Fila Sophia

applied philosophy, deep democracy, sustainability / by A.R.Teleb

Should New Media Distinguish Idea from Opinion Journalism?

[Also appeared March 10, 2014 on Truthout here.] Old media separated non-entertainment journalism into a simple dichotomy: news and opinion. Today we—academics, journalists, and laypeople—include internet searches at some point … Continue reading

2014-03-11 · Leave a comment

The Geist of Tahrir & Occupy

[First appeared Feb 10, 2014 on Truthout. Begin there with comments.] The Tahrir Square Revolution turns three this week and Occupy Wall Street follows soon. They both manifested a tangible … Continue reading

2014-02-15 · Leave a comment

Easier to Vilify Team Owners than Question Society’s Complicity

[First appeared Feb 4, 2014 on Truthout/Speakout. Look for comments there.] Taking advantage of the Super Bowl hype, Mother Jones magazine re-publicized an article “Offensive Lines: How Bad Is Your … Continue reading

2014-02-06 · 1 Comment

Review of Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, & the Rule of the Many

This book follows the recent trend in democratic theory termed “epistemic democracy” in a novel way. Rather than rely on liberal philosophy or an analogy with science, it begins with … Continue reading

2014-01-27 · 2 Comments

The Neo-Athenian Revival

[Appeared April 2 openDemocracy.  Ideas first appeared Jan 20, 2014 Truthout.] A recent Economist article “What’s Gone Wrong with Democracy” is chock-full of photographs of discontent from places in revolution—Ukraine, … Continue reading

2014-01-24 · 2 Comments

Fourteen Tips for Law School & Life

In summarizing my law school tips to a younger collaborator, I thought they might be helpful for other people too. They are based only on my own experiences, and your … Continue reading

2014-01-21 · 5 Comments

Citizen Reviews and Brand Gov

[Appeared as “McDonald’s, Hollande and Future Gov” Nov. 26, 2013 on Truthout. Look for comments there: http://bit.ly/BrGoTr%5D McDonald’s now serves espressos, lattes, smoothies, ice cream, and, yes, even salads. On … Continue reading

2013-11-25 · 4 Comments

Rowling & Heidegger: Ontological Humility & the Authentic, Ethical Life

A review of Ontological Humility: Lord Voldemort and the Philosophers [Appeared Nov. 26, 2013 on Truthout. Look for comments there: http://bit.ly/OnHuTr%5D What does Martin Heidegger have to do with Harry … Continue reading

2013-11-14 · 1 Comment

The Mideastern Roots of Modern Democracy

[First appeared May 26th Daft Blogger. More on humility soon.] Is it possible that it was not the rediscovery of Greek thought that brought equality, human rights and democracy to … Continue reading

2013-09-08 · 1 Comment

Google Palestine & Sociological Jurisprudence

[First appeared May 13, 2013 on Fair Observer. Start with comments there.] Google’s decision Friday May 3rd to change google.ps’s tagline to “Palestine” implicitly recognized it as a state. It … Continue reading

2013-05-27 · Leave a comment

Equality & Political Ecology: From Spinoza to Politdoche

Feeling and ideas are renewed, the heart expands, the human spirit develops only through the reciprocal action of human beings on one another. Alexis de Tocqueville Referring to the prevalence … Continue reading

2013-05-14 · 1 Comment

The Arabic in Everyday English

Below is a list of everyday, non-specialized words in the English language that are of Arabic origin. They can be put into three categories: 1) words that refer to plants, … Continue reading

2013-05-10 · 4 Comments

InsideOut OutsideIn: Long-Mileage Tips for Language Learning & Beyond

Learning a language we’ve all heard “Don’t translate!” and, the cliché, “only immersion works.” Yet seemingly everyone struggles with “easy languages” like French or Spanish. Why and what can a … Continue reading

2013-05-01 · 5 Comments

Redeeming Rousseau: Politdoche & General Will

Recently on Daft Blogger I fell hard on the word “government” and offered a replacement, “politdoche.” This article demonstrates why it fares better as an ideal and how it would … Continue reading

2013-04-19 · 2 Comments

Is the word “government” the problem?

“The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand…that the state must follow, and not lead, the character and progress of the citizen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Our prejudices … Continue reading

2013-04-11 · 2 Comments

Citizens United and The Nadir of the Single-member-district First-past-the-post System?

Many people have been saying, ever since I’ve been old enough to vote and long before Citizens United, that we make the best of what we have and vote for … Continue reading

2013-04-04 · 2 Comments

Om Kalthoum “The Lady”: What is it about the Blues?

This post is off topic to ask a (quasi-rhetorical) question. Umm Kulthum (or Om Kalthoum) was an Egyptian singer, notoriously popular during the middle of the 20th century. Her funeral … Continue reading

2013-04-02 · Leave a comment

The Politic: Borrow a French Word to Save the American Republic?

[First appeared March 25, 2013 on DaftBlogger.com] Different languages distinguish different sounds, as everyone knows, but they often pick out different nuances in ideas too. Classic examples of the first … Continue reading

2013-03-27 · 2 Comments

Gonyea’s “Mr. Tillerman’s World”: Our Trembling Tyrants Within

Art is by nature polysemic, the more so the more engrossing. Political art especially needs to pose multiple questions in order to keep our interest. If the questions can be … Continue reading

2013-03-10 · 9 Comments

So, tell me about these “real numbers.” Plato, Therapy, Theory, & Ethnography

Last time I related Plato’s “ideas” to mathematics, in particular Calculus and Geometry. The value of Plato, and the “doctrine of ideas,” carries over into other realms as well, from … Continue reading

2013-02-24 · 2 Comments

Plato, Calculus, Law, Alice in Wonderland, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty, & Mind

What is a “point?” Geometry, like Calculus, begins with the seemingly simple ideas of “point” and “line.” Surprisingly, this is where “non-mathy” people begin to get lost–not for the math … Continue reading

2013-02-17 · 2 Comments

Tolerance: A Few Words for a Dirty Word

A more playful title could be “Doing words dirty: de-riddling Derridian derisions.” “Tolerance,” first clichéd, was then dirtied by philosophers of wordplay, philosophers who would hold it only in the … Continue reading

2013-02-14 · 3 Comments

Remembering Mubarak: Tahrir, Zuccotti, & Future Democracy

Today marks the two-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s departure. At the end of 2011, Time’s Person of the Year was “The Protester,” and the issue was wrapped in Tahrir Square. … Continue reading

2013-02-11 · 5 Comments

Squaring The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street

“Democracy is the safest of all states.” Aristotle (Politics) Aristotle can be dismissed as a racist, misogynist, or xenophobe. He may be all those and a dry writer, but few … Continue reading

2013-02-09 · 6 Comments