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Beijing Forum 2011
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Evil and the philosophy of history
images: Two residents of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) Vast numbers of words have been written about the atrocities of the twentieth centur...
Monday, July 26, 2021
The Warsaw experience of Janina Bauman
Janina Bauman, along with her sister Sophie and her mother Alina, miraculously survived the slaughter of the Jews of Warsaw and the crushing...
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Guest post by Izabela Wagner on Zygmunt Bauman
Izabela Wagner, author of Bauman: A Biography , is Professor of Sociology at Collegium Civitas (Poland) and fellow at Institute Convergence ...
Friday, July 16, 2021
Kołakowski on Stalinism and reform
A recent post featured the evolution of the thought of Zygmunt Bauman. There I mentioned a comparison with his Warsaw contemporary, Leszek K...
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
How Bauman became Bauman
Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was an influential voice in the world of sociological theorizing. In the second part of his career -- following h...
Monday, July 5, 2021
Did the Iliad have an author?
Did the Iliad have an author? Since this is probably the best known text from the ancient Greek world, one might find the question a puzzl...
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Greetings, all, Google has informed all publishers on Blogspot (the host site for Understanding Society ) that it will no longer be supporti...
Decision-making for big physics
Big science is largely dominant in many areas of science -- for example, high-energy physics, medical research, the human genome project, an...
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
The Holocaust "comparability" debate
The question of how to understand the Holocaust has troubled historians since the first knowledge of the war of extermination against the Je...
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