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Trans and philosophy
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Trans and philosophy

According to a recent report, the number of children in the United Kingdom, aged 3-18, referred for gender identity disorders, has risen six times over the last five years, to over 2000.     Steve Latham   Why are so many children so unhappy with their birth sex, that they […]

More on untranslatability
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More on untranslatability

The movie “Lost in translation” pits Bill Murray against Scarlett Johansson, as two lost souls in Japan, struggling with translation into a foreign language.   Steve Latham     The film has been criticised for orientalist attitudes to Japanese culture, but the country really functions as a backdrop for the […]

The untranslateable
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The untranslateable

Some words in other languages don’t translate well, if at all. Nevertheless, they can still pack quite a punch.   Steve Latham   Two words which stay in my mind are, respectively, the Japanese term ‘Wabi Sabi’ and the Portuguese expression ‘Saudade’. Each expresses something unique, which we in English […]

The idea of the contemporary
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The idea of the contemporary

What comes after? What happens when you’ve already declared the end of all things? Postmodernism reacted against modernist hubris, but what comes next?   Steve Latham   Postmodernism questioned the unjustified faith of modernism in absolute reason, its ability to give firm foundations to thought, morals, art and politics. But […]

I was (not) a teenage fascist!
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I was (not) a teenage fascist!

The problem with much of the commentary on recent events in Charlottesville in the USA, is that left-wingers don’t have much understanding or sympathy for the Alt-Right.     Steve Latham   We don’t have to agree, but we do need to appreciate the internal psychology of the rightist adolescent […]