Akhenaten and the Birth of Monotheism An Essay by John David Ebert I. Blackboard The religious pattern of Western monotheism that becomes evident when the lives of Moses, Christ and Mohammad are drawn out on the blackboard is already clearly sketched out in the life of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten, the West’s prototypal monotheist. […]
WikiLeaks and the Death of the Event An Essay by John David Ebert WikiLeaks was founded and launched in December of 2006 by Julian Assange together with a group of Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians, and technologists from countries such as Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Assange himself, a former computer hacker, is from Australia, […]
Death and the Generation of Human Culture An Essay by Franz Borkenau Franz Borkenau is a little known Austrian philosopher who died in 1957 at the age of 56. His magnum opus, End and Beginning, from which I have excerpted the following essay, was published posthumously in 1981. It is an extensive meditation […]
One Thousand Malkoviches: Reflections On the Cultural Phenomenology of Celebrity An Essay by John David Ebert (The following piece is an outtake from my book “Dead Celebrities, Living Icons” that did not make the final cut due to space considerations) (“The Birth of Narcissus”  by Arthur Boyd) Department Store Monitor Everyone, by now, has […]
The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque by Gilles Deleuze A Review by John David Ebert I read Deleuze books because they have teeth. His books are the philosophical equivalent of a Francis Bacon painting: you will not walk away from the experience without a few bite marks left in your psyche. The Fold, however, fails spectacularly […]
What is Philosophy? by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari Reviewed by John David Ebert What is Philosophy?, originally published in 1991, was the last of the four great collaborations between Deleuze and Guattari, who had already published Anti-Oedipus, Kafka and A Thousand Plateaus. It was also Deleuze’s last significant work.
Philosophy in the Present by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek Reviewed by John David Ebert This little book was published in German in 2005, and then translated into English and published in 2009 by Polity Press. As anyone who has read much of Zizek is well aware, Badiou is a name that he often cites and […]
Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek: A Book Review by John David Ebert Despite its title, Living in the End Times actually has little to do with apocalyptic themes or eschatological scenarios. This would fall under the sphere of religious studies, and as his readers know, religion is not Zizek’s strong suit. His real strength […]