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  • Anglais Trump

    Alain Badiou

    • Polity
    • 25 avril 2019

    The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States sent shockwaves across the globe. How was such an outcome even possible? In two lectures given at American universities in the immediate aftermath of the election, the leading French philosopher Alain Badiou helps us to make sense of thi...

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  • Anglais Retrotopia

    Zygmunt Bauman

    • Polity
    • 23 mai 2017

    We have long since lost our faith in the idea that human beings could achieve human happiness in some future ideal state-a state that Thomas More, writing five centuries ago, tied to a topos, a fixed place, a land, an island, a sovereign state under a wise and benevolent ruler. But while we have los...

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  • Anglais Lévi-Strauss

    Emmanuelle Loyer

    • Polity
    • 18 janvier 2019

    Academic, writer, figure of melancholy, aesthete - Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) not only transformed his academic discipline, he also profoundly changed the way that we view ourselves and the world around us.  In this award-winning biography, historian Emmanuelle Loyer recounts Lévi-Strauss's ch...

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  • Anglais Babel

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    • Polity
    • 15 mars 2018

    We are living in an open sea, caught up in a continuous wave, with no fixed point and no instrument to measure distance and the direction of travel. Nothing appears to be in its place any more, and a great deal appears to have no place at all. The principles that have given substance to the democrat...

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  • The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest science policy failure in a generation. We knew this was coming. Warnings about the threat of a new pandemic have been made repeatedly since the 1980s and it was clear in January that a dangerous new virus was causing a devastating human t...

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  • Anglais Derrida

    Benoit Peeters

    • Polity
    • 29 avril 2013

    This biography of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world - a vulnerable, tormented man who, throughout his life, continued to see himself as ...

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  • What if our civilization were to collapse? Not many centuries into the future, but in our own lifetimes? Most people recognize that we face huge challenges today, from climate change and its potentially catastrophic consequences to a plethora of socio-political problems, but we find it hard to face ...

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  • Anglais Alter-Globalization

    Geoffrey Pleyers

    • Polity
    • 29 avril 2013

    Contrary to the common view that globalization undermines social agency, `alter-globalization activists', that is, those who contest globalization in its neo-liberal form, have developed new ways to become actors in the global age. They propose alternatives to Washington Consensus policies, implemen...

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  • Anglais The Debt Delusion

    John F. Weeks

    • Polity
    • 7 janvier 2020

    `Governments should spend no more than their tax income.' Most people in Europe and North America accept this statement as simple common sense. It resonates with the deeply engrained economic metaphors that dominate public discourse, from `living within your means' to `balancing the budget' - all ne...

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  • Anglais Along the Trenches

    Navid Kermani

    • Polity
    • 11 novembre 2019

    Between Germany and Russia is a region strewn with monuments to the horrors of war, genocide and disaster - the bloodlands where the murderous regimes of Hitler and Stalin unleashed the violence that scarred the twentieth century and shaped so much of the world we know today. In September 2016 the G...

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  • Anglais Conspiracy Theories

    Quassim Cassam

    • Polity
    • 1 novembre 2019

    9/11 was an inside job. The Holocaust is a myth promoted to serve Jewish interests. The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were a false flag operation. Climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government. These are all conspiracy theories. A glance online or at bestseller lists re...

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  • This volume of conversations between Alain Badiou and Peter Engelmann focuses on the concrete political situation in the world of today. Here the validity and applicability of Badiou's ideas are tested in relation to the great social and political problems of our time, including terrorism, migration...

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  • Anglais Are Filter Bubbles Real?

    Axel Bruns

    • Polity
    • 27 aout 2019

    There has been much concern over the impact of partisan echo chambers and filter bubbles on public debate. Is this concern justified, or is it distracting us from more serious issues? Axel Bruns argues that the influence of echo chambers and filter bubbles has been severely overstated, and results f...

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  • With irrepressible humor, Slavoj ?i?ek dissects our current political and social climate, discussing everything from Jordan Peterson and sex "unicorns" to Greta Thunberg and Chairman Mao. Taking aim at his enemies on the Left, Right, and Center, he argues that contemporary society can only be proper...

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  • Anglais Smells

    Robert Muchembled

    • Polity
    • 7 mai 2020

    Why is our sense of smell so under-appreciated?  We tend to think of smell as a vestigial remnant of our pre-human past, doomed to gradual extinction, and we go to great lengths to eliminate smells from our environment, suppressing body odour, bad breath and other smells.  Living in a relatively odo...

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  • Anglais After God

    Peter Sloterdijk

    • Polity
    • 20 avril 2020

    In his Critique of Cynical Reason, Peter Sloterdijk pursued an enlightenment of the Enlightenment in both its beginnings and the present. After God is dedicated to the theological enlightenment of theology. It ranges from the period when gods reigned, through the rule of the world-creator god to rev...

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  • Anglais Digital Life

    Tim Markham

    • Polity
    • 9 juillet 2020

    Conventional wisdom suggests that the pervasiveness of digital media into our everyday lives is undermining cherished notions of politics and ethics. Is this concern unfounded? In this daring new book, Tim Markham argues that what it means to live ethically and politically is realized through, not ...

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  • Anglais Adorno

    Stefan Muller-Doohm

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    • 7 novembre 2014

    'Even the biographical individual is a social category', wrote Adorno. `It can only be defined in a living context together with others.' In this major new biography, Stefan Müller-Doohm turns this maxim back on Adorno himself and provides a rich and comprehensive account of the life and work of one...

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  • Beethoven

    Theodor W. Adorno

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    • 2 octobre 2015

    Beethoven is a classic study of the composer's music, written by one of the most important thinkers of our time. Throughout his life, Adorno wrote extensive notes, essay fragments and aides-memoires on the subject of Beethoven's music. This book brings together all of Beethoven's music in relation t...

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  • Anglais Barthes

    Tiphaine Samoyault

    • Polity
    • 13 janvier 2017

    Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a central figure in the thought of his time, but he was also something of an outsider. His father died in the First World War, he enjoyed his mother's unfailing love, he spent long years in the sanatorium, and he was aware of his homosexuality from an early age: all th...

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  • Anglais Defiant Earth

    Clive Hamilton

    • Polity
    • 5 juin 2017

    Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth System as a whole, bringing on a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - one in which the serene and clement conditions that allowed civilisation to flourish are disappearing and we quail before 'the wakened giant'....

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  • The election of an unabashedly patriarchal man as US President was a shock for many-despite decades of activism on gender inequalities and equal rights, how could it come to this? What is it about patriarchy that seems to make it so resilient and resistant to change? Undoubtedly it endures in part b...

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  • Anglais Have Bacteria Won?

    Hugh Pennington

    • Polity
    • 12 novembre 2015

    Today, we are far less likely to die from infection than at any other time in history, but still we worry about epidemics, the menace of antibiotic resistance and modern 'plagues' like Ebola. In this timely new book, eminent bacteriologist Hugh Pennington explores why these fears remain and why the...

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  • Anglais Money

    Geoffrey Ingham

    • Polity
    • 8 janvier 2020

    Few economic phenomena provoke as much confusion as money. From the first measures of value and the physical coins that circulated at the dawn human civilization to the era of `virtual' money transmitted through cyberspace, it is ubiquitous and hugely important, yet economists cannot even agree on w...

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