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Eric Hobsbawm Interview at the Christopher Lydon’s Open Source

In an hour’s conversation in Hobsbawm’s house in Hampstead Heath, we didn’t have time to revisit the famously exotic dimensions of his life: his quasi-religious attachment to Communism and his fascination with jazz, or the polar views of the man and his work. Link here to the loving, the venomous and the measured. Hobsbawm’s bookshelves groan with a lot of my favorite jazz tomes, like Stanley Dance’s The World of Count Basie, and Robert Gottlieb’s collection, Reading Jazz. I am sending him Arthur Taylor’s marvelous interviews with the post-Parker jazz stars through the Civil Rights revolution, Notes and Tones. But in the time we had, it seemed best to hear the crunchy numbers and sweeping authority that are acknowledged from all points of the history profession — not least from his young opposite number, the neo-imperialist Niall Ferguson .

I asked him to speak of the themes in his pithy new book: On Empire: America, War and Global Supremacy. I said it’s still mysterious to me that Tony Blair and long post-imperial Britain followed President Bush and the United States into Iraq.”

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December 20, 2008 Posted by | Critical Theory, Philosophers, world politics world critics | Leave a comment

Eric Hobsbawm Comments on the World Economic Crisis – BBC

erichobsbawmIs the intellectual opinion of capitalism changing? British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, “arguably our greatest living historian” according to the New York Review, discusses the current economic crisis and the problems with a free market economy.

December 20, 2008 Posted by | Critical Theory, Philosophers, world politics world critics | Leave a comment

Arthur Schopenhauer

This page will be about the great Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer…

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April 16, 2008 Posted by | Philosophers | Leave a comment

Giambattista Vico


Giambattista Vico, the founder of the Vichian approach to understanding the world order was born in Napoli on 23 June of 1688 as a son of a Neapolitan bookseller.  During the time he was born Napoli was the fourth city in Europe after London, Paris, and Istanbul (Cox:2002:47).  Caravaggio, Bernini, Rosa, Telesio, Campanella were all Neapolitans.

March 24, 2008 Posted by | Philosophers | Leave a comment