Interview with Maria Antonietta Macciocchi; February 1968; First Published: in L’Unità, 1968, this translation first published in New Left Review, 1971; 1 Can you tell us a little about your personal history? What brought you to Marxist philosophy? In 1948, when I was 30, I became a teacher of philosophy and joined the PCF. Philosophy […]

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Simone de Beauvoir wrote a groundbreaking book on Feminism,  “The Second Sex,” in 1949.  In the following interview she discusses the text,  more than 25 years after it was written. Interview: John Gerassi, 1976; Published: Society, Jan-Feb. 1976; Gerassi. It’s now about twenty-five years since The Second Sex was published. Many people, especially in America, […]

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In the following interview, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas speculates about the end of secularization in the West. The background for this idea of post-secularism is the Islamic challenge to the West, as it erupted in the events after September 2011. The interview was conducted by Eduardo Mendieta, translated by Matthias Fritsch, and is quoted […]

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We have become used to the idea that psychoanalysis is an attempt to make a scientific approach to the human personality. It is a view which attaches great importance to facts, to the truth, to the real thing. If that is so, there are plenty of people who are scientists without that official categorization. A painter, for example, may believe that a painting should be true to truth, should show you some aspect of reality which you might otherwise not notice.

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Interview with Jacques Lacan, 1957 Published in L’Express in May 1957. Interviewer: A psychoanalyst is very intimidating. One has the feeling that he could manipulate you as he wishes, that he knows more than you about the motives of your actions. Dr. Lacan: Don’t exaggerate. Do you think that this effect is exclusive to the […]

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