political philosophy

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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.

The political theorist and historian Isaiah Berlin on Oct. 23, 1992. (Sophie Bassouls/Sygma via Getty Images)

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.

Simone Weil's pass, when she worked for the French resistance. (Photo12/UIG via Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

France’s Far-Right Claims a Left-Anarchist Martyr as Its Own

Why French conservatives' new favorite philosopher is Simone Weil.

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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.

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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.

A woman and baby wearing face masks walk in the Forbidden City during heavy pollution in Beijing on February 28, 2013. Beijing residents were urged to stay indoors as pollution levels soared before a sandstorm brought further misery to China's capital. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

As Environmental Catastrophe Looms, Is it Ethical to Have Children?

Two philosophers discuss the morality of family planning in the age of climate change.

XXX during the 21st party congress of the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU) on December 4, 2007 in Hanover, Germany. The delegates passed a new basic policy program to last the party for the upcoming 10 to 15 years.

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.

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Remembering Michael Novak

Last Friday we lost one of our most luminescent, brilliant minds when Michael Novak died after 83 years.

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Interpreter of Malice

A half-century after he diagnosed postcolonial aggression, Frantz Fanon may shed light on the violence afflicting Europe today.

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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.

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