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Review of Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman
Social and Moral Philosophy, Psychology
Dehumanization, veneer theory, human nature, essentialism, sociality
"The two most important moral theories of the modern period both lead to the conclusion that people do not, in the most fundamental sense, have more value than other animals."
Animal ethics, Kant, utilitarianism, value
"There is not really, in ecological terms, anything called "the animal" and there never has been."
Ontology, Animal Studies
Animals, language, Derrida, posthumanism
"Bullshit jobs inflict a kind of spiritual violence on the workers who work at them."
Work Ethics, neoliberalism, Puritanism
"What really distinguishes Descartes from Plato is his conviction that the physical world can be accurately represented by mathematical models."
Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology
Embodiment, artificial intelligence, Plato, Descartes
"The same tactics of deference that insulate us from criticism also insulate us from connection and transformation."
Epistemology, Political Philosophy
Standpoint epistemology, race, deference, activism
"We don’t have to look very far to get some clues as to the consequences of interaction rituals that are dominated by avoidance, fear and distrust."
Merleau-Ponty, Fanon, embodiment, interaction, alienation
"We are never who we think we were nor who we wish to be. Our collectivity requires us to imagine origins and futures that by definition cannot exist.”
Collectivity, identity, nationalism, pedagogy