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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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Magazine / culture
The Russian Prophet of Immortality
The Russian Prophet of Immortality
Magazine / culture

Nikolai Fyodorov believed that only resurrection of the dead could save the world. His extraordinary vision fascinated the likes of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.

Michał Milczarek

Magazine / science
Metaphors of Nature
Metaphors of Nature
Magazine / science

If only we humans would stop for a moment and observe the world around us, we might discover that there are other modes of cognition, just as fascinating as ours.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Magazine / science
We Are Nature
We Are Nature
Magazine / science

Spinoza helps diagnose the bad ideas and sad passions that preclude us from a finer relationship with the natural world.

Beth Lord

Magazine / society
I Collect Signs of the End
I Collect Signs of the End
Magazine / society

Philosopher and political scientist Leszek Koczanowicz talks about the different aspects of societal fear and anxiety, and how this is connected with Sherlock Holmes.

Aleksandra Pezda

Reading / society
Remembering the Future
Remembering the Future
Reading / society

What connects pop artist Dua Lipa with philosopher Jacques Derrida? Both are interested in a certain nostalgia that entwines past, present and future.

Enis Yucekoralp

Magazine / society
A Discreet Genius
A Discreet Genius
Magazine / society

The Hungarian Ervin László was originally a classical pianist, before later becoming a philosopher of science and advocate of quantum consciousness.

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / culture
With Seneca Among Children
With Seneca Among Children
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The Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman talks with a modern day Stoic about what we can learn from children and how Stoicism can guide us through the contemporary world.

Piotr Stankiewicz

Magazine / society
For a Child, Being Carefree Is Intrinsic to a Well-lived Life
For a Child, Being Carefree Is Intrinsic to a Well-lived Life
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Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?

Luara Ferracioli

Magazine / society
On Spiritual Care
On Spiritual Care
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In a society where the notion of care is abundant, we appear to be lacking figures that represent a kind of caring guardianship. Where can we find them?

Marcin Polak

Magazine / society
Are You Sleepwalking Now?
Are You Sleepwalking Now?
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Given how little control we have of our wandering minds, how can we cultivate real mental autonomy?

Thomas Metzinger

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Ten Bulls
Ten Bulls
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Here is an old tale that is part of the Zen tradition. The parable became extremely popular in Japan, from where it reached the West in the 20th century.

Kuòān Shīyuăn

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How Can We Be More Gentle With Ourselves on the Spiritual Path?
How Can We Be More Gentle With Ourselves on the Spiritual Path?
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A lot of us are putting a lot of effort into being more fully present and to being ‘here now’ and we head towards the fire, and in the process, we lose our sense of humor. What are the ways of taking care of ourselves in the process?

Ram Dass

Reading / society
The Sadness of the Galaxies
The Sadness of the Galaxies
Reading / society

When we look up into the sky, towards the stars and beyond – to the entire universe itself – it is sometimes hard not to be overcome with a sense existential loneliness.

Grzegorz Uzdański

Magazine / science
Delighted Man
Delighted Man
Magazine / science

Nature conservation is not simply a matter of being conscious about the environment – it also raises metaphysical questions.

Michał Książek

Magazine / society
Bright Soul
Bright Soul
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The philosopher and spiritual teacher Peter Deunov – also known as Beinsa Douno – was loved by Einsten, Gandhi, and a great deal of his fellow Bulgarians.

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / culture
Moderation Marcus
Moderation Marcus
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The one-time Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius talks with a modern-day Stoic about moderation, Zbigniew Herbert and smartphones.

Piotr Stankiewicz

Magazine / society
Dō, or the Way
Dō, or the Way
Magazine / society

The centuries-old traditional Japanese arts illustrate the way in which we can set out on the road and achieve our goals.

Piotr Milewski

Magazine / science
Sooner or Later We All Face Death
Sooner or Later We All Face Death
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‘Despite all our medical advances,’ my friend Jason used to quip, ‘the mortality rate has remained constant – one per person.’

Warren Ward

Reading / science
Paradox-free Time Travel Is 'Logically' Possible, Say Physicists
Paradox-free Time Travel Is 'Logically' Possible, Say Physicists
Reading / science

Grandfathers, take heart. You'll survive the paradox that's been gunning for you since the 1930s.

Kevin Dickinson

Magazine / culture
Black Heart Sutra
Black Heart Sutra
Magazine / culture

What do Bruce Lee, chess, and the Black Lives Matter movement have in common? The answer is, of course, the cult hip hop group, Wu-Tang Clan.

