Featured Challenges of the Anthropocene

Month: January 2016

The Roots of Religion

Thanks to modern science, we now know more about religious history than ever: Scientific archaeology began in the 18th century, and since then excavators have been discovering and interpreting evidence, ranging from tiny goddess figurines carved from mammoth ivory to entire...

/ January 23, 2016

Emmanuel Levinas on Peace

The last entry on Carl Schmitt reflected on the implications of a realpolitik where the sovereign state is necessary to protect us from the hatred that can erupt so easily in human relationships. On one extreme end of this spectrum is...

/ January 16, 2016

Carl Schmitt on Political Power

Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) is one of the most influential conservative political thinkers of the 20th century. His work remains very controversial, but his ideas allow us to think through some of the old problems of political philosophy in a fresh light. What...

/ January 11, 2016

2016 – Accelerating Change.

The geopolitical order has been shifting in 2015: Middle-Eastern refugees are flooding into Europe, and the seasonal cycles of nature show signs of disruption and change that is unpredictable and threatening everywhere in the world. Radical ideologies fight for influence, nationalist sentiments are on...

/ January 3, 2016