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HOW I WRITE (1951)

april 1, 2013

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Bertrand Russel I cannot pretend to know how writing ought to be done, or what a wise critic would advise me to do with a view to improving my own writing. The most that I can do is to relate some things about my own attempts. Until I was twenty-one, I wished to write more […]

Norman Finkelstein ~ forensic scholar

februari 15, 2013

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Would you describe yourself as a deconstructionist? – No, because those terms are so stupid, they don’t mean anything. I am a forensic scholar. I treat books as a kind of criminal act. I try to solve the crime.

Claude Lanzmann and the making of “Shoah.”

augusti 19, 2012

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BOOKS WITNESS by Richard BrodyMARCH 19, 2012 When “Shoah” was released, in 1985, it was instantly historic. The nine-and-a-half-hour film about the German death camps in Poland is composed mainly of interviews with Jews who survived them, Germans who helped run them, and Poles who lived alongside them. As most of its first critics noted with […]

Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory

augusti 19, 2012

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Adam Shatz  by Patrick Wilcken Bloomsbury, 375 pp, £30.00, November 2011, ISBN 978 0 7475 8362 2 Austere, prickly, solitary, Claude Lévi-Strauss is the least fashionable, and most influential, of the postwar French theorists. Lévi-Straussians are a nearly extinct tribe in Anglo-American universities, far outnumbered by Foucauldians, Derrideans and Deleuzians. But, in a paradox he might have enjoyed, his imprint has […]

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

april 1, 2012

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Tariq Ramadan ”This introductory chapter argues that the awakening of Islamic thought requires reconciliation with its spiritual dimension on the one hand, and renewed commitment and rational and critical reading (ijtihâd) of the scriptural sources in the fields of law and jurisprudence (fiqh) and on the other. It discusses the primary purpose of this book, […]

Some observations by His Eminence Sheikh Ezzedin Husseini

februari 8, 2012

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Islamic Republic: the role of religion and democracy 2005 “I absolutely do not believe in religious governments, not in Iran nor in any other parts of the world. If in the past religious regimes could play a positive role in society and were useful, in the present world they must not have any role in […]

from Nietzsche and Philosophy ~ master and slave dialectics

januari 31, 2012

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Deleuze p. 10 This is why Nietzsche presents the dialectic as the speculation of the pleb, as the way of thinking of the slave: the abstract thought of contradiction then prevails over the concrete feeling of positive difference, reaction over action, revenge and ressentiment take the place of aggression. And, conversely, Nietzsche shows that what is negative in the master […]