Tag Archives: Philosophy

1998: Beyond the Skin

Inga hears from a friend that there is an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and decides to go see it. She thinks for a moment and recalls that the museum is on 53rd Street, so she walks to … Continue reading

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1675: Libertine with Monkey

Jacob Huysmans: Portrait of John Wilmont, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680) Were I (who to my cost already am One of those strange, prodigious creatures, man) A spirit free to choose, for my own share What case of flesh and … Continue reading

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1987: Not Like a River

The river-of-time metaphor symbolises the flow of time as the steady movement of a current along with all the flotsam it carries—and the events we experience are depicted by the particular pieces of flotsam being carried along past us by … Continue reading

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1964: Revolution

During the shooting of David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago [set in Russia during WWI and the Russian Revolution] in a Madrid suburb in 1964, a crowd of Spanish statists had to sing the “Internationale” in a scene involving a mass demonstration. The … Continue reading

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1435: The Liberal Arts

Giovanni dal Ponte- The Seven Liberal Arts (c. 1435) (source) Each allegorical figure is accompanied by a historical luminary who also represents the discipline: From left to right: 1) Grammar with Donatus (4th century) or Priscian (5th and 6th centuries), … Continue reading

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1649: Descartes’s Wooden Daughter

When Descartes resided in Holland, with great labour and industry he made a female Automaton—which occasioned some wicked wits to publish that he had an illegitimate daughter, named Franchine—to prove demonstratively that beasts have no souls, and that they are … Continue reading

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2nd Century BC: The Best Leaders Are Barely Noticed

太上,下知有之;其次,親而譽之;其次,畏之;其次,侮之。信不足,焉有不信焉。悠兮,其貴言。功成事遂,百姓皆謂我自然。 The best leaders are barely noticed. The next best are admired and praised. Poor leaders use coercion and fear, and the worst are despised. If leaders do not follow the Tao, how can the people? The wisest leaders will … Continue reading

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