Descartes isolated himself in a cabin, set a ball of wax in front of himself, and set about determining what he could know. Martin Heidegger, some 300 years later, saw this thought experiment as all wrong: Descartes should have picked up the wax, used it, molded it. For Heidegger, the truth is reveal
Ali Farka Toure has been called the "John Lee Hooker of Africa": if it's often said that the blues are a reworking of African tribal rhythms to fit the African-American experience, then Toure has aligned the blues back to African life.
Since he was born into nobility, a musical career was strongly d
Some artists march to the beat of a different drummer, but Erik Satie wrote the melody to accompany that different beat, and then gave the whole piece a crazy name. Dismissed by many critics during his lifetime as an eccentric bohemian whose absurdist humor disguised a lack of talent, Satie is now cr
During the 1970s, love-ins and anti-war demonstrations were raising public consciousness about broad-based societal problems. And with the publication of his book 'Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change,' Victor Papanek not only posed questions but also offered solutions. Papanek