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How U.S. Interventions Dismembered the Middle East

<b>Despite everything, hawks are still pushing President Obama to send ground troops to Syria. He would be wise to reject their advice.</b><p>For the last few decades in the Middle East, the policy of western powers -- led by the United States -- has been to ensure the flow of oil; maintain stable and secure …

Middle East

December 4, 1975: Hannah Arendt Dies

Forty years ago today the philosopher Hannah Arendt passed from the realm of Being. For a few months in the middle of the 1940s, she was a regular …

J. Edgar Hoover

Woody Allen: A Retrospective by Tom Shone; Woody Allen Film By Film by Jason Solomons – review

Two studies of Woody Allen focus on the films, but diverge on the analysis<p>For an artist who professes never to read criticism, Woody Allen feeds the medium most generously. The sheer regularity of the 79-year-old film-maker’s output – averaging a film a year since 1969 – matched with its …

Woody Allen

Woody Allen: his 40 best one-liners

The New Republic Eulogizes Hannah Arendt | The New Republic

The life and death of a philosopher should have a more than personal significance. When Hannah Arendt died December 4, many people mourned a friend …

Cold War

Nein. A Manifesto

Overview<p>Nein. A Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski<p><i>#FrequentlyAskedQuestions<br>1. Ontology: what the fuck?<br>2. Causality: why the fuck?<br>3. Epistemology: how the</i> …

Can we prove that God exists? Richard Dawkins and the limits of faith and atheism

Atheists sometimes argue the case against God is the same as the case against Santa Claus. Let’s test the logic<p>Our first concern will be Richard Dawkins’s efforts to refute standard arguments for theism. These efforts suffer from a variety of logical mistakes. His critique of the cosmological …

Easter Bunny

“Democratic Socialism” Means the Loss of Liberty | The Freedom Pub

Richard Ebeling is a professor of economics at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.<p>Democratic Party hopeful, Bernie Sanders, recently outlined …

Middle-class

Immanuel Kant’s Life & Philosophy Introduced in a Short Monty Python-Style Animation

Philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is perhaps best known for his systematic philosophical ethics, conceived of as a post-religious framework for …

The End of Atheism?

In January of 2014, after a long, 19-year career as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, three theological degrees, and the slow liberalization of my belief system, I began a personal exploration of atheism that I called, Year Without God. I set out to understand the world without my "god glasses" on. …

Faith

The 15 Best Philosophical Movies of The 21st Century

Sound, color, and animation have changed the medium of 21st century film and thereby changed its potential. The emphasis may have once been powerful …

Does Trying to Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and …

Happiness

Why People Have Affairs: Distance and Closeness

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

Here’s what two famous philosophers can tell us about the popularity of Donald Trump

In the run-up to the Republican primaries, analysts have been asking, “Why is Trump so popular?” Theories abound. Conor Friedersdorf at the Atlantic has what might be the definitive compendium of possible reasons for Trump’s appeal – 22 in all, ranging from moderates who want to “hire” someone can …

Donald Trump

The Sex-Starved Relationship

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

Donald Trump

Richard Dawkins interview: 'It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer'

Richard Dawkins has always been a figure of controversy. Part two of his autobiography, now out, picks up from the publication of The Selfish Gene. A combative presence on Twitter, he is a surprisingly much quieter personality behind the scenes, writes Carole Cadwalladr<p>Britain’s most famous atheist …

Mark Twain

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness

Jimmy Carter Thinks the U.S. Is Really an Oligarchy

Thanks to unlimited political bribery in campaign financing.<p>Jimmy Carter wants to rouse the sheeple. Appearing on the <i>Thom Hartmann Program</i> earlier in the week via phone, the former President called the U.S. an "oligarchy," thanks to political bribery that he believes has tainted our country's …

Middle-class

The short guide to Woody Allen movies

This year Woody Allen turns 80, and for the last half a century he’s been one of the most famous – some would say notorious – film makers alive. …

Woody Allen

Paris Review - Woody Allen, The Art of Humor No. 1

Interviewed by Michiko Kakutani<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Woody Allen, ca. 1969. <i>Take the Money and Run</i><p>As New Yorkers know, Woody Allen is one of its more ubiquitous citizens—at courtside in Madison Square Garden watching the Knicks, at Michael’s Pub on Monday evenings playing the clarinet, on occasion at …

Literature

Friedrich Nietzsche Bio and Philosophical Style | The Art of Manliness

<i>“What does not kill me makes me stronger.”</i><p><i>“Eternal recurrence.”</i><p><i>“</i><i>Übermensch.”</i><p><i>“God is dead.”</i><p>Even if you don’t know much about philosophy, you’ve likely …

Friedrich Nietzsche

A Handy Guide to All the Philosophers Referenced in Irrational Man

Depending on your tolerance for the existential anguish that defines so many of Woody Allen’s characters, a philosophy professor is either the …

Martin Heidegger

From electronic configurations to the nature of science

One of the central concepts in chemistry consists in the electronic configuration of atoms. This is equally true of chemical education as it is in …

Philosophy

Could we explain the world without cause and effect? – Mathias Frisch

Do early childhood vaccinations cause autism, as the American model Jenny McCarthy maintains? Are human carbon emissions at the root of global …

Physics

Why does Japan have such a high suicide rate?

<b>Last year in Japan, more than 25,000 people took their own lives.</b><p>That's 70 every day. The vast majority were men.<p>Those figures do not make Japan's the highest suicide rate in the world in a developed nation.<p>That dubious title belongs to South Korea. But it is still far, far higher than virtually …

Health Care

Is ISIL winning the psychological battle? | Politics

It is a terrible world in which decapitation is so routine it becomes nearly mundane and mass executions fail to shock. Despite this desensitisation, the events of June 26 - the mass killings across three continents - have grabbed all the headlines.<p>Contrary to appearances, these actions might spell …

Middle East

The end of capitalism has begun

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian<p>The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during …

Economics

How to Deal With People Who Undermine Everything You Do

Years ago, a friend introduced me to someone who asked what I did for a living. “I work on an online video series,” I said. It was hard work, it …

Charles Taylor: «The Muslims sense raises of rejection, and that’s exactly what the ISIS recruiters want to see happening

(Versión en castellano aquí)<p><i>It would be an understatement to introduce Charles Taylor (Montreal, 1931) just as a philosopher. And that’s because this</i> …