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The 20 Most Delectable Vegetarian Recipes Of The Year

In 2015 we learned a lot about our carnal instincts, mostly that our carnal instincts didn’t have us craving barbecue as much as we thought. Sure, …

The House That Could Save the World

The next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change—and how we live.<p>In July, when Portland was sweltering at upwards of 100 degrees, the tenants of The Orchards wondered if they had air conditioning. The temperature in their apartments never rose above 70.<p>They …

Housing

A Point of View: Is it ever right to try to create a superior human being?

<b>People have long dreamed of improving humanity through science, but what results might no longer be human, argues the philosopher John Gray.</b><p>More than 70 years ago, the Oxford linguist, writer of fantasy fiction and theologian CS Lewis wrote:<p><i>Man's conquest of nature, if the dreams of some scientific</i> …

Singularity

The Best Books on Pragmatism

To begin with, could you say what pragmatism is?<p>It’s a difficult question because the earliest philosophers in America who we associate with …

Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?

The professor who teaches Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory claims, "This course will change your life."<p>Picture a world where human relationships are challenging, narcissism and self-centeredness are on the rise, and there is disagreement on the best way for people to live harmoniously …

Self-Scrutiny Applied with Kindness: Epictetus’s Enduring Wisdom on Happiness and How Philosophy Helps Us Answer the Soul’s Cry

Marcus Aurelius’s <i>Meditations</i> remains one of humanity’s most significant and influential packets of thought on what it means to live a meaningful life. And yet Aurelius’s ideas were profoundly shaped, if not heavily borrowed, from those of his most formative mentor, the great Stoic philosopher</b> …

Culture and the Death of God review – has Terry Eagleton become the Jeremy Clarkson of philosophy?

Eagleton gives high-performance ideas a quick spin as he surveys the history and philosophy of religion<p>Read further: the puzzle of John Carey<p>Atheism is in trouble, according to Terry Eagleton. Throughout the 20th century it went from strength to strength, as churches lost their congregations and …

Philosophy is not religion. It must not be taught that way

A new draft syllabus for A-Level philosophy has been published. Out goes free will and aesthetics – in comes compulsory philosophy of religion<p>For A-level students in the UK, there is only one exam board that runs a real philosophy course. And that's about to be changed into yet another religious …

‘Nothing immoral in being atheist’

Over 250 atheists from across the country gathered here on Sunday, and called for solidarity in the face of rising religious intolerance.<p>The …

10 Mind-Altering Philosophy Books from 2014

Philosophy books often don’t get their due. They’re usually long, often badly written, frequently pompous and annoying, and sometimes even poorly …

Books