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Messy Freedoms

Maggie Nelson (University of Southern California)

"I’d like the book to be offering an experience of a way of thinking as much as, or more than, offering strong arguments for what freedom is or ought to be."

Genre

Ethics, Social Philosophy,

Length

5,500 words

Keywords

Freedom, Care, Sex, Climate Change,

Why Psychoanalysis?

Amy Allen (Penn State University)

"The more seriously one takes the logic of the unconscious, the more sceptical one is likely to be about claims to complete mastery of the ego."

Genre

Social Theory, Psychoanalysis

Length

3,000 words

Keywords

Psychoanalysis, Irrationality, Subjectivity

The Force of Scientific Authority

Nima Bassiri (Duke University)

"An unquestioned moral-political investment in the inviolability of the value of truth may not actually stamp out the menace of anti-science, but serve instead to inflame it."

Genre

Social Theory, Philosophy of Science

Length

4,000 words

Keywords

Science, Authority, Scepticism, Liberalism

Does the Heart Simply Want What the Heart Wants?

Amia Srinivasan (University of Oxford)

"The 'good' self may be the repressed self, a self that lies to itself in order to make its way into the world."

Genre

Social Philosophy, Feminism

Length

5,000 words

Keywords

Sex, Desire, Feminism, Self-Knowledge

The Future of Authority?

Mladen Dolar (University of Ljubljana)

"Authority is exerted at a point based in neither force nor reason, yet not simply external to them either."

Genre

Social Theory, Psychoanalysis

Length

3,500 words

Keywords

Authority, Enlightenment, Psychoanalysis, Knowledge

Physics is Not an Exception

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (University of New Hampshire)

"I’m not doing philosophy of science in the traditional sense but I’m finding that philosophy is very helpful in giving me a vocabulary for articulating the injustices I was experiencing in physics."

Genre

Social Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Length

5,000 words

Keywords

Physics, Epistemology, Race

The Time of Our Lives

Martin Hägglund (Yale University)

"There is not first an individual and then society, or the other way around. Rather, it is in our nature to be socially formed."

Genre

Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Length

3,000 words

Keywords

Time, mortality, Marx, capitalism, religion

When Viruses Help

Michael Marder (University of the Basque Country)

"It might be wise to refrain as much from attributing friendly characteristics to viruses as from ascribing adversarial qualities to them."

Genre

Philosophy of Biology

Length

1,200 words

Keywords

Anthropocentrism, Speculative Philosophy, Microbiome