Philosophy

Peter Heft

Xenofeminism
by Helen Hester
Polity Press (2018), 140 pages 

 

Ben Gazur

The Friendship Cure
by Kate Leaver
Duckworth Publishers (2018), 222 pages

 

"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship." - Epicurus

 

Omar Baig

In “The Procession of Simulacra,” Jean Baudrillard made the following points on Watergate and the nature of political scandals:

Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne, the man often-credited with developing the essay format, was born on Feb 28, 1533 in the Aquitaine region of France. With The Mantle's own preference for publishing essays by up-and-coming writers, we owe the French Renaissance philosopher a bit of gratitude for popularizing the format.

M.C. Armstrong

The Art of Revolt
by Geoffroy de Lagasnerie
Stanford University Press (2017), 128 pages

 

Bryan W. Van Norden

Philosophy has been a favorite whipping boy in the culture wars since 399 BCE, when an Athenian jury sentenced Socrates to death. However, philosophers nowadays are seldom accused of “corrupting the youth.” Instead, a surprisingly wide range of pundits—from celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson (majoring in philosophy “can really mess you up”) to Senator Marco Rubio (“Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers”)—assert that philosophy is pointless or impractical.

Ben Gazur

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
by Hector Garcia and Fransesc Miralles
Hutchinson (2017), 208 pages

The Little Book of Ikigai: The Essential Japanese Way to Finding Your Purpose in Life
by Ken Mogi
Quercus (2017), 208 pages
 

Peter Heft

Translated from Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari A Thousand Plateaus, trans. Brian Massumi, 3-25.

M.C. Armstrong
Ben Gazur

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