:: Interviews

On Doing and Allowing Harm published 05/08/2017

I do not think you would be required to sacrifice your own life to save the child or indeed to sustain permanent major physical damage to your body which would leave you severely mentally or physically incapacitated for life. It would probably be morally admirable to do so, but this is not something that can be demanded from people. Requirements to sacrifice yourself in this except under truly exceptional circumstances undermine your authority over your own body.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Fiona Woollard.

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On the Nature of Truth published 30/07/2017

‘Believe only what is true!’ is a useless epistemic norm. It’s correct, but it cannot guide us, because what we need are criteria we can actually apply; truth, however, isn’t a criterion we can directly test. ‘Believe only what is consistent with your entire belief system!’ is similarly useless. By Church’s theorem we cannot test a given set of axioms for its consistency. In general, this is beyond the computational powers of the best ideal computer.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Volker Halbach.

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The Happiness Philosopher published 22/07/2017

Bentham was undeniably strange, one of the strangest human beings who ever lived. In my view, it was the acute kindness of his disposition that drove him to formulate proposals that his many critics have seized upon as revealing that “iron cage” of modernity that you mentioned earlier–the Panopticon prison system, control through architecture and surveillance, being one of the primary examples. But he spun off so many elaborate schemes that it is very difficult to see how they fit together, especially as part of a historical trajectory headed toward a better society.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Bart Schultz.

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Reclaiming Female Sexual Power published 16/07/2017

I like to think I’ve inspired women to be more authentic and embodied in their power and leadership. In terms of changing the way people look at art I want to restore our faith in holistic art – TOTAL ART – that which is for and by the community; interdisciplinary art that occurs in sacred, transformative spaces where artists hold court as paradigm shifters and leaders.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Katie Cercone.

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Descrying the World of Physics published 14/07/2017

While physics has had tremendous successes it is still an open question whether there is fundamental ontology and laws and if there is whether they can be found by the methods of physics. To the extent that this aim of physics is achieved we should be able to understand how what Sellars calls “the manifest image” emerges from fundamental physics. That is what I mean by “descrying the world in physics.”

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Barry Loewer.

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Neoliberalism in Crisis published 13/07/2017

Most of the left has put its eggs in the basket of combating neoliberalism, but I think we have to look beyond neoliberalism and look at capitalism itself. This means looking at the social practices of the present form of capitalism, which is moving away from neoliberalism and toward some kind of right-wing populism. Obviously, this is in response to the self-evident refutation of neoliberalism by the Great Recession.

On the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Marx’s Capital, Sofia Cutler, Sara Farah and Emanuel Guay interview Kevin B. Anderson and John Bellamy Foster.

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Abundance and Proliferation published 11/07/2017

I should say that some of my favourite art-related activities have usually been very ephemeral, online exchanges or posting groups or a good conversation with a friend – perhaps a moot point, but it’s been a consistent experience for me that when projects are more explicable in reified terms they become abstracted out of currency. So what I think is publicly notable tends to have become part of something else, whereas what is personally notable is sometimes uninteresting or difficult to articulate to someone else.

Jana Astanov interviews Erik Zepka.

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Translating Aase Berg: A conversation with Johannes Göransson published 10/07/2017

Translating Aase Berg: A conversation with Johannes Göransson

Translating Aase Berg’s poetry is very difficult — it deforms the Swedish language with puns and radical ambiguities, archaic words, contorted syntax, translations and mistranslations and dystranslations. But “difficulty” suggests to me that there could be a right answer, there could be a right translation if I studied hard enough. To me there’s much more movement in the “original” — it parasites, mimics, corrupts language and source texts.

James Pate interviews Johannes Göransson about translating Aase Berg.

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The Fall and Rise of Louis Althusser published 07/07/2017

Like Galileo with astronomy and Darwin with biology, Althusser argued that Marx opened up a new “scientific continent.” According to him, what makes Marx’s or Darwin’s or Galileo’s thought scientific is not necessarily their empirical investigations but the fact that each developed new understandings of certain types of objects. These objects and concepts could then be investigated and our understanding of them developed using scientific methods of research. For Darwin, obviously, the chief concept was that of natural selection. However, there are other concepts such as mutation, heredity, and adaptation which comprise evolutionary theory as a whole and that Darwin needed but did not name in his work (it took others like Mendel to do so). Similarly, For Marx, the chief concept in the Marxist science of historical materialism is that of class struggle.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews William Lewis.

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Poetry is an Opportunity published 06/07/2017

Poetry is an opportunity, even a challenge or askance, to be complex, ambiguous, playful with the fact of daily normative, comforting language, and when its used just to make a straightforward statement, with line breaks, I don’t mind of course, not a big deal, but it does surprise me. It’s not as though a lot of people read poetry, if you’ve a message you need to get out to people clearly and widely, perhaps another medium might make sense?

Jana Astanov interviews SJ Fowler.

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