The Paris Institute For Critical Thinking

The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT) is an independent, volunteer-run, non-profit institute with no state or corporate backing. We provide a public space for the humanities and arts, unregulated by the gatekeepers of traditional higher education.

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Lines at the End of the Year

Lines at the End of the Year by Stuart Dischell (Greensboro, USA) EDITORS’ NOTE:This poem was originally published in Stuart Dischell’s 2022 book, The Lookout

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The Real Academy in Exile (Censored)

Image: Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus, J. M. W. Turner (1829) The Real Academy in Exile (Censored) by David Selim Sayers (Paris, France)1 For Talât Halman Sansürün çıkardığı

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The Borodin Quartet on Tour

The Borodin Quartet on Tour by Valentin Berlinsky (Moscow, Soviet Union – Russian original)by Maria Matalaev (Paris, France – French translation, compilation, editing)by Angela Dickson

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How to Déplier Baroque

How to Déplier Baroque Interview with Marina Nordera by Tatiana Senkevitch (Paris, France) WHETHER one thinks of the Baroque as a specific historical period or as an

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The Thinking Cap

The Normal and the Phenomenological

Image: Two Figures, Francis Bacon (1953) by Nikolaas Cassidy-Deketelaere (Paris, France) In his introduction to Georges Canguilhem’s The Normal and the Pathological, Michel Foucault makes an observation

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