinkers are philosophers. - Project Syndicate

Peter Singer explains why the world's leading thinkers are philosophers. - Project Syndicate | real utopias | Scoop.it
With the proportion of students completing bachelor’s degrees in the humanities plummeting, there is growing talk of a crisis in these disciplines.
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Slavoj Zizek – The absolute recoil | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Slavoj Zizek – The absolute recoil | Backdoor Broadcasting Company | real utopias | Scoop.it

Hegel is the ultimate bête noire of the last two centuries of philosophy:proponents of Lebensphilosophie, existentialists from Kierkegaard onwards, materialists, historicists, analytic philosophers and empiricists, Marxists, traditional liberals, religious moralists, deconstructionists and Deleuzians, they alldefine themselves through different modalities of rejecting Hegel. But when enemies start to speak the same language, it is a reliable sign that something is eluding them all. So what if something happens in Hegel, a break-through into a unique dimension of thought which was obliterated, rendered invisible, by the so-called post-metaphysical thought? What if the ridiculous image of Hegel as the absurd “absolute idealist” who “pretended to know everything” is an exemplary case of what Freud called Deck-Erinnerung (screen-memory), a fantasy-formation destined to cover up a traumatic truth? The task of the symposium will be to unearth aspects of this traumatic truth.

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In the World Interior of Capital by Peter Sloterdijk – review - The Guardian

In the World Interior of Capital by Peter Sloterdijk – review - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

In 1862, only a few years after release from a Siberian prison camp,Dostoevsky travelled to London and found the capital of capitalism bewitched by a very different enclosure. He visited the site for the International Exhibition in South Kensington, meant to trump the Crystal Palace that dominated the same space in the previous decade, and may also have made the trip to Sydenham, in south-east London, where Joseph Paxton's original had been relocated.

 
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The Real Humanities Crisis

The Real Humanities Crisis | real utopias | Scoop.it
For those with humanistic and artistic life interests, our economic system has almost nothing to offer.
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Russell Brand, the question of revolution and why we need more than an abstract, grand narrative of social change

Russell Brand, the question of revolution and why we need more than an abstract, grand narrative of social change | real utopias | Scoop.it
Russell Brand, the question of revolution and why we need more than an abstract, grand narrative of social change
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Can Martha C. Nussbaum Help Save Our Embattled Democracy? - OpEdNews

Can Martha C. Nussbaum Help Save Our Embattled Democracy? - OpEdNews | real utopias | Scoop.it

Professor Nussbaum argues that love is necessary for social and political cohesiveness in liberal democracies such as the experiments in democratic governance in the United Statesand India. (Out of considerations of space, I am only going to highlight certain parts of her book here. In doing so, I will omit many of her specific examples, including all of her examples about India.)

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Living 'The Good Life': How Brown University Students Are Learning To Ask The ... - Huffington Post

Living 'The Good Life': How Brown University Students Are Learning To Ask The ... - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

"People are always chasing jobs, power, money, and trying to make themselves into better people. This happens even among students. How can we use philosophy not just as a subject of study, but something that enhances our lives and understanding of ourselves? That's what we're missing," says Irvine, who calls himself a "21st century Stoic," after the ancient Greek school of philosophy.

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