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Google Gets a Philosopher to Decide Who Gets "Forgotten"

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.30.2014 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Google has announced that they are now accepting requests from Europeans to take down links to unflattering or potentially damaging reports or content. What lies ahead is an ethical and legal morass of issues and contentious debate.

Hell Is a Myth -- Actually, a Bunch of Myths

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

So why do we continue to have such a fascination with the hell of Dante's imagination? The sad truth is that Dante's hellish vision has been useful in promoting colonizing, crusades and "conversions" for the last 700 years

Advice For Those Who Want To Change The World

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 05.05.2014 | World

The world needs changing in all sorts of urgent ways: the great question is how to do it. The most popular and appealing answer has long been that one...

Why I Teach Plato To Plumbers

The Atlantic | Scott Samuelson | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. B...

Zelda Explains It All

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 04.28.2014 | Comedy

The makers of "Thug Notes" have decided to make learning even more fun in their new series. In "8-Bit Philosophy" we see our favorite classic vide...

First Nighter: Athol Fugard's Shadow..., Richard Maxwell's Isolde

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Although Athol Fugard turns 82 in June and his protagonist in The Shadow of the Hummingbird is already 84, the two-year difference in ages doesn't keep the deeply charming and charmingly deep 60-minute exercise from instantly registering as autobiographical.

Ride the Thunder: The Art of Transforming Your Life

Georgia Metaxa | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Georgia Metaxa

What helped me through the hurricane was an inner voice coming from a place unknown to me, like the "daemon" of Socrates. For the question, "How can he get over his illness and get well again?" the answer was: "He needs to remember his true self."

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Why We Should Still Read Plato Today (NEW BOOK)

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

I wanted to use Plato to argue that philosophy makes progress. I wanted to use Plato both to show his relevance but also to show how far we've come since him, not only scientifically but also philosophically.

Joan Moran: 7 Danger Signs That Your Platonic Relationship Is About to End

Red Room | Posted 05.01.2014 | Women
Red Room

What made these men think that there was a natural progression from platonic friendship to future romantic coupling? What happened to the mutual commitment to the values and benefits of a successful platonic relationship?

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

In Defense of Reading -- Again

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Reading has always presented challenges, and those of us who love it have always both feared and worked for its survival. Perhaps it is that very fear that keeps us working, and in turn keeps reading -- and writing, for that matter -- so dynamic, satisfying, and vital.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

Actualizing the American Dream: What If Wise People Ran the Country?

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
John Amodeo, PhD

What freedoms? Well... your freedom to remain poor -- and get sick and not afford health care. Your freedom to remain in the rat race of pursuing the American dream with a questionable chance of actualizing it.

Joyless Justice: The Unhappy Legacy of Pakistan's Newly 'Independent' Judiciary

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

I am hopeful with the retirement of the infamous Chief Justice, Pakistan will not only have an independent judiciary but an unbiased one as well. Unlike Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the remaining Justices are the true heroes of the Lawyers' Movement.

Tech Leave You Cold? Major in Philosophy!

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Sigman

If I had to choose one word to explain why I chose philosophy as my college major, that word would be "Nausea." I'm talking, of course, about Nausea,...

Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?

Derek Abbott | Posted 11.10.2013 | Science
Derek Abbott

Remember how irrational numbers petrified the bejesus out of the Pythagoreans? Or the interminable time it took mankind to introduce a zero into arithmetic? Recall the centuries of debate that occurred over whether negative numbers are valid or not?

The Man of Steel Represents American Values

Aamir Hussain | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

Although our nation remains intensely divided, we can all look up to Superman as what we can, and perhaps should be. Superman's greatness lies in his humility.

How Criticism Can Change Your Life

Shayne Traviss | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Shayne Traviss

Every challenge in our lives presents us with a choice point, an opportunity to make the most suitable decision possible for our highest good. We can choose to react, which creates war or we can choose conscious action, which creates peace.

Platonism and Secularism in the Thought of Plethon

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Byzantium (medieval Greece) survived the barbarian invasions that brought the Western Roman Empire to an end in the fifth century. Medieval Greece lived for more than a millennium, for several centuries a superpower. In fact, medieval Greece spread civilization to Eastern Europe and Russia.

Everybody Say 'OPA!'

Alex Pattakos | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

The notion of the "good life" can be viewed as the human quest for meaning, a formidable challenge that involves both making a living and making a life that really matters, that has significance.

The Four Elements

Mario Livio | Posted 07.07.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Today we talk about chemical reactions occurring not only here on Earth, but even in the interstellar medium. We may have lost the naïve simplicity, but we have gained the understanding, precision, and predictive power.

Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Toni Nagy

Forcing an apology out of Ross does not address the pandemic of misogyny. This message of party culture and women as sexual objects is constantly perpetuated by the music business.

The Thought of Plato

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I hesitate to call Plato "divine" not because I have any doubts about his being a godlike Greek thinker, but because of the prejudice of our twenty-fi...

Satire Is the Best Revenge

David Misch | Posted 05.31.2013 | Comedy
David Misch

Not just satire but comedy itself begins with mocking. Plato and Aristotle said all laughter was wrong because comedy is inherently cruel (something many people still believe, especially me when I think about Ken Magnuson in 8th grade gym class).