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David Conway: Nationalism and Liberalism: Friends or Foes?

David Conway: Nationalism and Liberalism: Friends or Foes?

Extract. From Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 16, no. 1 During the course of the twentieth century, eruptions of nationalist ardour and aspiration have resulted in great hardship and depredations being visited on various peoples…

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Italo Calvino: Why Read the Classics?

Italo Calvino: Why Read the Classics?

Translated by Patrick Creagh,  New York Review of Books, October 9, 1986 Let us begin with a few suggested definitions. 1) The classics are the books of which we usually hear people say: “I am…

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Alan Johnson: Pascal Bruckner and the Tyranny of Guilt

Alan Johnson: Pascal Bruckner and the Tyranny of Guilt

World Affairs, 20 January 2012 An eternal movement: critical thought, at first subversive, turns against itself and becomes a new conformism, but one that is sanctified by the memory of its former rebellion. Yesterday’s audacity…

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Felix Philipp Ingold: Friendship in the time of terror

Felix Philipp Ingold: Friendship in the time of terror

Nadezhda Mandelstam’s unique personal tribute to poet Anna Akhmatova. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1/3/2012. Although the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966) never received the highest literary honour, the Nobel Prize, the veneration she enjoyed during her…

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Wittgenstein, Philosophy and Photography

Wittgenstein, Philosophy and Photography

Atrium Gallery, London School of Economics, 28th May-29th June Prospect, 2nd June 2012 In contrast to the image of the armchair-bound philosopher holed up in his study, Ludwig Wittgenstein was, at various points in his…

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Anson Rabinbach, The Good European: On Jürgen Habermas

Anson Rabinbach, The Good European: On Jürgen Habermas

Anson Rabinbach teaches modern European history at Princeton University and co-edits New German Critique. This article appeared in the July 30-August 6, 2012 edition of The Nation. What does the protracted financial crisis reveal about…