Language & Culture

On the Mutual Fascination between America and Goethe

Individuality and sociality meet in a life’s work that can be read as a compendium of the New World.

Business & Economics

Covid-19 and The War for China’s Wallet: An Interview with Shaun Rein

China expert Shaun Rein assesses the country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and talks about how the US unconsciously helped to accelerate Chinese dominance in the US-China trade war.

Philosophy & History

W.G. Sebald and the Natural History of Covid-19

The writer and academic W.G. Sebald (1944–2001) is considered one of the most important literary voices of the late 20th century. Less widely known is the pessimistic philosophy of history that underwrites his books: what might Sebald have said about Covid-19?

Philosophy & History

Injustice in the Era of Covid-19

In the Covid-19 crisis, misfortune becomes injustice, as inaction makes governments passively unjust. Political philosopher Judith Shklar helps us to understand why the line between “natural” and “human-made” crises is highly artificial.

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