The following contains excerpts from an unpublished article titled The Function Of Extended Cosmic Metaphors In Herbert Marcuse’s Social Ontology.

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“[Critical theory] wants to describe what should be overcome without getting involved in speculation about the end state,” Max Horkheimer said in a 1969 interview before he went on to…


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I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the passage just before the beginning of Shemini (Leviticus 9:1–11:47) explains that “Aaron and his sons did all the things which the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.” Given the events that transpired in Ki Tisa, from the construction of the golden…


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The global plastic crisis has led to a range of environmental and public health concerns that disproportionately impact chronically disenfranchised communities and exploited nations. From the growing number of microplastics that infiltrate our soil and hydrological cycle to the overwhelming presence of large plastic materials in wildlife habitats, the harmful…


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In “But What Are You Really? The Metaphysics of Race,” Charles Mills offers an account of what it looks like to develop and understand embodied racial identities. His account problematizes the concepts of race, racialization, and self-identification with respect to racial identity while highlighting the complex nature of a systematic…


It is important to think about the reasons why we do the things we do and the ends to which our actions aim. Especially when our actions have a direct impact on other people. …


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Colloquial phrases fail to capture the magnitude of the loss and the depth of the chasm left in the place of tender, playful love that was — always more warm than chaotic, more soft than burning — left to spend its final moments gasping for air. Especially when it’s too…


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On Thursday, December 10, 1942 Anne Frank wrote about the “comical sight” of sausages — that she watched be ground, seasoned, and squeezed into casings by Mr. Van Dann — dangling from the ceiling that made everyone who saw them burst into laughter. She also wrote about the dirty state…


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My experiences as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF) helped inform my beliefs about academia. Prior to becoming a Fellow, I didn’t even use the word “academia” nor did I have any idea that programs like MMUF existed. When I applied to the fellowship as a “continuing education” student in…


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There are so many baby products we use that can be repurposed once they are no longer needed for caregiving duties like changing diapers or storing pumped milk. Before you consider repurposing some items, you should always opt to donate the items to a local daycare first or give them…


The fights for racial, social, and environmental justice are inextricably linked

Two Black girls carry signs during a PCB landfill protest in Afton, North Carolina, September 1982. (Jerome Friar Photographic Collection and Related Materials (P0090), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

In the ongoing, global project of dismantling oppressive and violent structures it is important to make sense of one’s place in the world and within the myriad systems we all must navigate on a daily basis in order to participate in society.

To clarify, by “place” I mean the physical…

Jesi Taylor Cruz

NYC-based philosophy graduate student whose work covers Genocide Studies, Repro + Enviro Justice, Discard Studies, and Political Ecology of Waste. @moontwerk

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