Western Philosophy

Lessons in Leadership From John Kelly's Favorite Book

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>How a novel from the 1930s can help the White House chief of staff navigate the Trump administration.<p>When powerful people cite books as their lodestars, they often favor …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Friendship That Created Behavioral Economics

A conversation with Michael Lewis about his new book on the research of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky<p>The term “the economic man,” or homo economicus, is attributed to John Stuart Mill. It represents one way economists have studied people for decades—as rational, self-interested actors whose …

British Philosophy

The ethics of restricting speech on social media

There are good reasons for tech companies to prohibit hate speech on their platforms. But their status as private organizations is not one of them.<p>As …

British Philosophy

George Berkeley and the power of words

According to a picture of language that has enjoyed wide popularity throughout the history of Western philosophy, language is a tool for making our …

British Philosophy

Building a Campus Antifascist Network

Antifa protesters link arms as they demonstrate at a rally on June 4, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Natalie Behring / Getty Images)<p>Given that …

British Philosophy

Technology could make us immortal. But there will be consequences.

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it's now the subject of serious investment — both intellectual and …

British Philosophy

Trendy Celebrity Baby Names That Are on the Rise

We all love raising our eyebrows at “crazy” celebrity baby names, but for every one-of-a-kind star-baby name (looking at you, Rumi and Sir), there are dozens of mainstream ones that sit quietly in the background (hello, Ella and Alexander).<p>Lately, several celebrities have picked girls’ names that …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Antifa’ Protesters United by Extreme Protest Tactics

It's pronounced AN-ti-fa — short for anti-fascists — and it is arguably either a violent far-left militia or a group of human rights activists so …

Cornel West

Is Giving People a Choice Always a Good Idea?

Giving people a choice might sound like it’s always a good thing to do, but giving a choice between two forms of moral failure is cruel.<p>It is not …

Morality

20 Philosophical Quotes on the Nature of Friendship

What is friendship? How many types of friendship can we recognize and in what degree shall we seek each of them? Several of the greatest philosophers …

Henry David Thoreau

The Atlantic Civil War Reader

A look back at how the magazine covered the conflict as it unfolded.<p>In 1857, after decades of legislative compromises, slave rebellions, and sectional squabbles, the United States stood poised on a knife’s edge. That year, the Supreme Court ruled in the notorious <i>Dred Scott</i> case that black people …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are We Different Writers When We Move From Longhand to a Screen?

“Writing,” as Voltaire’s famous maxim goes, “is the painting of the voice.” But it’s never been quite as simple as that. It’s easy to look back with …

Martin Heidegger

The alt-right loves Nietzsche, but Nietzsche would not love them

No expression of far-right idiocy is complete without a macho misreading of Nietzsche. So frequently miscast as the godfather of everything from the …

Friedrich Nietzsche

The Best Places to Source Mid-Century Homewares in Paris

If you’re on the lookout for the best of last century’s interior decor, bookmark these Parisian Instagram feeds immédiatement<p>There is arguably no …

Martin Heidegger

The Confederacy Was About Slavery, Not Progressivism

“Modern-day progressivism is one of the Confederacy’s most enduring legacies in America today. Whether they realize it or not, progressives …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tweeting @ Thoreau

Aug 18, 2017<p>20 Min read time<p><i>Walden</i> is often championed as an anti-technology manifesto. But this misses the value Thoreau found in conversations …

Henry David Thoreau

Rebuilding the Public Square after Charlottesville

We must chart out an alternative approach to politics.<p>The riots and violence in Charlottesville accentuate, like the tired chorus of a far-too-long …

Henry David Thoreau

White Cultural Heritage Doesn't Exist. The West Is Open To All

The Nazi LARPers and Confederate cosplayers at Charlottesville, along with their alt-right supporters, frequently justify themselves by claiming to …

Greek Philosophy

Trump after Charlottesville

From ProPublica, here are the hate incidents against mosques and Islamic centers since 2013. Military commanders’ rebuke of Trump after …

British Philosophy

for centuries

Not feeling the love from the sun and moon, Philadelphia, with only a partial solar eclipse on tap Monday? You don’t know the half of it.<p>Read more …

American Philosophy

The 2 Hour Rule: The Genius of Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche Applied

This curated column is authored by Zat Rana<p>Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a …

Friedrich Nietzsche

The alt-right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche. The Nazis were too.

The alt-right is obsessed with the 19th-century German philosopher. They don’t understand him.<p>“You could say I was red-pilled by Nietzsche.”<p>That’s how white nationalist leader Richard Spencer described his intellectual awakening to the Atlantic’s Graeme Wood in June. “Red-pilled” is a common …

Friedrich Nietzsche

The Human Carnage From Billionaires Trying to Carve Up the Planet to Build Their Empires Is Astounding

Raoul Peck, the Haitian filmmaker, opens his new film – Der Junge Karl Marx (2017) – in the forests of Prussia. Peasants gather fallen wood. They …

Karl Marx

People Demanding Removal of Confederate Statues Mock the Reason They Were Erected in the First Place

In the wake of a tragic weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, many have renewed the call to remove certain statues from public display — namely those …

American Philosophy

Here's What Trump Is Talking About When He Refers To Antifa As The "Alt-Left"

When President Donald Trump insisted that there should be blame placed upon the “Alt-Left” for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia …

Cornel West

To fix algorithmic bias, we first need to fix ourselves

In 2014, two 18-year-old girls found an unlocked kid’s bicycle and a Razor scooter in a residential area of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sade Jones and Brisha Borden decided to ride them a couple of blocks, laughing at how big they felt on the tiny frames. Hours later, they were thrown in jail and …

Fort Lauderdale

How ancient cultures explained eclipses

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States.<p>As the Earth and moon sweep through space in their annual journey around the sun, the three bodies align in such a way that the Earth passes into the shadow of the moon. Observers then witness a sun that is …

Greek Philosophy

Cloud sets the table, software eats the world: A conversation with Fugue CEO Josh Stella

There are two definitions of fugue. One refers to music (contrapuntal composition), and the other involves psychiatry (awareness of one’s identity). …

American Philosophy

Cornel West on Charlottesville Protests: 'This Is a Massive Awakening' - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

It's been over five days since white supremacists paraded through Charlottesville, Va., wielding torches and chanting Nazi phrases. Those who turned …

Cornel West

Violent Tribalism on Display in Charlottesville

Posted: Aug 17, 2017 12:01 AM<p>When it comes to political violence such as we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, there are no …

Ayn Rand