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The Examined Life

February 25, 2012

“the condition of truth is to allow suffering to speak” (Cornel West, quoting Theodor Adorno in The Examined Life, 2008)

I sometimes have evenings where it seems imperative that I think about something new or let myself be challenged, otherwise I’ll stagnate and slowly turn into some sort of lifeless ooze fed by too much chocolate and an unwillingness to leave my pillow and blankets. So while this may be a feeling unique to me, if you have any vaguely similar evenings might I suggest this film as a temporary remedy?

There will be someone in it who you disagree with, but that’s almost always a good thing. It helps prod me, at least, out of bed.

If you’re not familiar with it, think of it as a patchwork of modern thinkers tied together by the catchphrase ‘philosophy is in the streets’. I like it especially for Kwame Anthony Appiah talking about the ethics of global citizenship in an airport setting, and Peter Singer walking down fifth avenue discussing the ethics of consumption.

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  1. miriamthewalrus permalink*
    February 25, 2012 3:58 pm

    I’d never heard anything by Kwame Anthony Appiah before, and I really liked what he had to say! I think I’ll read more of his thought, and about cosmopolitanism (I feel like that’s a ethics system you could really get behind, Faun!) It’s always a pleasure to hear what Cornell West has to say. Very interesting post, I really enjoyed it!

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