Tag: Culture


Mythos, Wisdom, and Scavenger Philosophy

According to Karl Jaspers, philosophy arose in the โ€œAxial Ageโ€ as a kind of critical reflection on myth and tradition. Nowadays, there is widespread agreement among historians of ideas that the notion of an โ€œAxial Ageโ€ is itself a myth, but I think that the other part of Jaspersโ€™ idea is right, that is, philosophy indeed originates in critical reflection on myth and tradition. This doesnโ€™t mean that this defines the scope and purpose of philosophy, of course โ€“ as a โ€œmatureโ€ discipline, philosophy mostly reflects on itself โ€“ but I believe that reflection on this idea about the origins...
PhilosophySocial Issues

A Right to Hate?

In August, French blogger Pauline Harmange published a booklet titled Moi les hommes, je les dรฉteste (Me, men, I loathe them), which caused quite a stir in France (and a little bit outside France as well). The book โ€“ supposedly โ€“ is a protest against misogyny (hatred of women), by taking up the opposite point of view of misandry (hatred of men). โ€œSupposedlyโ€, because Iโ€™m not sure exactly about the bookโ€™s arguments as it is no longer available and I have thus been unable to read it. In any case, it is not this book itself that is the topic...
Social Issues

Death, Masculinity, and Hegemony

โ€œAt the center of the symbolic order is the abhorrence of death,โ€ writes Odile Strik in the conclusion of her short essay The Symbolic Order of Life and Manhood. The โ€œsymbolic orderโ€ of the title connects death and masculinity, and (supposedly) structures the way most people understand reality. The essay is terse and almost poetic, and only presents a rough sketch of this symbolic order, but it deals with a number of important themes โ€“ such as masculinity, life and death, and cultural hegemony โ€“ and it deserves credit for bringing those themes together. This article is a (long) commentary...