Our Top Weekend Reads
An interview with Kosovo’s prime minister, how Myanmar can avoid a public health disaster in the conflict-torn state of Rakhine, and the case for reassessing Voltaire’s legacy.
When Everything Is a Crisis, Nothing Is
Invoking crisis is a favorite tactic of dictators—and widespread misuse of the word robs it of its power.
Make America Existentialist Again
French philosophy came to define the postwar era. As U.S. politics get ever more absurd, it’s time for a comeback.
We Are All Isaiah Berliners Now
Nationalism is back, but nobody seems to know what it means. A forgotten essay marking its 40th anniversary can help.
France’s Far-Right Claims a Left-Anarchist Martyr as Its Own
Why French conservatives' new favorite philosopher is Simone Weil.
Edgar on Strategy (III): A good strategy rests atop solid philosophical foundations
Political philosophy provides a foundation from which we can imagine and discuss strategy productively.
German Philosophy Has Finally Gone Viral. Will That Be Its Undoing?
A new generation of rockstar philosophers are taking the discipline to the masses. But their TED Talks, TV shows, and best-sellers might be ruining it forever.
As Environmental Catastrophe Looms, Is it Ethical to Have Children?
Two philosophers discuss the morality of family planning in the age of climate change.
Pessimism Is Europe’s Only Hope
On its 60th anniversary, a troubled EU should take inspiration from one of its greatest inheritances: gloomy German philosophy.
Remembering Michael Novak
Last Friday we lost one of our most luminescent, brilliant minds when Michael Novak died after 83 years.
Interpreter of Malice
A half-century after he diagnosed postcolonial aggression, Frantz Fanon may shed light on the violence afflicting Europe today.
The Exchange: Erica Chenoweth and David Scheffer on When to Get Violent
Are guns necessary to topple a dictator?
I Changed My Mind…
The piece about Bill Clinton I wish I could take back, and nine other things about which I no longer hold the same opinion.