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Philosophy

The List of Everything

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Peter Himmelman

While our research has been exhaustive, we realize that it's possible (though unlikely) we've missed something. Please bring any omissions to our attention -- but only after reading through this list carefully.

Saving the World, DIY-Style

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.

This Great Eastern Philosopher Reminds Us Of The Pleasure Of Simplicity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

In the West, we have a vague sense that poetry is good for our ‘souls’, making us sensitive and wiser. Yet we don’t always know how this should ...

How Existentialism Set Me Free

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Hanley

In an unexpected way though, existentialism set me free. It reminded me that my purpose on earth was undefined and more importantly, that I could choose how to live. It reassured me that since I originated from nothing and ultimately would return to nothing, I had nothing to lose.

When Philosophy Becomes Therapy

The Atlantic | Lauren Davis | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

Philosophy has earned a reputation as a complicated, inaccessible, and irrelevant pursuit, consigned mostly to old white men in wood-paneled offices. ...

WATCH: Philosophy Explained Through Food

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.22.2014 | World

Few philosophers have achieved fame as cooks. However, many of their theories can be perfectly explained through the medium of food. Here we inaugurat...

In Conversation with Simon Critchley

Tyler Malone | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Tyler Malone

Critchley has two books being released this Fall: an examination of the man he claims is the greatest artist of the last forty years, David Bowie, and a narrative involving another of his long-time obsessions, memory theaters.

What I Learned from Baseball (Again, This Year)

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 09.17.2014 | Sports
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

Baseball is America's homegrown version of Zen Buddhism. Good day? Fine, but don't get cocky. Lousy day? Fine, too, but do better tomorrow. You win some, you lose some; some get rained out. All fine.

Do We All See the Same Colors?

Quora | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science
Quora

Color perception is a favorite topic of philosophers who like to ask: What if your color spectrum was completely inverted from someone else's? Would you be able to tell?

Part and Parcel: Okla Elliott

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Elliott's poems don't encourage us to turn to the scholars, but to turn to one another. Together, we can reinvent this risky, dangerous place as our perch.

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

The Philosophy Of Calm

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

There are so many reasons to be frantic, to run from one thing to another, to be pumped high with anxiety and dread. And yet – as we know in our hea...

Obama Is Epictetus

Lex Paulson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Lex Paulson

To understand what Obama understands is to recognize what lies in our power, as human beings and as nations, and what lies outside it. My advice: if you want to understand America's president, read a Roman slave.

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy's Little-Known Collection of Quotes to Nourish the Soul

Lucy Horner | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Lucy Horner

One of Tolstoy's most exciting publications has passed by almost unnoticed.

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 Walking Helps Us Think

Ferris Jabr | The New Yorker | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

In Vogue’s 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov offered some advice for teaching James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “Instead of perpetuating the pre...

The Ten Commandments of Science

David J. Eicher | Posted 09.04.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

Why should science not also have its ten commandments? Here is the current set of commandments through the eyes of science, in the form of objective, natural theories that should be believed.

Remembering Katrina and Surviving the Loss of Everything

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The sudden sweep of a natural or personal disaster can happen at any time causing loss of life as well as treasured property and possessions. Ancient physician Galen reminds us that resiliency should not be left to chance.

Why I Left Academia

Hippo Reads | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Hippo Reads

The lack of women and minorities in philosophy may be an anomaly in the academy, especially among the humanities, but it is not an accident.

Vegetarianism and a Clash of Cultures

Grace Li | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
Grace Li

I have not met any Chinese vegetarians. That's not to say there aren't any - I'm just saying that when my family took me out to eat in Chinatown, my mother called in advance to make sure there were vegetarian options and I felt my face burn with shame.

The Post Contemporary Paradigm

Brandon Kralik | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The word Contemporary, as it is applied to Art is a confusing one. Contemporary Art is defined as Art which owes its foundation to post-modernism, and whose concepts focus primarily on transient issues of the present moment as opposed to simply art being created within our lifetime.

Our Emotions Are the Voice of Our Soul

Jenny Florence | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Without an emotional language our relationship with ourselves will be fraught with difficulty. And yet most of us have never learned to listen to ourselves and rarely even think about our emotional health as an absolute priority..... until something goes wrong.

What Makes Life Worth Living? Take a Moment to Ask

Miroslav Volf | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Miroslav Volf

Various forces bigger than ourselves -- perhaps most of all marketing and pop culture - shape our goals without us realizing it, guiding our lives for us, often in directions that, were we to think about it, we would want to resist. Life becomes, for instance, a series of consumer decisions based on our preferences for this or that experience, or a mad race for some vaguely-defined "success."

The Rich Beer of Life

Tom Morris | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

During my first week on campus at Yale for graduate school, long ago and far away, I sat down with a famous theologian, Hans Frei, then Master of Ezra...

Why Food Is Therapy

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

At the moment, food is highly prestigious. A vast amount of attention is paid to celebrity chefs, dietary advice, new restaurants and cooking shows. W...