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S02E02: “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it”

  What is Epictetus’ philosophy about? In the second episode of the season two of Veep on HBO (a very good political comedy that I strongly recommend), Mike, the Veep’s … Continue reading

14 August 2014 · Leave a comment

S01E08: Do we trust people based on how they look?

  Remember the cartoons you watched when you were a kid, how you could tell who the villain was from the moment you laid your eyes on him? His voice, … Continue reading

3 August 2014 · 2 Comments

S01E11: Are the most privileged people also the most undeserving?

  Does being born in a wealthy family, having connections and clout, living surrounded by books, or actors, or artists or whatever, make you any less worthy of your successes … Continue reading

27 July 2014 · 2 Comments

S03E12: Is honesty an impediment to career success?

Can you be honest and yet succeed professionally? What if Maupassant’s Bel-Ami were the symbol of our modern societies? At school, kids cheat to have better grades. On the job … Continue reading

13 June 2014 · 1 Comment

S01E03: How can a vulnerable human being become a redoutable tyrant?

  How is it ever possible for a single person with only two arms, two legs and one life to sow terror among a large group of people, a whole … Continue reading

4 May 2014 · 2 Comments

S01E03: Does your job have to make a difference (to be worth doing)?

Is social work more valuable than modelling or singing or selling car parts? (Also read: Is intellectual work more respectable than manual labour?) Traditionnally, labour represented for Aristotle, Karl Marx or … Continue reading

4 April 2014 · Leave a comment

S02E10: Is the violence of war more justifiable than the violence of terrorism?

Can we  legitimize terrorism? What distinguishes an act of war from an act of terrorism? If wars can be just, can acts of terror be just too? Can we stipulate … Continue reading

30 March 2014 · 1 Comment

S06E06: Can you ever be yourself at work?

Are you the same person with your subordinates that you are with your superiors? Do you behave the same in front of your co-workers, your children, your friends, your exes … Continue reading

21 March 2014 · 5 Comments

S04E03: Suffering or death, are we free to choose?

One of the most famous speeches in the history of TV series is “The Whole Blah Damn Thing” of Andy Botwin in Weeds (Showtime) As a huge fan of Jenji … Continue reading

15 March 2014 · Leave a comment

S03E05: Are you ashamed of your sex life?

Why are some people embarrassed when they get to talk about their intimacy? Why do they blush when they lose their pants in public? Why, on the other side, do … Continue reading

14 March 2014 · 2 Comments

S01E24: Is intellectual work more respectable than manual labour?

The French usually say that there is no such thing as a stupid job. We recently approached the subject  from the angle of remuneration, using an extract of Breaking Bad … Continue reading

26 February 2014 · 1 Comment

S01E11: Religion, magic and mental disorders

  Are miracle workers (shamans, exorcists, any believer argueing for healing powers?) actually sheer lunatics? Do they have to be mentally ill to actually heal? Is it crazy to believe … Continue reading

23 February 2014 · Leave a comment
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