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The Best Modern Philosophy Books

<b>We’ve now explored both the most important philosophy books as well as the best philosophy books for beginners, however – naturally these lists are</b> …

University of Cambridge

34 movies to watch in your 20s

A person's 20s is one of the most exciting times in their lives.<p>Though some 20-somethings have finished college, are starting a career, and have …

Groundhog Day

Celebrate the Birthday of Blues Legend Ma Rainey—She’d Be 131 Today

<i>Went out last night with a crowd of my friends,They must’ve been women, ’cause I don’t like no men.</i><p>These scandalous lyrics, from Ma Rainey’s hit “Prove It On Me Blues,” were recorded in 1928, and were said to refer to an incident in 1925, when the singer was arrested at a wild lesbian soiree that …

10 Old-Fashioned Swears to Spice up Your Cussin'

People just don't swear like they used to. As long ago as 1944, H.L. Mencken, the great observer of American language, sadly noted that cursing had …

There's no such thing as a 'pure' European—or anyone else

When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. The village of Sumte, …

30 Excellent Terms From a 17th Century Slang Dictionary

In 1699, an anonymous lexicographer known only as “B. E., Gent.” published the first comprehensive dictionary of non-standard English. Although …

Language

10 Living Philosophers and Why You Should Know Them

It can be easy to think that all the good ideas have already been thought; after all, philosophy have been going on for more than 2500 years. But …

10 Long-Forgotten Expressions To Drop Into Conversation

When someone says that they “ate humble pie,” they mean that they had to admit to a mistake or else to something humiliating or degrading. But what …

Why Some Like It Hot is the greatest comedy ever made

Billy Wilder’s glittering masterpiece has topped BBC Culture’s 100 greatest comedy films poll. Nicholas Barber explains why.<p>In 1958, Tony Curtis was at a Hollywood party when Billy Wilder took him aside. Wilder was planning a film about two musicians who dress up as women to join an all-girl band, …

List-Worthy

Review: Benjamin Clementine, 'I Tell A Fly'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>"Behind every lion awaits a lazy dragonfly," roars Benjamin Clementine in his fierce, androgynous, abrasively beautiful voice in …

Apple Music

We Guarantee You've Felt Lebensmüde

As anyone who has embraced the term Schadenfreude knows, Germans are pros at summing up the human condition. Their extensive vocabulary of compound …

German Language

Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey

Centuries of stodgy, numbing translations of <i>The Odyssey</i> have left it a bad classroom memory for generations, a classic enjoyed mostly through …

With a scorched-earth voice and a tragic downfall, Karen Dalton’s music reflected her life

She was a favorite of Bob Dylan’s, but never quite made it<p>Every few years, a major media outlet claims it’s time to bring folk and blues singer Karen …

Activist, Singer, Writer, and “Desert Goddess” Katie Lee Dies at 98

Katie Lee was one of the early desert defenders, a brash, fearless woman known for her activism and foul mouth who fought against the Glen Canyon Dam …

Baltimore Cop Training Now Includes Plato, Baldwin

Baltimore police force brushing up on their training will be better prepared to protect and serve everyone in their community thanks to Detective Ed Gillespie’s ministrations, which includes perspectives from authors such as Plato, James Baldwin, John Steinbeck, and others. In this profile by <i>The</i> …

New York Times

This New Zealand Band Is Trying To Save Maori Culture One Head Banger At A Time

Brothers and bandmates Henry and Lewis de Jong, 17 and 15 respectively, were brought up on two things: Māori culture and metal music.<p>The two New Zealand natives fully embraced their heritage at a young age. They attended a Māori immersion primary school — known as a Kura Kaupapa — where they …

Heavy Metal

What If the Big Bang Wasn't the Beginning? New Study Proposes Alternative

Was the universe created with a Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, or has it been expanding and contracting for eternity? A new paper, inspired by …

Dark Matter

What's 'Hume’s guillotine' in Philosophy

Also known as Hume’s law or the is-ought problem, this refers to the observation that many thinkers derive prescriptive moral statements (about how …

Aristotle's Concept of Mind

2018.01.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Erick Raphael Jiménez, Aristotle's Concept of Mind, Cambridge University Press, 2017, …

Philosophy

Plato's Symposium: A Critical Guide

← Charles I acquired works by Caravaggio, Bruegel, and Raphael. He learned early on that a prestigious art collection was a prerequisite of dynastic …

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, …

Philosophy

Derrida’s Quarrel: “La Différance” at 50

EXACTLY 50 YEARS AGO on this day, on Saturday, January 27, 1968, Jacques Derrida, then <i>maître assistant</i> at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, delivered his …

A simple Stoic timeline

It’s always a good thing to have a sense of the development of ideas, so as to be able to put them in a broader historical and cultural context. This …

Ancient History

George Orwell Creates a List of the Four Essential Reasons Writers Write

Everyone should learn to write well, I used to tell students in Composition classes, and I believed it. To write well, in a certain sense, is to …

Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 116

Home <b>›</b> Plato's Suggestions <b>›</b> <b>Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 116</b><p><i>on</i> February 2, 2018 • ( 134 )<p>Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested …

Philosophy

Set the World on Fire | Keisha N. Blain

Set the World on Fire<br>Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom<p>Keisha N. Blain<p>288 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 illus.<br>Cloth Feb 2018 | ISBN …

3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

To mark Black History Month, Penguin Classics is reprinting six early 20th century books by African-American writers. The five Harlem Renaissance novels, along with W.E.B Du Bois' 1903 masterwork, <i>The Souls of Black Folk,</i> are much more than a summons to reader-ly duty. Rather, they're a shake up and …

Black History

Forebears: Bessie Smith, The Empress Of The Blues

<i>This essay is one in a series celebrating women whose major contributions in recording occurred before the time frame of NPR Music's list of</i> <i>150 Greatest Albums Made By Women</i><i>.</i><p>She was big and brown and built high off the ground — "a hell of a woman," men called her, but most women said she was</i> …

Aretha Franklin

By the end of his life, Martin Luther King realized the validity of violence

The riots of 1967 changed how the great man saw the struggle<p>In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. was less than a year away from his death. …

Martin Luther King, Jr.