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Yearning for an absolute
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Yearning for an absolute

If science can describe reality as it ‘really is’, any such description would be transcendental, independent of our observations and partial perspectives.   Sean Sheehan   The philosopher Meillassoux uses fossils as proof that we can access a reality  unrelated to human knowledge. We are grounded in historically-determined horizons of […]

It all tastes of failure
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It all tastes of failure

The British Empire, so secure when Nona Baker, a young Englishwoman, sails to Malaya in the 1930s, was in tatters when she returned home in 1945.   Sean Sheehan   Her story of those tumultuous years, “Pai Naa”, mirroring the contours of war, empire and colonization, is a heartfelt tale, […]

Discovering Korean Cinema
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Discovering Korean Cinema

In time to come, the success of “Parasite” (2019) may be seen as the game changer that cemented South Korea’s eminence in world cinema. Yet sixteen years earlier, “Oldboy” helped make familiar the term New Korean Cinema to cineasts whose interests stretched beyond Western films.   Sean Sheehan   What […]