Tag: Miroslav Imbrišević

  • Doctor Wankenstein Goes to Japan

    by Miroslav Imbrišević ____ A PhD student of Japanese Studies at Manchester University (UK) recently published a paper in Qualitative Research, which has been condemned in the media and is now being investigated by the university and by the journal. Two things have caused offence: the research method (masturbation); and the material used during masturbation…

  • Terfs, Transwomen and Trekkies

    by Miroslav Imbrišević ____ Recently I read a definition of ‘Terf’: they are “cis women who deny the womanhood of transwomen.” [https://www.zeit.de/zett/queeres-leben/2022-04/phenix-kuehnert-weiblichkeit-trans-frau]. That made me think about the question of group membership. How do you acquire it? Strangely, it is never through self-ID. Traditionally there are two routes: [1] via the current members; or [2]…

  • Linguistic Discrimination

    by Miroslav Imbrišević ___ In 2013, an Argentinian philosopher working in the UK argued that analytic philosophers should publish in English rather than in their native tongue. [1] It looks like many have heeded his advice. This year, some institutions and scholars adopted the Barcelona Principles for a Globally Inclusive Philosophy (BP), which aim to…

  • Cobra Kai: A Delightfully Subversive Pop Cultural Moment

    by Miroslav Imbrišević ___ Sometimes I get the feeling that I am sitting in a theatre, watching an absurdist play from the 1950’s. As I write this, a law student is being investigated by Abertay University (in Dundee, Scotland) for making “controversial” statements in class. Lisa Keogh, a (non-traditional) student and mother of two, had…

  • Philosopher Kings and Queens

    by Miroslav Imbrišević ___ At the age of sixteen, I found the idea of being a philosopher very attractive. Much later in life, I asked myself why that was and decided that my chaotic family was to blame. Philosophy allowed me to shut out the world, but at the same time I could figure out…

  • Imagination Under Threat: New Constraints on Literature and Acting

    by Miroslav Imbrišević ‘The man who has no imagination has no wings.’ –Muhammad Ali ___ A new paradigm has emerged in literature and acting. Imagination and artistic ability are suspect unless they are accompanied by personal experience. This is the latest prescription in the arts. Social justice activists demand authenticity, if the art in question…