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The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 5: Why is There Suffering in the World? -- Eight Theories

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

We were dealing with Aeschylus's view of how one might reconcile the goodness of God with the fact that so many good people suffer, as do children and infants, and yet so many bad people prosper.

Let The 'Tao Of Happiness' Be Your Guide To A Joyful, Fulfilled Life

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion

If someone told you that happiness was within your reach, without a moment's delay, would you believe them? The "counterintuitive" nature of that prop...

The Megaphone of Power

Tom Morris | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Tom Morris

The famous South African film director jumped out of his chair and ran up to me, stopping only when his nose was six inches from mine. "I'm right here...

Interactive Performance Art/ificial Intelligence -- Robotic Ape Comes to BAM

Shai Baitel | Posted 10.27.2015 | Arts
Shai Baitel

When one of the world's legendary performance artists -- Oleg Kulik -- collaborates with a visionary entrepreneur-philosopher -- Dmitry Volkov -- the audience rightly expects an intellectual blockbuster.

Devotion in Motion

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

Dedicate your day to something bigger than normal, better than average, brighter than ordinary. Trudging through life, going through the motions, has ...

The Millennial Perspective: What College Students Say About the Value of the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.23.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

The high school and college students of today are the workforce of tomorrow. They have a personal interest in the shape of the future, and they are directly affected by national conversations about educational value, access, and cost.

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.

25 College Classes That Help Students Explore The Deeper Meaning Of Life

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion

For many students, college is a time of great change and exploration when they are exposed to new ideas and meet people from different cultures and fa...

A Declaration for the Future

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Christopher Phillips

It all comes down to you, all comes down to each and every one of us to take full advantage of such one-of-a-kind opportunities to be an equal and vital part of the change we want to see in the world.

Nature: We Love it, but Does it Give a Darn About Us?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Some people go looking for God in the great outdoors. If you drop them in a kelp bed off the coast of California or on a high mountain trail fragrant with pine duff, an ineffable sense of connectedness to all things soars up in them.

What Is Maturity?

Quora | Posted 10.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul

Realizing that being special does not entitle you to special treatment.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 4: The Social Sciences as Ad Hominem

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

I am not making a case in this article for modern or traditional thought, the existence of the gods, the origin of religion or the afterlife. I am simply pointing out that attempts to refute such beliefs with fallacies are doomed to failure by their providing psychological/sociological answers to what are essentially philosophical questions.

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek on His Hero Malcolm X

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Professor Žižek shares his deep admiration for Malcolm X, whose insights Žižek believes reached the height of contemporary philosophy.

Getting to Know Her: A Vital Introduction to Hannah Arendt

John Branch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
John Branch

To reduce Arendt herself, or this book, to a few bullet points is almost laughably inadequate in many respects, as will be apparent to anyone already acquainted with Arendt's life and work.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 3: Student Reactions to Philosophy

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

It was apparent in discussing their reactions to the course that some students found it hard to accept that there are no universally agreed-upon answers to the big questions of life; that a number of plausible answers exist to those questions

Money Talks and That Starts With Your Vote

Kallen Diggs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Kallen Diggs

Election season is something that often comes for most citizens around the world. Some people vote in some or all elections while others may only focus on the presidential elections. It is something that people do quite often because they believe that their vote makes a difference.

A Change in Perspective

Barry Kibrick | Posted 09.26.2016 | Books
Barry Kibrick

After spending a hundred and seventy days and seventy-one million miles in orbit on the International Space Station, Astronaut Ron Garan had a transformative experience.

The Joy and Pain of Uncertainty

Mario Livio | Posted 09.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mario Livio

In his famous "Apology," Plato cites Socrates as saying: "That which I may not have known-through-seeing in no way I imagine myself to have known-thro...

Think Tank Creates $1 Million Philosophy Prize Because 'Ideas Matter'

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact

The Berggruen Institute, an independent think tank based in Santa Monica, California, announced a $1 million prize for achievements in philosophy. The...

Think on These Things: What Is School for?

Mark W. Guay | Posted 09.21.2016 | Education
Mark W. Guay

Incredible teachers and school leaders struggle to motivate children and help them live extraordinary lives in a school system that worked well for the factory-based industrial economy, but falls flat to help our children thrive in our current economy.

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

Bobby Azarian | Posted 09.21.2016 | Science
Bobby Azarian

Integrated Information Theory (IIT)--put forth by neuroscientists Giulio Tononi and Christof Koch--is a new framework that describes a way to experimentally measure the extent to which a system is conscious.

Why The New Berggruen Philosophy And Culture Center Aims For The Big Questions

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.19.2015 | World

There’s no shortage of thinkers, academics, artists and activists working on some of the world's biggest issues -- poverty, war, economic and politi...

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools - Part 2: Conducting Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.18.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teaching philosophy entails making students aware of what they may overlook -- the emotional advantages and disadvantages of holding a particular viewpoint. This is important because students may not even realize that the emotions can exercise a powerful influence upon thinking.

Berggruen Announces $1 Million Prize For Ideas That Span East And West

The New York Times | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 09.16.2015 | World

Western universities and private philanthropists have poured resources into China in recent years, funding scholarships, campuses and other initiative...

You Are What You (Wh)eat

Celia Kaye | Posted 09.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

In a recent New York Times article, "Your Brain, Your Disease, Your Self," authors Nina Strohminger and Shaun Nichols state that the most powerful pre...