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Mass murder in the borderlands

Mass murder in the borderlands
Krishna Krishna 14 September, 2020
The facts of mass murder in eastern Europe in the 1930s through the 1950s are simply too horrific to fully absorb. These decades include the mass killings of millions of Jewish men, women, and children by the Nazi state and military and their collaborat...
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Judt on "a clown in regal purple"

Judt on "a clown in regal purple"
Ava Ava 13 August, 2020
There is an intriguing paragraph in Tony Judt and Tim Snyder's Thinking the Twentieth Century that made me curious. Judt says to Snyder:My own tenure case at Berkeley proceeded under the shadow cast by a long article I published in 1979 criticizing popu...
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Tony judt on memory and myth in the twentieth century

Tony judt on memory and myth in the twentieth century
Ava Ava 13 August, 2020
One of the historians whose work I greatly appreciate is Tony Judt. I've posted about his seminal book about Europe after World War II (Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (link, link)) and his history of the French left in
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A big-data contribution to the history of philosophy

A big-data contribution to the history of philosophy
Ashwini Ashwini 28 June, 2020
The history of philosophy is generally written by subject experts who explore and follow a tradition of thought about which figures and topics were "pivotal" and thereby created an ongoing research field. This is illustrated, for example, in Stephen Sch...
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Guest post by nicholas preuth

Guest post by nicholas preuth
Ava Ava 21 June, 2020
Nicholas Preuth is a philosophy student at the University of Michigan. His primary interests fall in the philosophy of law and the philosophy of social science. Thanks, Nick, for contributing this post!Distinguishing Meta-Social Ontology from Social Ont...
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Social factors driving technology

Social factors driving technology
Ava Ava 4 May, 2020
In a recent post I addressed the question of how social and political circumstances influence the direction of technological change (link). There I considered Thomas Hughes's account of the development of electric power as a "socio-technological system"...
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Thomas hughes on electric power as a sociotechnical system

Thomas hughes on electric power as a sociotechnical system
Ashwini Ashwini 11 April, 2020
We have quite a few ideas about how technology affects us personally and socially. But we are less aware of the ways in which facts about the contemporary social world influences the development of technology -- at any given time in history. Technologic...
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Gross inequalities in a time of pandemic

Gross inequalities in a time of pandemic
Krishna Krishna 5 April, 2020
Here is a stunning juxtaposition in the April 2 print edition of the New York Times. Take a close look. The top panel updates readers on the fact that the city and the region are enduring unimaginable suffering and stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic...
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