217. Fighting the Gravity of Vice: An Essay on Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth

Fighting the Gravity of Vice: An Essay on Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth Dwight Goodyear Introduction (Spoiler Alert) The cult classic The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) is one of my favorite films. It was directed Read more ›

210. Radical and Banal Evil in Hannah Arendt, Part 2

The German-Ameican philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975; see here for an overview of her work) offered two groundbreaking and closely connected theories of evil, the banality of evil and radical evil, that help us rethink many common conceptions of not only evil but Read more ›

209. Radical and Banal Evil in Hannah Arendt, Part 1

The German-Ameican philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975; see here for an overview of her work) offered two groundbreaking and closely connected theories of evil, the banality of evil in her Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963) Read more ›

208. Art and Understanding

The instrumental approach to art emphasizes art’s functionality. Art can certainly have many functions. But many argue its ability to help us understand things is among its most important (perhaps the most important). Such people usually embrace aesthetic cognitivism or Read more ›

207. Reducing polarization, demonization, and the lack of civility in America, part 2

In the last post (go here) we saw what President Biden meant by unity in his inauguration speech, how his call for unity led to widespread criticism, and how there is evidence of Americans seeing each other as bad people Read more ›