American Philosophy

Mike Pence just settled it: Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill can’t guarantee protections for preexisting conditions

A major public flash point in Republicans' efforts to repeal Obamacare is whether it will protect people with preexisting conditions.<p>We're arguing about it for two reasons:<p>1. Jimmy Kimmel<br>2. What the bill says it would do on paper for people with preexisting conditions and what it would do in …

Health Care

11 Book Recommendations From Famous Authors, So You Can Read Like A Writer

If you're ever looking to boost your To Read list, check out what the best writers are reading. Here are 11 book recommendations from literary stars …

Literature

If your pay is not yours to keep, then neither is the tax – Philip Goff

Some radical libertarians hold that all taxation is immoral, on the grounds that it amounts to the state stealing the money of private citizens. This …

Fascism

AI needs a human touch to function at its highest level

There is an old saying that speaks to the current state of AI: “To someone holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” As companies, governments, and organizations scramble to be in the vanguard of this new generation of artificial intelligence, they are trying their best to persuade everyone …

Machine Learning

Megan McArdle has a lot of bad ideas

And, unfortunately, the Bloomberg columnist publishes five times a week.<p><i>Bloomberg View</i>’s Megan McArdle is perhaps one of the worst living writers. …

Ayn Rand

11 Books About Feminism To Help You Grow In The Movement

It’s no secret that even among feminists, there is not always one clear definition about what feminism means — and as any Gender Studies 101 class …

Feminism

This Modern Tulum Treehouse Integrates Local Craftsmanship and Nature Conservation with Luxe Amenities

The Swiss Family Robinson could have benefited from this luxury treehouse’s offerings of outdoor showers, a full kitchen, and luxurious skincare …

Travel

Forfeit Of The Will

<b>Whether we are free to vote for Brexit or Trump or refrain from doing so - or free not to take that first dose of a drug, for that matter, is a</b> …

Neurophilosophy

Top 10 books about consciousness

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life<p>What is consciousness? At first blush this question appears to be rather simple, but with further investigation, it quickly …

Consciousness

Soft Determinism Explained

Soft determinism is the view that determinism and free will are compatible. It is thus a form of compatibilism. The term was coined by the American …

Neurophilosophy

Aronofsky's 'mother!' and the psychological horror of women's domesticity

<b>Warning: Spoilers for</b> <i>mother!</i> <b>ahead.</b><p><i>mother!</i> isn't just the name of the most WTF movie in theaters right now — it's also what critics are cursing under …

Entertainment

Kirkus announces its finalist lineup, and book prize season is looking good

The Kirkus Prize finalists were announced Tuesday, with six titles each in three categories – fiction, nonfiction and young readers literature. …

Books

The 2017 Kirkus Prize Finalists

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p><b>Walk With Me</b> by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado<p>"Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways. <i>(Picture book. 4-7)</i>” A lion accompanies a child on a walk home during a day in the city in this …

Books

Learning from libertarianism: Thanks from an unrepentant social democrat

Many political philosophers are social democrats in a broad sense of the political label. They support the use of government to improve people’s well-being through a wide variety of measures that require extensive taxation, reduce economic inequality and may well reduce the income of the best-off. …

News (U.S.)

Farewell TAP, Dumping Ayn Rand, Sewing a Button

On my mind: this what I have been hit with while renting cars this summer in Seattle. All those day rentals earning 4,000 United miles with Hertz …

Ayn Rand

Prelude to Music | Lapham’s Quarterly

The Fall 2017 issue of <i>Lapham’s Quarterly</i>, Music, is now on newsstands. With original essays by Lewis H. Lapham, Christopher Carroll, John Corbett, …

Literature

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

Learning

The Spiritual Disciplines: Study and Self-Examination | The Art of Manliness

<i>Welcome back to our series on the spiritual disciplines, which explores exercises that can be used to train the soul. The purposes and practices of</i> …

Spirituality

Feminism and the Future of Philosophy

“There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy; rage about how others I know have been treated; and rage about the conditions that I’m sure affect many women and minorities in philosophy, and have caused many others to leave.” Those …

Philosophy

American Airlines Takes the Scenic Route from Colombia to Miami

Ralph Waldo Emerson mused: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Based on the flight track below, one might think that the pilots of American …

Frequent-flyer Programs

'Disaster looms,' says head of UK's anti-Brexit party

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Liberal Democrats are to set out on Tuesday their plan to stop Brexit, with party leader Vince Cable appealing to opponents in all parties to put aside "tribal differences" and fight a divorce from the European Union.<p>The fourth largest party with 12 representatives in …

Brexit

August 2017 Was The Second Hottest August Since The Advent Of Modern Record-Keeping

Earth, 1880: the Second Industrial Revolution was well underway; Charles Darwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Fyodor Dostoevsky were all still alive; the …

Global Warming

Corrupting the Youth? A Response to Reilly

In his recent essay appearing in the Summer 2017 issue of the <i>Claremont Review of Books</i>, “For God and Country,” Robert Reilly takes Michael Hanby and …

James Madison

Introduction to the symposium on the “Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism”

Asking what is libertarianism is more like asking what distinguishes Georgetown from Foggy Bottom than asking how the White House fits together. Libertarianism is a body of related views; it has the unity of a neighborhood more so than a house.<p>There are such things as libertarian conclusions. …

News (U.S.)

Condemned to Repeat It History as Rerun

European essayist George Santayana famously wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is repeated, as it just has …

Liberal View

10 Great Homes and Landscapes to Tour in Fall

Looking to leaf-peep and visit some magnificent homes at the same time this autumn? Here are some noted residences that are open to the public and …

Architecture

How Yoga Came to the West

Western exploration of Yoga and Eastern spirituality began in the 19th century when ancient Sanskrit texts were first translated into European …

Henry David Thoreau

Inspirational Quotes are Everywhere! (But my Favorite are Right Here...)

When Nick and I were heading off on our 15-month trip through South America, Asia, and New Zealand back in 2013, I had this idea in my head that I …

Motivation

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read: Marathon Readings of Thoreau, the U.S. Constitution Are Planned in New York

192 Books is seeking readers for its epic cruise through 'Walden.' Read More

Henry David Thoreau

15 Brave Quotes to Inspire You to Be Yourself

There’s something special about a person who knows—and shows—how unique they are. Whether it’s an eccentric sense of style or a mind full of unusual …

Self-improvement