Piotr Żelazny

Magazine / society
Youth? Enough!
Youth? Enough!
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The question of what ‘youth’ means is a tricky one. Not only is it uncomfortable for people of a certain age, but being young is an entirely relative concept.

Piotr Stankiewicz

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This Incredible Meditation Will Help Solve Your Existential Dread
This Incredible Meditation Will Help Solve Your Existential Dread
Magazine / society

Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder.

Scotty Hendricks

Magazine / science
The Para-Scientific Popularity of Aura
The Para-Scientific Popularity of Aura
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Aura is depicted in a variety of art and myths; it is also described by adherents of esotericism. But can it be proven scientifically?

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / culture
Pure, Invincible, Magical
Pure, Invincible, Magical
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The myths and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans reveal the ways in which they viewed the sun.

Paweł Janiszewski

Magazine / society
On Acceptance
On Acceptance
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The idea of accepting what there is may feel cliched. Yet, when applied with moderation and a sprinkling of help from the Stoic philosophers, it might prove to be a useful exercise after all.

Piotr Stankiewicz

Magazine / society
Say Yes to the World
Say Yes to the World
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In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the infamous words: “God is dead.” Yet rather than being a provocative attack on religion, the philosopher’s statement was an invitation to affirm one’s life.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Teacher of Joy
The Teacher of Joy
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Nachman of Breslov may have been an 18th-century Hasidic master, but his spiritual teachings – especially those on joy – are nonetheless relevant to all of our lives today.

Mikołaj Gliński

Magazine / science
Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*
Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*
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Noise is all around us. So it has been, ever since we swapped our hunter-gatherer lifestyle for city-living – which is where the ancients’ complicated relationship with silence began…

Paweł Janiszewski

Magazine / culture
The Reverie of Rambo
The Reverie of Rambo
Magazine / culture

According to Heraclitus, gods live everywhere – even in those things we find repugnant. We might find some surprising insight in the worldview of John Rambo, too.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Magazine / society
The Happy Moments Trap
The Happy Moments Trap
Magazine / society

We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives.

Adam Aduszkiewicz

Magazine / society
You Must Change Your Life
You Must Change Your Life
Magazine / society

In uncertain times, many of us look towards developing our self as a means of adapting to changing circumstances. Along the way, we may be helped by the likes of Jordan Peterson and Peter Sloterdijk.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Reading / society
Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
Reading / society

Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Magazine / society
The Temptation of the Desert
The Temptation of the Desert
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In the 3rd century AD, different Christian hermits, ascetics and monks began to inhabit the deserts of Egypt. They were often visited by demons, and in the case of Saint Anthony, endured supernatural temptation.

Adam Aduszkiewicz

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The Breath of the Universe
The Breath of the Universe
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The Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece believed that breath played a fundamental role in structuring cosmic existence.

Paweł Janiszewski

Magazine / society
The Gospel According to Pinker
The Gospel According to Pinker
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Steven Pinker talks about Enlightenment values, conspiracy theories, and why we should all be more optimistic about the future.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Reading / society
Narcissus’ Reflection in the Matrix
Narcissus’ Reflection in the Matrix
Reading / society

According to philosophers, popular culture and Elon Musk, there’s a strong possibility that reality is an illusion. Could this be true?

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Reading / society
There’s an Elephant in the Room
There’s an Elephant in the Room
Reading / society

Noam Chomsky talks about who rules the world, the threat of climate change, and the breakdown of global democracy.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Past Perfect
The Past Perfect
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We throw out old, broken objects and worry about how we will look in the future. Yet, as the Japanese art of ‘kintsugi’ shows, it’s also possible to make the imperfect beautiful.

Aleksandra Reszelska

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Let’s Bury Young Werther
Let’s Bury Young Werther
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Philosopher Alain de Botton talks about how Romanticism has shaped our notions of love and what we can do to deconstruct this.

Aleksandra Reszelska

Reading / society
Non-Divine Software
Non-Divine Software
Reading / society

Daniel C. Dennett talks about an imaginary bright green dog, heterophenomenology, and how the self can be compared to dollars and pounds.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Magazine / society
History Did Not End
History Did Not End
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Carlo Strenger talks about the failures of Obama, how humans are like chimpanzees, and why we should all panic.

Tomasz Stawiszyński