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A Philosopher’s Education

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The Philosophers by The Master of the Judgment of Solomon, 1620s

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Author’s Note:

Years ago, a high school student asked me about majoring in philosophy in college. This is my answer. 

My own education should not be a model. I made many mistakes I hope you will not repeat.  Read more …

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How to Be Grumpy:
Aaron Clarey’s The Curse of the High IQ

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Aaron Clarey
The Curse of the High IQ
CreateSpace, 2016

What’s it like to have nothing to lean on in this bleak world but nihilism?

Aaron Clarey’s new book, The Curse of the High IQ, takes an exceedingly unromantic look at the misfit misery of being too smart. Read more …

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Pensamientos sobre la educación liberal

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Hendrick ter Brugghen, Heraclito, 1628

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English original here

Nota del editor:

Este es el texto de una charla que di el 15 de agosto de 1996, a una clase de educación adulta que yo llevaba adelante en Atlanta hace tiempo cuando estaba estudiando. Recuerdo que la lección original era más extensa, incluyendo discusiones sobre Rousseau, Kant, Schiller, y Hegel. Si aparece una cinta, la doblaré y pondré a disposición.  Read more …

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Why We Meet as We Do:
Thoughts on Liberal Education

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Hendrick ter Brugghen, Heraclitus, 1628

2,731 words

Spanish translation here

Editor’s Note:

This is the text of a talk that I gave on August 15, 1996 to an adult education class that I used to run in Atlanta, way back when I was in graduate school. I recall that the actual lecture was much longer and involved discussions of Rousseau, Kant, Schiller, and Hegel. If a tape comes to light, I will dub it and make it available. 

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Reflexões sobre a Estética e Figura Literária do Dândi

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English original: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Antes de entrar no assunto principal, eu gostaria de fazer três observações preliminares:

Eu hesitei em aceitar seu convite para falar sobre a figura do dândi, pois esse tipo de questão não é meu tema principal de interesse.

Eu finalmente aceitei porque redescobri um ensaio lúcido e magistral de Otto Mann, Read more …

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Tito Perdue’s Morning Crafts

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Tito Perdue
Morning Crafts
London: Arktos, 2012

At the end of After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre concludes that modern civilization is bankrupt, and modern intellectual and political traditions are incapable of understanding and rectifying this decadence. He does not, however, counsel generalized pessismism, for once modernity expires of its own corruptions a new age will begin. Read more …

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Úvahy o estetické a kulturní postavě dandyho, část 1

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Záznam přednásky Roberta Steuckerse, kterou pronesl na semináři Synergon-Deutschland v květnu 2001.

Nežli se dostaneme k samotnému tématu, rád bych pronesl několik úvodních poznámek:

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Úvahy o estetické a kulturní postavě dandyho, část 2

Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867

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Poslání umělce podle Charlese Baudelaira

Pro dandyho je nezbytné do současného barbarismu vetknout trochu estetiky. Read more …

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Reflections on the Aesthetic &
Literary Figure of the Dandy, Part II

Charles Baudelaire, 1821–1867

1,790 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

Part 2 of 3. Part I: here

Translations: Czech, Portuguese

The Mission of the Artist According to Baudelaire

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Reflections on the Aesthetic &
Literary Figure of the Dandy, Part I

1,416 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

Part 1 of 3

Translations: Czech, Portuguese

Before getting to the quick of the subject, I would like to make three preliminary remarks:

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