Open Philosophy

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  1. Badiou and Agamben Beyond the Happiness Industry and its Critics.Ype de Boer - 2024 - Open Philosophy 7 (1).
    Modern continental thought is skeptical toward happiness and no longer easily reconciles its pursuit with a desire for justice, the good, and truth. Critical theory has unmasked happiness as a commodity within an industry, an ideological tool for control, and a sedative to, justification of, and distraction from social injustice. This article argues that these diagnoses make it all the more important that philosophy, rather than taking leave of happiness, once again turns it into a serious object of thought. Employing (...)
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    “We Understand Him Even Better Than He Understood Himself”: Kant and Plato on Sensibility, God, and the Good.Marina Marren - 2024 - Open Philosophy 7 (1):295-310.
    Kant criticizes Plato for his interest in positing ideas that are entirely purified from any sensible elements, but which, nonetheless, exist in some supra-sensible reality. I argue that Kant’s criticism can be repositioned and even countered if, in our assessment of Plato, we assign a wider scope of significance and greater value to the senses. In order to lend focus to my article, I analyze Socrates’ presentation of what I translate as the “look of the Good” (τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ ἰδέαν, 508e) (...)
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