Socrates, accepting the poison.

Is the history of philosophy different from the history of the press? Journalists mourn the loss of their credibility — yet a similar and much older complaint also haunts philosophers. Both are concerned with truth — and so, there is room to read our modern media distrust as an extension…


It may be that philosophers of the past were not pansexual enough (if one loves everything, how can one think something?) to ask themselves whether lying about one’s own sexuality to others counts at all, or as much, as the other lies we entertain to each other. Kant: we must…


Mulberry street

Curating chaos, a contradiction in terms. Curation aims to create an order to things. How does chaos result from curation, and why would anyone embark on this counter-intuitive endeavor? These questions follow me in my investigation of Mulberry Street Public Library (MSPL); a location as chaotic in design as in…


Policing Parks, almost a contradiction in terms. If parks are the escape from the real world, with its attending rules and restrictions, is it even desirable to police them too? Central Park’s 85th street intersection, for onlookers, would at first sight deserve some attention. The clash between citibikers and cyclists…


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When Harry Potter was named the boy who lived, the only wizard whom Voldemort’s spell could not break, few were then wondering whether there would be life at all for the whole cast of the franchise once the blood-splattered rivalry with death-eaters was over.

Today, the cast member that has…


“Hi Rayyan,

Sorry for the mammoth delay in getting back to you about this one. I’ve had a proper read through now and started to edit it… but — and this might sound a bit silly — I think it’s a bit too clever for us.

What I mean by…


Around the globe, sexual minorities participate in a tragi-romantic-comedy. …


Rainbow-striped caps. Football v. Homophobia sweatshirts. A team made up exclusively of queer men. Despite efforts to foster a friendlier environment for closeted soccer players, today’s inclusive discourse has yet to tackle the elephant in the (locker) room: commercial viability.

In a time when Cristiano Ronaldo amasses a whopping 47…


It is 2020, and our school systems are picking up on the signs of the times. We are teaching our children to embrace our hyper-connected world: by adopting a second language, or learning how to code. Under the rug of modernity lies, surely, older traditions, older disciplines such as philosophy…


Much has been discussed about Hannah Arendt’s political theories. Her views on political affairs, however, are relatively more obscure and usually buried within her correspondences with friends and family or in her writings prior to her acclaimed Origins of Totalitarianism. I propose to briefly look into this literature and assess…

Rayyan Dabbous

Rayyan Dabbous is a Lebanese author. His recent books include DIY Creative Activism: A Handbook (2019) and Psychoanalysis of a Teenage Novelist (2020).

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