True Individualism: A commentary on “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”

by Alexander Apetroaie In his essay ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’, written just before the turn of the 20th century, Oscar Wilde makes some important points largely excluded from current mainstream political and social reformist thinking. Writ large throughout the essay is his concern for the realisation of true ‘Individualism’, briefly defined as theContinue reading “True Individualism: A commentary on “The Soul of Man Under Socialism””

On Foucault and Panopticism Today

by Carlotta Luciolli Introduction In the book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1977), Foucault reflects on the evolution of surveillance and discipline.  He identifies three historical stages of surveillance. Shifting from a focus on the body to the mind, the later stages are exemplified by the architectural form of the Panopticon andContinue reading “On Foucault and Panopticism Today”

The Power of Experimental Interpretation in Seeking Self-Knowledge: Aesthetic Repetition and Ideology

by Frank Godden But why shouldn’t we overthink things? To overanalyse, in the eyes of some, is to commit a cardinal sin in thought. They point out how Freud himself, the messiah of seeing too much in things, remarked on a pipe’s sometimes being just a pipe, devoid of any meaning beyond trivial facticity. IfContinue reading “The Power of Experimental Interpretation in Seeking Self-Knowledge: Aesthetic Repetition and Ideology”

The Joker and The Philosophy of Terrorism

“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world” – John Rogers Introduction Every good story is like an essay. Each character signifies some philosophical thought which is then being tested throughout the narrative. A villain symbolises an objection or a counterargument to theContinue reading “The Joker and The Philosophy of Terrorism”

Is ‘Neoliberalism’ Real?

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of neoliberalism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this apparition: the unions and the poor, Corbyn and Mélenchon, French radicals and British intellectuals. Where is the party in government that has not been decried as neoliberal by its opponents?Continue reading “Is ‘Neoliberalism’ Real?”