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Wittgenstein and the ritual

“Only describe, don’t explain” Ludwig Wittgenstein Sir James George Frazer’s Golden Bough is an anthropological comparative study of mythologies and religions, in which he examines primitive peoples of Europe relating to mythologies from all over the world. In his text Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein turns against Frazer’s interpretation …

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The invention of Utopia and its self-confutation

“More must be looked upon rather as the last of the old than the first of the new” William Morris, foreword to ‘Utopia’ The presentation of a realistic depiction of an ideal world by Thomas More gave birth to a new literary genre, the “utopian”. Drawing from Plato’s Republic and …

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Hitler’s willing suicides – the German kamikaze

Fascism has repeatedly been defeated but it doesn’t usually surrender. It denies its defeat, it hangs on every last thread of hope, it sends every last one of its heroes to their deaths and it uses the citizens in peacetime as it does the soldiers at war: as mere means …

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Two long lost fairy tales

A young girl transforms into a lake to escape from a witch, the witch drinks up the entire lake and the girl kills her with a knife when she returns to her original form from within the witch’s belly. This is one of the almost 500 fairy tales, lost for …

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