Bertrand Russell

The Brexit-sized hole in the future EU budget

<i>The UK is a net contributor to the EU budget. Following Brexit, the loss of UK contributions will therefore likely require either a reduction in</i> …

Brexit

Nonfiction Book Review: The Ashtray (Or the Man Who Denied Reality) by Errol Morris. Univ. of Chicago, $30 (192p) ISBN 978-0-226-92268-3

The Ashtray (Or the Man Who Denied Reality)<p>Errol Morris. Univ. of Chicago, $30 (192p) ISBN 978-0-226-92268-3<p>More By and About This …

American Philosophy

The wails of righteous indignation are often far removed from the site of struggle

‘<i>What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite’</i> – Bertrand Russell<p>There’s no consensus, of course, …

British Philosophy

Long Read Review: The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff

<i>In</i> <b>The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World</b><i>,</i> <b>Maya Jasanoff</b> <i>argues that novelist Joseph Conrad’s life and works evidence a global world in the</i> …

Literature

Discover more of the ideas of tomorrow

2nd Edition<p>Philosophy of language explores some of the most abstract yet most fundamental questions in philosophy. The ideas of some of the subject's …

Philosophy

Automation, robots and the 'end of work' myth

Can you imagine travelling to work in a robotic “Jonnycab” like the one predicted in the cult Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall? The image …

British Philosophy

A Philosopher's Advice on How To Survive Dry January

Of course the physiological effects should not be forgotten. As we deny the body any calorific intake, it will start to digest its own fat stores and …

Philosophy

The scientific debates of the Vienna circle

<b>Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundation of Science.</b> By Karl Sigmund. <i>Basic Books; 449 pages; $32 and</i> …

Economics

10 Insanely Fun And Simple Philosophical Paradoxes

Quick, get out your Rubik’s Cube! Mind puzzles, brainteasers, or whatever you may call them are often fun and sometimes addictive. Logical paradoxes …

List-Worthy

15 Paradoxes That Will Make Your Head Explode

"I know one thing," Socrates famously said. "That I know nothing."<p>It's a crucial insight from one of the founders of Western philosophy: You should …

British Philosophy

Surviving 2017 with Borges: On the Art of Wonder and Wonder of Art

In an essay from 1941 on H.G. Wells and Nazism, Jorge Luis Borges expressed surprise that the English writer who had fictively sent worlds to war was …

Literature

Thinking big thoughts about the boundaries of science

<i>Alan Lightman is a writer, physicist, and professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. His next book, “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine,” about religion and science, will be published in March.</i><p>When I was a physics graduate student, I was introduced to the philosophical ideas of …

Long-form Journalism

The Reader Over Your Shoulder

An extraordinary book written in extraordinary times, <i>The Reader Over Your Shoulder</i> was begun in the summer of 1940, just after the fall of France and the evacuation of Allied forces at Dunkirk. Europe was now overrun by demagogues. Robert Graves, the celebrated English poet, novelist, and man of …

T.S. Eliot

How Isaac Newton Lost $3 Million Dollars in the “South Sea Bubble” of 1720: Even Geniuses Can’t Prevail Against the Machinations of the Markets

The Aristotelian notion of “man” as a “rational animal” has seen its share of detractors, from the Cynics to Bertrand Russell to nearly the whole of …

Culture

Søren Kierkegaard & Bertrand Russell

<i>Fear and Trembling</i>,<p>1843<p>Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further. Whether …

British Philosophy

D.H. Lawrence on the Antidote to the Malady of Materialism

“Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away.”<p><i>“It is now the most vitally important thing for all of us… to try to</i> …

Culture

The Thinker Who Believed in Doing

On a late September morning in 1891, William James walked reluctantly to his class in Harvard College’s Sever Hall. Characteristically dressed in a …

Long-form Journalism

The CIA's 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Joel Whitney’s new book, “Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers,” explores how the CIA influenced acclaimed writers and publications …

Liberal View

Nick Boles’ third type of work is an advance on Bertrand Russell

Gareth Reeves and John Smith reflect on Nick Boles’ comments about the value of work<p>“Thoughtful” Tory MP Nick Boles (Tories should morally object to universal basic income, says MP, 29 December) claims that “mankind”, being “hardwired to work”, does not “find true fulfilment in writing poetry [and] …

British Philosophy

Artificial Intelligence's "Holy Grail" Victory

The ancient board game of Go highlights AI's incredible future.<p>In 1943, at the height of World War II, the U.S. military hired an audacious …

Artificial Intelligence

7 surprises of history you'll find at the McMaster University archives

From squished mosquitoes in a research notebook to a bomb from the Vietnam War, surprises await<p>When Bridget Whittle goes to work in the basement of …

Canadian History

Sun sets in the west?

Bertrand Russell, most probably, predicted for the first time about “Rising of the East” in an essay of the same title. Watching intently, the …

Genghis Khan

We Have More in Common Than We Know

DIFFERENT KINDS of translation: Translation of, translation for, translation as —<p>Translation of … foreign — no, different — or — unheard voices. Of …

Language

Why Panpsychism Is the Jedi Philosophy

One of the stranger philosophies currently enjoying a renewal of interest is also that of your favorite group of magical space wizard monks. <br>Read More

Consciousness

Panza’s paradox

I finished reading a translation of <i>Don Quixote</i> this past spring. Miguel de Cervantes wrote the novel during the 1600s. The hero, a Spanish gentleman, …

Literature

Doctor Who Christmas special review – time, gentlemen. Now it’s Jodie’s turn

Only a Cyberman would be dry-eyed as Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi bows out with some advice for his successor: ‘hate is always foolish, love is always wise’<p>“Aw brilliant!” she says, Yorkshire-ness present and correct and looking chuffed to bits. It’s hard to disagree. Jodie Whittaker becomes the …

TV Series

In An Age of Hollow Men and Existential Angst, Re-read Sartre

As the geopolitical chessboard continues to be tossed around by ill winds, an exhausted West wallows in the mire of its own failings, and the planet …

Jean Paul Sartre

A Walking Tour of London's Most Literary Quarter---with Pub Stops

THE INTELLECTUAL HEART of London has been beating faster of late. North of Soho, the Bloomsbury neighborhood, with its orderly garden squares of soot-blackened-brick Georgian townhouses, was the stamping ground of the Bloomsbury Group, a maverick set of writers, artists and philosophers that …

London

Member Profile: Janet Fitch

<b>What’s the first book you remember reading?</b><br>A Little Golden Book version of <i>Black Beauty</i>.<p><b>Name one person who has helped form or shape your creative</b> …

Authors

Richard Avedon | Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California (1981) | Available for Sale

Although Richard Avedon’s celebrated fashion photographs have graced the pages of <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i>, <i>Vogue</i>, and <i>Life</i>, the artist primarily referred to …

British Philosophy