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And the Child Shall 'Child' Me -- How Children Help Us Flourish at Every Age and Stage

Christopher Phillips | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Would a better term for the raising of a child be 'childing'? I did some gumshoe work. Turns out the term 'childing' first arrived on the scene around 1250 A.D. Collins American dictionary defines it as: "bearing a cluster of newer blossoms around an older blossom."

The School of Life: An Interview With Alain de Botton

Mark Matousek | Posted 05.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

The author of "How Proust Can Change Your Life" tells it like it is Alain de Botton is one of my favorite living writers. Best known for brilliant, g...

Nostalgia

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Millions of tourists from all over the world are visiting Greece every year. This pilgrimage started about two millennia ago when the Romans run the Mediterranean.

Existential Questions for a More Meaningful Valentine's Day

Skye Cleary | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women
Skye Cleary

Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, at the very least it's a reminder to reflect on our relationships, and to think about how we can love better...

What Is Authentic Love? Simone de Beauvoir on Romance

Skye Cleary | Posted 01.07.2016 | Women
Skye Cleary

Does finding "the one" and living happily ever after sound ideal? Has your happiness ever depended on a lover? Has your lover ever tried to stop you from pursuing your hopes and dreams (or vice versa)?

A Stoic Guide to Coping With the Holidays

Skye Cleary | Posted 12.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Skye Cleary

With drunk and flirty coworkers at holiday parties, rowdy relatives at family gatherings, and the inherent foibles of holiday travels, there is a neve...

How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

Welders and Philosophers

Tom Morris | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Tom Morris

In the most recent Republican presidential primary debate, Senator Mark Rubio said: "For the life of me, I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers."

How to Love Yourself: Max Stirner's Relationship Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Although Max Stirner was more famous for extreme individualism and inspiring radical feminists than for relationship advice, Stirner loved loving and argues that we can't have really rewarding relationships unless we love ourselves first.

Existential Fashion Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 09.04.2015 | Style
Skye Cleary

While we don't know what was in Søren or Regine's bag, below are a few suggestions regarding what your bag might reveal about your existential lifestyle.

Simone de Beauvoir and Loving Authentically

Skye Cleary | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Skye Cleary

Romantic loving is, for Simone de Beauvoir, existentially dangerous. Romantic relationships can be such intoxicating experiences that lovers get lost in euphoria. Authentic loving, according to Beauvoir, needs to overcome such traps.

Eastern And Western Philosophers Have Their Rap Showdown, Finally

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Comedy

Even great men of ideas have to fight for their street cred sometimes. Famous Eastern and Western philosophers clash in a rap throwdown that is roc...

10 Questions to Discuss Before Marrying According to a Gay Philosopher

Skye Cleary | Posted 06.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Skye Cleary

Nietzsche loved love and thought highly of marriage. Yet, he worried about love's intoxicating and delusional nature and encourages lovers to balance passion with reason by ensuring that marriage is a strong and meaningful choice.

What Makes Society Unfair?

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

Many of us feel that our societies are a little – or even plain totally – ‘unfair’. But we have a hard time explaining our sense of injustice ...

Why the Soul Is Tiptoeing Back Into the Conversation

Stafford Betty | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Mind-body dualism, or the belief, roughly speaking, that we are a combination of body and soul, is not exactly coming back into respectability in leading philosophical circles, but it does show signs of tiptoeing back into the conversation.

Multiverse Concept May Be MUCH Older Than You Think

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science

The idea that our universe may be just one among many out there has intrigued modern cosmologists for some time. But it looks like this "multiverse" c...

Kitsch, Cons and Cameras: Rescuing Paris' Panthéon

Frank Browning | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Frank Browning

Now JR's gargantuan black and white snapshots, not unlike those in your high school yearbook, will "prove" that any French person can participate in the Republican restoration of France's temple of great (wo)men.

Total Recall of Parenthood: Happy Memories?

Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle

Winston: Vic, we have a special guest for our post today! Dr. David John Baker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. V...

Living Well, According To Some Of The Wisest People Who Ever Lived

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Since ancient times, philosophers have been preoccupied with the big questions: What does it mean to live a good life? What is happiness? Does human l...

"Truth" Examined

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Truth consists of moments. And the despot returns when, in the name of that ultimate truth whose itinerary he claims to know, he says to the laggards, that is, to those of us who commit the fatal error of clinging to what has just gone out of date: "Silence! Heed me and obey," or simply "Get moving!"

The Philosopher King of Reality TV

Tom Morris | Posted 05.06.2013 | TV
Tom Morris

Andy Cohen, if you're out there wondering what in the world is next for the broadening realm of reality television, I offer you a shot at co-producing any of these exciting real-world dramedies.

His Own Harshest Critic

Joseph Sutton | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
Joseph Sutton

Spurious seems committed to solving the paradox of one who has committed his life to thinking, to understanding, but on any given day would rather play Doom on his cellphone.

Philosopher Wants To Make High-Brow Porn

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home

In a world where the overtly sexual novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" can dominate the cultural landscape -- and the best-seller lists -- it seemed likely ...

Young Black Philosophers Respond to the Trayvon Martin Case

Myisha Cherry | Posted 05.29.2012 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Very few of the facts in the case of Trayvon Martin's death are in dispute. On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old honor student Martin was visiting his fa...