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Mehdi Belhaj Kacem

MEHDI BELHAJ KACEM is a philosopher and writer. He is the author of a dozen books, including, in English, Transgression and the Inexistent: A Philosophical Vocabulary (Bloomsbury, 2014).

The Academy in Peril

I undertake my philosophical endeavors outside the university. As everyone knows, philosophy has for two centuries been the university’s private game preserve, and that, except for a mere dozen names, all philosophers of note have been professors: that is, civil servants. Philosophy since Kant has essentially become philosophical commentary, the philosophy of philosophy.

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2019

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