Policy Papers

Philosophy and history come together in a different way than we have used these two disciplines in the past. That requires a need of a philosophical reorientation with a new way of doing philosophy in the traditional sense of the term, but that is not merely critical theory, not just critique, not just theoretical understanding would. Recent incidents around the world such as Arab Spring or demonstrations in Hong Kong highlighted the requirement of a new way of philosophy based on secular thinking. The new way of philosophy insists on a secular understanding of our common problems in order to allow for the broadest possible inclusion of beliefs.

Decolonizing Arab History
Decolonizing Arab History

Decolonization of the Middle East has been one of the most debated issues of the recent historical studies both in the west and east. Prof. Ussama Makdisi of Rice University argues, pointing out to th...

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Worldmaking after Empire
Worldmaking after Empire

Contrary to the standard narrative of decolonization that represent colonialism as a bilateral relationship of alien rule between a metropole and a colony, colonization involves unequal integration an...

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Independence: The Ruse of Settler-Colonialism
Independence: The Ruse of Settler-Colonialism

Professor Joseph Massad is a Professor at the Columbia University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico and his Ph. D. at Columbia University in 1998. He teaches and ...

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Politics of Fear in the Era of Permanent Pandemics
Politics of Fear in the Era of Permanent Pandemics

COVID-19 provided an opportunity for the authorities of politicisation of fear that has been pervading and shaping public life globally, especially in the West, to the extent that a new form of life d...

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Year 1: A Philosophical Recounting in Light of a Common Future
Year 1: A Philosophical Recounting in Light of a Common Future

Philosophy and history come together in a different way than we have used these two disciplines in the past. That requires a need of a philosophical reorientation with a new way of doing philosophy in...

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Free Will and Determinism in Classical Islamic Philosophy: Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushd
Free Will and Determinism in Classical Islamic Philosophy: Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushd

The debate about the relation between free will and determinism, which revolves around the idea of human freedom and possible obstacles to that freedom, has been on the agenda of the philosophers for ...

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Global Change, Science and Society
Global Change, Science and Society

NASA’s latest technological marvel, the James Webb Space Telescope, is sending us detailed and absolutely breathtaking images from the deep history of the universe.  ese will allow us to answer more ...

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Contemporary Global Economic Crisis a World-System Approach
Contemporary Global Economic Crisis a World-System Approach

There has been a common belief that COVID-19 pandemics and the war between Russia and Ukraine had crucial impact on the world economy and recent national and international reports supported this idea....

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COVID-19 and the Ecophobic Reflex
COVID-19 and the Ecophobic Reflex

Ecophobia has provided fertile ground for the birth and growth of COVID-19. The relationships between ecophobia and the disease are complex and require nuanced analyses and description. While COVID-19...

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Degrowth: strategies and challenges for a just transition
Degrowth: strategies and challenges for a just transition

Despite massive national and international efforts on different platforms, we are still far away from our targets in the fight with the climate change. Degrowth, reducing of energy and resource use in...

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From the ruins of neoliberalism to where
From the ruins of neoliberalism to where

Prof. Wendy Brown discusses troubling legacies of western freedom and argues thatthese legacies were not part of the neoliberal vision; however, they unintentionally sprung by neoliberal reason. She a...

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The Dark Side of Painless Civilization: A Philosophical Investigation into Human Desire
The Dark Side of Painless Civilization: A Philosophical Investigation into Human Desire

The contemporary civilization is aiming to give us “pleasure and comfort” and eliminate “pain and suffering” as much as possible. This is evident especially in advanced countries. The contemporary civ...

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Do we live in an age of Uncertainty?
Do we live in an age of Uncertainty?

Prof. John Keane discusses the term “certainty” in times of growing uncertainties such as floods and fires, global pestilence, species destruction, unending wars, shrinking US power, talk of the spiri...

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