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Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Katya Lebedev

Truth is necessarily related to responsibility, that is to say that, when one proclaims a fact to be true, one takes a certain amount of responsibility for the statement. Particularly if the proclamation was made in a dispute and the only resolution in sight depends on the outcome of a game of tug-of-war between the…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Katya Lebedev Posted on 30 September 2011 | 5:40 pm

Thinking Challenge Submission-Katya Lebedev

Posted on 30 September 2011 | 4:59 pm

Truth as Value- Soli Shin

Is it “truer,” is it more valuable because one struggles to conceal it? – Roland Barthes, Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure In 1978, Roland Barthes gave a lecture about the synthesis of the reader and the protagonist, focusing on the ways in which subjective identification is crucial in the reading process.  Barthes…Read more Truth as Value- Soli Shin Posted on 30 September 2011 | 4:13 pm

Truth in the Public Sphere-Opinions and Their Space- Simon Staelens

How are we to understand Hannah Arendt’s repeated statement that politics require an independent and prior discourse of truth-telling? How can we understand the disturbing phenomenon in contemporary politics, consisting in the presentation of factual truths as being ‘mere opinions’ – the blurring (if not disappearance) of the dividing line between truths and opinions? In…Read more Truth in the Public Sphere-Opinions and Their Space- Simon Staelens Posted on 30 September 2011 | 3:50 pm

We Disappear Behind Our Image…

In his essay “Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard: Pedagogy in the Consumer Society” Trevor Norris offers a compelling critique of how these two distinct thinkers approach the question of consumption.  His analysis reveals some important affinities between the unlikely pair.  While post-modern readings of Arendt often disappoint, Norris succeeds in using Baudrillard’s work to augment…Read more We Disappear Behind Our Image… Posted on 30 September 2011 | 12:24 pm

Thinking Challenge Submission-Anthony Wells

There is to be met with in philosophy enough uncertainty and dispute about what constitutes a ‘truth’ that one could be excused for not troubling himself much over the everyman’s definition of the thing. And if one adds the consideration that, in human affairs at any rate, man usually prefers a handsome lie to a…Read more Thinking Challenge Submission-Anthony Wells Posted on 29 September 2011 | 4:30 pm

Juries on Trial

Richard A. Oppel Jr.’s lead story in Monday, September 26th’s  NY Times offers the latest twist on the longstanding and seemingly intractable decline of the American jury trial. The statistics are glaring and the facts are beyond dispute. Jury trials are disappearing at an incredible rate. Here are just some facts: •”By one count, fewer…Read more Juries on Trial Posted on 29 September 2011 | 1:54 pm

Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Perceptions vs. Realities of Remembrances-Veronique Whittaker

On a weekday morning of last week, while listening to National Public Radio, I first encountered the notion of Dignity Therapy. The concept is used by psychiatrists and seeks to soothe those who are dying, to aid them in coping with the realities of their impending death.  The therapy consists of individuals writing the story…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Perceptions vs. Realities of Remembrances-Veronique Whittaker Posted on 28 September 2011 | 1:51 pm

Prosthetic Gods: Finance and the Future

The new issue of Lapham’s Quarterly is out and one of the highlights is “Buying Tomorrow”, by Jennifer Szalai. Amidst a tour de force rehearsal of the history of risk and speculation, Szalai writes of the parade of speculative-driven crises over the past three decades. The 2007 crisis was neither unexpected nor unpredictable—in spite of…Read more Prosthetic Gods: Finance and the Future Posted on 27 September 2011 | 3:14 pm

Thinking Challenge Excerpt-The Voiceless Generation – Emily M. Pascual

The hard reality is that our generation as a whole is under informed and over complacent. The system may be flawed, but the only way to bring about significant change is to engage ourselves in the democratic process. Our generation seems more celebrity obsessed and needs to realize the effects of choosing apathy over engagement,…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-The Voiceless Generation – Emily M. Pascual Posted on 27 September 2011 | 12:23 pm