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  • Liberalism

    Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas and political programmes such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom...
  • The Rules for Everything (Norway, 2017)

    Norwegian film The Rules for Everything, written and directed by Kim Hiorthøy, has all the right elements for a good existentialist film, but those elements do not quite gel into a cohesive whole. As a directorial debut, though, the film shows the potential of its author and cinematographer to...
  • Speaking a Foreign Language Makes You Change Your Personality

    Federico Prandi of Babbel, the language-learning electronic platform, says learning English strongly affected his habits, but he thinks he wasn't profoundly changed by it until he moved to Germany. In Berlin, he started speaking and writing ten times more English than he had ever done before. The mo...
  • Philosophers' Ships

    Ninety five years ago, on November 16, 1922, perhaps the most tragic episode in Russian history that lasted for almost six years came to an end. During the time when the Russian Civil War was nearing its infamous completion, the second of the "Philosophers' Ships" set sail to Germany. More than 200...
  • Immanuel Kant

    Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the most influential philosophers in the history of Western philosophy. His contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movement that followed him. Kant was born in Königsberg, Prus...
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Russian Avant-Garde, the "Black Square" and Primordial Forms
One of the most impressive and influential phenomena in the intellectual, spiritual and artistic upheaval in Russia around the time of the Revolution was the Russian avant-garde in visual arts. Two of its most prominent representatives were Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-19...
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