Category Archives: empathy

Kind or Clever: Rorty’s Synthesis, Itsuki’s Eyes and Voice

Richard Rorty, the noted American philosopher, took part in a Dutch television series titled “Of Beauty and Consolation.”  In an hour-long interview he revealed various autobiographical details and went far beyond the technical matters which so engulf academics these days. … Continue reading

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Hot Dogs in a World on Fire

The following text is a reply to the rebuttal by Otwarte Klatki (“Open Cages”) of my original critique (“Hot Dogs of Dissent”) of this Polish organization’s recent campaign and solidifying ideological orientation. It responds directly to the particular sub-sections of … Continue reading

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Origins

Cain did not kill Abel. But he was indeed the precursor of fratricide. The boar cubs he pursued and killed, and into whose warm flesh and bones his unsuited teeth sank, were his kin and close neighbors. Their mother he … Continue reading

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Of Fences and Agony

Save perhaps for those who cut it, and maybe the occasional cat, no one sets foot on this grass lawn.  Ten years ago you could come here to leave the noise of lawnmowers, cars, and crowds behind.  Now it’s a place defined by … Continue reading

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2014 (Sept 2-6) Leipzig Degrowth Conference—Some Animalist Remarks

A 2,500-strong conference with vegan catering sounded promising. And indeed, on many points, it did deliver. Diversity, color, animated surroundings—these were all there at the downtown location where the events to come took place. I’d been hoping that with degrowth’s … Continue reading

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To Be Mindless

To be mindless can mean widely divergent things: either to be être-en-soi, being in itself, like a stone that perfectly coincides with itself and thus is devoid of subjectivity and concern; or to be a sentient creature so proficient at a certain … Continue reading

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Old Demons Rear their Ugly Heads: Some Reflections on Thoughts from Hsiung and Stallwood

The Animalist Movement is undergoing some changes these days. A sense of freshness ought to fill the air, then. Instead, we witness the standard and ever-saddening erosion of some of the best of our ideas and a consequent free fall … Continue reading

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