Philosophy

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 …

Opinion

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Kant's Categorical Imperative

The In Our Time Listeners' Top 10<p>If you’re new to In Our Time, this is a good place to start.<p>Quizzes<p>Test your knowledge of the subjects covered by In Our Time.<p>The Matter of the North<p>Melvyn Bragg explores the pivotal role of England's north in shaping modern Britain.<p>In Our Time podcasts<p>Every episode …

The State of the Study of Consciousness

What’s the current state of the philosophical study of consciousness? In <i>The New York Review of Books</i>, Tim Parks (Associate Professor of Literature …

Consciousness

Philosopher of the month: Mary Wollstonecraft [infographic]

This September, the OUP Philosophy team honors Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) as their Philosopher of the Month. Wollstonecraft was a novelist, a …

Literature

Moses Mendelssohn’s Hebrew politics

How tolerant and diverse should a society be? Are there limits to the views that a society should accept? Can individuals from diverse backgrounds …

Theology

The Nature of Consciousness

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of …

Consciousness

A Marriage of Minds

Hilary Putnam’s most surprising philosophical shift began at home.

Long-form Journalism

Infrequently asked questions: The Monologic Imagination

In the online age, a tried and true method of conveying a lot of information succinctly is the “Frequently Asked Questions” portion of a webpage. In …

Challenging accepted thinking is paramount to problem solving

One of the two scientists who took part in a series of landmark interwar debates on the philosophy of science is an icon. Albert Einstein is famous …

Albert Einstein

Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination now published

My new book, <i>Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination: Visions, Minds, Ethics</i>, has just been published by Springer in trade paperback and Kindle …

Science Fiction

The Truth Is out There, the Philosophy of the X-Files

Many of us fondly recall one of the great television shows of all time, <i>The X-Files.</i> Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would find the paranormal, …

The X-Files

The value of money [excerpt]

Money. The root of all evil. It can’t buy you love, but it makes the world go round. Few people understood the vast complexities of currency better …

Karl Marx

The Methods of Analytic Philosophy

<i>People like me, who have been trying to do philosophy for more than forty years, do in due course learn, if they’re lucky, how to do what they’ve</i> …

The three principles of democracy [excerpt]

Whether or not true democracy can ever be achieved remains uncertain. Historian James T. Kloppenberg argues that while democracy can be defined as an …

What are the moral implications of intelligent AGI? [excerpt]

The possibility of human-level Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) remains controversial. While its timeline remain uncertain, the question …

Philosophy: Verso Student Reading

Continental Philosophy is one area that no self-respecting lefty student can choose to ignore, yet with dense prose and endless concepts it's a …

After Fifty Years, Why Are Protein X-ray Crystallographers Still in Business? | The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

It has long been held that the structure of a protein is determined solely by the interactions of the atoms in the sequence of amino acids of which …

Philosophy of Science

The Infidel and the Professor

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>The Scottish Enlightenment was really one of history’s intellectual golden ages, the rival of Periclean Athens,</i> …

British Philosophy

Philosophy for X-Philes

<i>The X-Files and Philosophy</i> ponders deeper questions, both in Mulder's and Scully's world and our own.Trust no one, but Fox (the network, not Mulder) …

The X-Files

Two paradoxes of belief

The <i>Liar paradox</i> arises via considering the Liar sentence:<p>L: L is not true.<p>and then reasoning in accordance with the:<p><i>T-schema</i>:<p>“Φ is true if and only …

Atheism

An Animated Introduction to Ludwig Wittgenstein & His Philosophical Insights on the Problems of Human Communication

In the recorded history of philosophy, there may be no sharper a mind than Ludwig Wittgenstein. A bête noire, enfant terrible, and all other such …

Culture

The Art of Philosophy: Visualising Aristotle in Early 17th-Century Paris

With their elaborate interplay of image and text, the several large-scale prints designed by the French friar Martin Meurisse to communicate …

University of Chicago

What You Should Know About Kant's Ethics in a Nutshell

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is, by common consent, one of the most profound and original philosophers who ever lived. He is equally well known for his …

Western Philosophy

Aquinas and Descartes to Kant: The Origins of Early Modern Philosophy

The early modern period was one of the most innovative moments in Western philosophy, during which new theories of mind and matter, of the divine, …

Big History

What Is Virtue Ethics?

“Virtue ethics” describes a certain philosophical approach to questions about morality. It is a way of thinking about ethics that is characteristic …

How Does an Atheist View Ethics and Morality?

What are Ethics and Morality?<p>Atheists and theists frequently debate morality on several levels: what is the origin of morality, what are proper moral …

Ethics

Skimming the shallows

Written by Pratap Bhanu Mehta |<p>The evolutionary and collective language Jaggi Vasudev speaks in relation to consciousness is a product of 19th …

Consciousness

These Are the 3 Basic Principles of Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is one of the most important and influential moral theories of modern times. In many respects, it is the outlook of​ David Hume, …

Happiness

How to Talk About Empiricism

Interview by Richard Marshall<p>‘<i>Scientific realists take the basic criterion to be ontological, they take the ultimate aim to be the construction of</i> …

Philosophy of Science

What Is Ethical Egoism?

Ethical egoism is the view that each of us ought to pursue our own self-interest, and no-one has any obligation to promote anyone else’s interests. …