What happens when ‘agree to disagree’ doesn’t work?

Agnes Callard hits it out of the park again with another article over at The Point Magazine, Persuade or Be Persuaded. Because “Socratic civility” takes refutation as its modus operandi, it makes people angry. People felt hurt and disrespected by what Socrates did to them, and eventually they killed him for it. One might argue, [...]

A Novel of Description and Attention

I haven't read any Karl Ove Knausgaard, but Toril Moi's critique of his multi-volume novel, My Struggle strikes a chord with me - particularly as it relates his work to a quest for presence, and 'attention'. A question of one's existence and an attempt to record or validate it. Might have to add My Struggle [...]

Scholarship By Metrics

Interesting article by Justin E.H. Smith on How Social Media Imperils Scholarship. It's a long article, but well worth reading. A few highlights: Eventually, those who do research simply out of love of knowledge might find it preferable to present their findings anonymously and gratuitously as Wikipedia editors rather than as members of the afflicted [...]

Quiet Desperation

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of [...]