Eric Anthamatten

Eric Anthamatten received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His work focuses on philosophy, education, and social justice, more specifically on issues surrounding education in marginal, non-traditional, and non-academic settings: the prison, adult education, the homeless. Eric received an M.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in electronic music. He has taught philosophy since 2001 at various institutions in Texas and New York, ranging from community colleges to small privates schools, from major public universities to maximum security prisons in rural Texas. He is also an instructor of martial arts in Manhattan, where he teaches students ranging from age three to sixty-three, a pedagogical scene that he sees as continuous with his philosophical work. 

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July 25, 2016

Chancers: One Couple's Memoir
by Graham MacIndoe and Susan Stellin
Ballantine (2016), 448 pages

Chance. Luck. Choice. We take chances. We have luck. We make choices.

As a photographer, Graham MacIndoe chose—subjects, frames, aperture settings, negatives to be printed.

As a writer, Susan Stellin chose—subjects, sentences, adjectives, edits to be published.

They both took chances with their creations, their careers, and each other.

February 12, 2014

In Samuel Beckett's classic play "Waiting for Godot," two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait ... and wait ... for the arrival of a fellow named Godot. The play is bare, minimalist, even absurd. There is but one scene (a country road and a tree) and just a few characters. While waiting in vain for the arrival of another someone, the two main characters find in each other something profound and elemental. Eric Anthamatten explains. 

August 29, 2013

Joana Vasconcelos’ art has been described as feminist, political, and provocative. Her oversized, dramatic work packs a wow-factor that first stuns the viewer, then draws them in for closer examination and inquiry. The art succeeds on aesthetic and philosophical levels. Eric Anthamatten reviews her recent solo exhibition in Lisbon.

June 26, 2013

This essay is a meditation upon the production of William Shakespeare’s MacBeth, playing now on Broadway until July 14, which features a gripping Alan Cumming performing every major role.

April 24, 2013

Drawing on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and the story of Cain and Abel, Eric Anthamatten offers an ethical consideration of torture and the hunt for a faceless Osama bin Laden in the movie Zero Dark Thirty.

July 3, 2012

The skyscraper, that icon of ingenuity and capitalist triumph, is monumental, but its construction comes at a price. Indeed, each product of our economic system, be it a skyscraper or a smartphone, costs more than the eye can see. Eric Anthamatten's essay reminds us of tribulations unseen and demands that we not take modern luxuries for granted.

February 10, 2011

After Mohammad Rasoulof made The White Meadows, he and fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi were sentenced to six years in prison. The Iranian government also banned the pair from filmmaking for 20 years. What could make the ruling regime so angry? Eric Anthamatten reviews this revolutionary moral allegory and masterpiece of global cinema.

June 4, 2010

Out of sight, out of mind; so the saying goes. In the United States, prisons are often located away from urban centers and curious eyes. Thus, the prisoners inside are even more obscured. In this review of a collection prison writing, Eric Anthamatten argues that the prison and the treatment of prisoners is reflective of society at large. If they are silenced, what does it say about us? A photo exhibit accompanies the essay.