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Understanding the Totality
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Understanding the Totality

The urge to understand is fundamental to being human. For some this transmutes into the desire to understand – absolutely everything!   Steve Latham   This was so, for the German philosopher, Hegel, who constructed an entire scheme to comprehend history, society and culture. This attempt was continued by Marx, […]

Thinker for today: Byung-Chul Han
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Thinker for today: Byung-Chul Han

Byung-Chul Han is a Korean-born philosopher, based in Germany. Training initially as a metallurgist, he moved west and switched disciplines, becoming now one of our chief public intellectuals. Steve Latham He has examined the impact of social and technological change on the psyche of contemporary culture, concentrating on how we […]

Class and identity
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Class and identity

Throughout the world, far-right populists mobilise supporters along lines of identity: especially religion and race.   Steve Latham   Left-wing commentators decry this, because it subverts class-based politics. But (as a friend asked me) what is the relationship between these two models of political mobilisation? It’s ironic that leftists criticise […]

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He is leaving

My son has bought a flat. In today’s London, given our astronomical property prices, this is a real marker of adulthood.   Steve Latham    So my daughter is suitably, and simultaneously, jealous, and admiring. She and her partner are having to consider leaving London altogether, to find somewhere to […]