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Beauty & Aesthetics
Bioethics
Cosmopolitanism
Death
Ethics
Evil
Free Will
History of Ideas
Knowledge
Logic
Meaning & the Good Life
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Political Philosophy
Values & Beliefs

Video/History of Ideas

How quantum superposition could unravel the ‘grandfather paradox’

3 minutes

Video/Values & Beliefs

An urban cowboy rides through gang-ridden streets, preaching a gospel of redemption

7 minutes

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Idea/Values & Beliefs

How ‘The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám’ inspired Victorian hedonists

Roman Krznaric

Essay/Art

Has art ended again?

Ever since Hegel, artists and critics alike have been claiming that art is finished. But what could that actually mean?

Owen Hulatt

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Idea/Ethics

Moral grandstanding: there’s a lot of it about, all of it bad

Justin Tosi & Brandon Warmke

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Essay/Sports & Games

Rules of ascent

For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?

Paul Sagar

Idea/War & Conflict

Wars are not won by military genius or decisive battles

Cathal J Nolan

Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics

Against flow

In the myth of flow, the performer soars when the music starts. But it's grit and self-analysis until the very last bar

Barbara Gail Montero

Idea/Ethics

It is sometimes right to fight in an unjust war

Victor Tadros

Classic /Meaning & the Good Life
CLASSIC

On the happy life

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE

With a new introduction and commentary by Massimo Pigliucci

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Video/Meaning & the Good Life

After a landslide destroys her village, a woman rebuilds her life in a changed landscape

14 minutes

Essay/Political Philosophy

Join the party of love

Love is not just a feeling given or received, it is an action too. It could be a radical force in politics

Max Harris

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

Idea/History of Ideas

When philosophy needed Muslims, Jews and Christians alike

Peter Adamson

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Idea/Ethics

Are human rights anything more than legal conventions?

John Tasioulas

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Essay/History of Ideas

What is good rhetoric?

Plato said we ought to be suspicious of persuasive speakers and the appeal to emotions. But rhetoric can be a civic good

Tushar Irani

Essay/Logic

Philosophy tool kit

Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade

Alan Hájek

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Idea/Values & Beliefs

‘Free speech’ is a blunt instrument. Let’s break it up

Robert Simpson

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Idea/Fairness & Equality

Hierarchy is either strictly constrained or it is indefensible

Philip Pettit

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Essay/Fairness & Equality

In defence of hierarchy

As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It's time we remembered

Stephen C Angle, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Julian Baggini and others

Essay/Political Philosophy

The last hollow laugh

Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic

Paul Sagar

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the fairest rectangle of them all?

2 minutes

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Essay/Political Philosophy

The power thinker

Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever

Colin Koopman

Video/Values & Beliefs

How a millionaire traded his wealth for happiness – and a shoeshine box

4 minutes

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today

Skye C Cleary

Essay/History of Ideas

Infinity and beyond

Georg Cantor showed that some infinities are bigger than others. Did he assault mathematical wisdom or corroborate it?

A W Moore

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Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Panpsychism is crazy, but it’s also most probably true

Philip Goff

Idea/Ethics

Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

Philip Reed

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Intelligence: a history

Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots

Stephen Cave

Idea/Ethics

There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

Richard Moore