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A Better Utopia

I’ll be the first to admit that, on first read, the Green New Deal — that hefty package of legislations designed to tackle global warming — comes off as utopian. “Our charge is about saving the planet,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reminded us, “[The Green New Deal is] kind of…a broader agenda.” One part of … Continue reading A Better Utopia

Who is the “I”?: Anti-Essentialism in Dazai’s No Longer Human

I’m not sure where the idea that we have exclusive access to our “true” selves came from (maybe Descartes’ whole thing with “I think, therefore I am?”), but it certainly seems to have stuck. Of course, it would be disingenuous to ignore the fact that the psychologists have known, for a long time, about how … Continue reading Who is the “I”?: Anti-Essentialism in Dazai’s No Longer Human


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