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The decline of the French intellectual

One of the most characteristic inventions of modern French culture is the “intellectual.”<p>Intellectuals in France are not just experts in their …

Are Peter Singer’s ideas too dangerous to hear? | The Star

“Some think Singer has gone too far and some think that he has not gone far enough.”<p>Anthony Skelton<p>Western University philosophy professor, on the …

Health Care

Why The World Does Not Exist But Unicorns Do

Interview by Richard Marshall.Markus Gabriel broods on why the world doesn’t exist and never stops wondering about Kant, existence, pluralism, fields …

Copernicus, Darwin and Freud: A Tale of Science and Narcissism

In a recent column I wrote: “In spite of all the blows dealt to our egos by science—beginning with the demonstration that the Sun and not the Earth …

Demonstration

A philosopher in the age of science

At 87, Hilary Putnam is one of the world’s greatest living philosophers. He attacks the prevailing distinction between “facts” and “values”<p>In a …

American Philosophy

Are Humans Still Evolving?

Are Humans Still Evolving?<p>Evolution is one of the biggest ideas in the modern world. It was most memorably formulated by Charles Darwin in the 19th …

Biology

Philosophers on the Charleston Massacre

Several points:<p>Historian Nell Irwin Painter had it right in <i>The</i><i>New York Times</i>, when she writes that Dylann Roof’s speech (“Y’all are raping our women …

Mental Disorders

The Theory Of Evolution Does Not Apply To Modern Human Beings

I know your blood is already boiling from reading the headline above and that your intellectual self-defense mechanisms have been activated to refute …

How to Change Minds: Blaise Pascal on the Art of Persuasion

“People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.”<p>If it weren’t for the “backfire effect” — the strange psychological phenomenon behind our propensity for self-righteousness — changing people’s minds …

David Foster

Free Will: Why Sam Harris needs to read more Philosophy

In his book ‘Free Will’ (2012) <b>Sam Harris</b> offers up the conclusion that “free will is an illusion”. I can’t say that I’m surprised given the fact that …

Philosophy’s gender bias: For too long, scholars say, women have been ignored.

<i>Generations of college students know philosophy as a subject dominated by the writings of men, from ancient Greece onward. The stereotypical figure in its history: Sage with beard.</i><p><i>In recent decades, scholars of English literature and other fields have pushed to broaden their curriculum through the</i> …

Duke University

The Dilemma Of Perspective

Quintus Curtius<p>Quintus can be found at qcurtius.com. He is the author of the books On Duties, Thirty Seven, Sallust: The Conspiracy Of Catiline And …

A Comprehensive History of Philosophy

<b>Share this infographic on your site!</b><p>We’ve learned a lot through out three-part history of philosophy graphic series. What started out as a look at …

A millennium-old argument

A THOUSAND years ago, Baghdad presented an extraordinary scene: a city of a million people, the centre of a Muslim realm which stretched from Spain …

Why Physics Needs Philosophy - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

<i>How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality?….Traditionally these are</i> …

The Unreality of Time

violscraper via flickr<p>Philosophy and physics may seem like polar opposites, but they regularly address quite similar questions. Recently, physicists …

Such a Stoic

How Seneca became Ancient Rome’s philosopher-fixer.<p>Sometime in the spring of the year 59, the emperor Nero decided to murder his mother. As you can imagine, the two were not on good terms. In a gesture designed to appear conciliatory, Nero invited his mother, Agrippina, to join him at a festival in …

Food fad evidence: Logic and science can fight misperceptions about nutrition.

<i>Paleolithic, vegan, raw, fruitarian, gluten-free, macrobiotic</i>. Whatever diet it happens to be, the first question I ask is: “For the love of God, …

Critical Thinking

Peter Singer's AMA on Reddit

Peter Singer (Princeton) did an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit today to tout his new book, <i>The Most Good You Can Do.</i> He says he may come back …

For a Narrow Expansion of Liberty — A Summary of Recent Cases Filed on Behalf of Four Chimpanzees

by Kirill Ershov<p>[updated – see postscript below]<p>This essay summarizes the recent series of New York State cases that were filed by the Non Human …

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 …

Cambridge University

Philosophy isn't dead yet

In 2010 Stephen Hawking, in The Grand Design, announced that philosophy was "dead" because it had "not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics". He was not referring to ethics, political theory or aesthetics. He meant metaphysics, the branch of philosophy that aspires to …

The Legacies of Idealism

Interview by Richard Marshall.<p>Terry Pinkard is the Ali Shuffle of heavyweight philosophers, stinging like a bee and floating like a butterfly through …

The Idea of Idealism - The time that does not remain*

Three nights ago I watched Nolan’s new film: <i>Interstellar</i>. One may very well say that it is a good science fiction; it probably is (I’m not an …

Hegel, Irigaray, Motherhood & Feminist Philosophy

Interview by Richard Marshall.<p>Alison Stone is a philosopher who broods to the wide depths on Schelling and nature, on Hegel on nature, on Bildung, on …

Choose Your Own Enlightenment

Retaining democracy, and warding off technocracy, requires broad participation in civic, intellectual and political life.<p>Long ago, before Westerners associated "enlightenment" with meditation or yoga, there was the Enlightenment: the philosophical revolution of the 1600s and 1700s that made the …

Outsourcing

Quantum Physics and the Abuse of Reason

<i>(Update: listen to my interview with Oxford professor Dr. Simon Saunders on this subject.)</i><p>Patriotism has been called the “last refuge of a …

14 Leadership Lessons From The Ancient Book That Inspired Machiavelli

But the ancient book that significantly influenced Machiavelli, Xenophon's "Cyropaedia" — which translates to "The Education of Cyrus" — depicts a leader who believes quite the opposite.<p>Xenophon lived sometime in the late fifth and early fourth centuries BC, about a century after the death of his …

powers, Aristotle and the incarnation

Interview by Richard Marshall.<p>Anna Marmodoro is the Clynelish single malt of the philosophy of powers universe. She takes on some of the most …