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What are we?

On Paul Gauguin, authenticity and the midlife crisis: how the philosopher Bernard Williams dramatised moral luck<i>By Daniel Callcut</i>Read at Aeon

20th Century

Every Steven Spielberg movie, ranked

The films of Spielberg

Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality

“What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished…”<p><i>“The need of reason is not inspired by the quest for truth but by the quest for meaning,”</i> …

Acquainted

Stephen Hawking’s Beautiful Mind

<b>A brief history of Stephen Hawking</b><p>Stephen Hawking spent his scientific life exploring some of the deepest questions a human caught in the Einsteinian opera of space and time could ask.<p>Although Einstein himself never really accepted it, his general theory of relativity predicted that if enough mass …

Must Atheists Trash Religion?

WE LIVE IN polarized times, and that’s no secret. This polarization is often noted and often lamented. It is said to be tearing our country apart at …

Religion

For the sake of society, we must let the English language evolve beyond gender

It’s been decades since I was a copyeditor, but I haven’t given up my long, trusting relationship with the Chicago Manual of Style. So when I learned that Chicago, along with the Associated Press (AP) had accepted the use of “they” as a singular pronoun last year, I was ready to go along. Not …

Language

Stoic Q&A: is love part of what is true, good, and desirable?

L. writes: I recently stumbled upon your article/essay “Stoicism on Romantic Love and Commitment” and while it was a marvelous read (you even got me …

Relationships

Two’s a crowd

Zany and earnest, political yet puckish, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were philosophy’s most improbable duo<i>By Edward Thornton</i>Read at Aeon

Why Albert Einstein was a socialist

We often like to consider the ideas of great thinkers when looking at an issue. To that end, Albert Einstein once wrote an essay explaining why he …

Who is Socrates?

Socrates (470–399 BC) was one of the most influential philosophers in all of human history. His unique form of conversation, the “Socratic method,” …

Philosophy is “Flat”

“But one great thing about our profession is how flat and un-hierarchical it is. I still think it’s the best job any one can have.”That’s Alexander …

European Space Agency

‘You sound like Kate Winslet’: How the British accent took over advertising culture

A top agency executive was giving a presentation to a client recently on a new product range. After about 90 minutes, she asked the client’s team for …

9 Words Formed by Mistakes

Of all the ways that words come into being—descent from ancient roots, handy neologisms, onomatopoeia, back-formations that make sense, borrowings …

The Philosophy of the Midlife Crisis

When he was thirty-five, Kieran Setiya had a midlife crisis. Objectively, he was a successful philosophy professor at the University of Pittsburgh, who had written the books “Practical Knowledge” and “Knowing Right from Wrong.” But suddenly his existence seemed unsatisfying. Looking inward, he felt …

Middle Age

Plato on utopia

[Revised entry by Chris Bobonich and Katherine Meadows on February 5, 2018. Changes to: Bibliography] The Laws is one of Plato's last dialogues. In …

Causality and Complementarity in Kant, Hermann, and Bohr

Kant's doctrine of transcendental idealism, as put forth in the first Critique, is best understood as a conceptual or epistemic doctrine. However …

British Idealism and the Concept of the Self

2018.02.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews W.J. Mander and Stamatoula Panagakou (eds.), British Idealism and the Concept of the …

Epistemic Theories of Objective Chance

Epistemic theories of objective chance hold that chances are idealised epistemic probabilities of some sort. After giving a brief history of this …

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Concepts of Freedom & “Existential Choice” Explained in an Animated Video Narrated by Stephen Fry

The non-existence, or non-importance, of the self has for millennia been an uncontroversial proposition in Eastern thought. But Western thinkers have …

Wittgenstein & The War

Peter Adamson says one good thing came out of WW1.Continue reading . . . News source: Philosophy Now

Hell and the Mercy of God

2018.01.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Adrian J. Reimers, Hell and the Mercy of God, Catholic University of America Press, …

Being Alone

John Burnside/ Barbara Taylor/ James Warren<p>Listen to the recording <b>here</b> or on <b>YouTube</b><p>‘Hell is other people’, noted Jean Paul Sartre—rather rudely, it …

Mystery of the Mind

In the past fifty years scientists have begun to discover how the human brain functions. In this book Wilder Penfield, whose work has been at the …

5 great unsolved philosophical questions

The discipline of philosophy covers the study of everything; from the study of knowledge, art, language, and the very nature of existence, to moral, …

Private Money in Political Philosophy

The following is a guest post* by Lisa Herzog, assistant professor or political philosophy and theory at the School of Public Policy at the Technical …

So you’re too ethical to eat meat; but should cows go extinct?

Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more popular. Alternative sources of protein, including lab-grown meat, are becoming available. This trend …

Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning and Narrative

2018.01.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alasdair MacIntyre, Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, …

On the ontology of spacetime: Substantivalism, relationism, eternalism, and emergence

I present a discussion of some issues in the ontology of spacetime.<br>After a characterisation of the controversies among relationists, …

Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan, and the Foundations of Ethics

2018.01.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dominik Finkelde, Excessive Subjectivity -- Kant, Hegel, Lacan, and the Foundations …

What is the value of rationality, and why does it matter?

Rationality is a widely discussed term. Economists and other social scientists routinely talk about rational agents making rational choices in light …