Falling From Boredom Into Value

By Anna Prisco Elena Ferrante’s series of Neapolitan Novels not only presents us with a beautiful coming-of-age bildungsroman, but a really compelling (and Socratic) account of how we come to value. Importantly, the way she envisions us coming to value is not the ideal apprehension of courage or piety that we see in a more […]

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The Freedom to Be Bored

By Andrew Stahl Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy, widely considered the beginning of modern philosophy, begins with self-isolation. Descartes withdraws from the ordinary world for six days in order to be free from distractions, so that he can “demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at […]

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