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Philosophy

Essays and videos on philosophy, the history of ideas, ethics and life’s big questions
We are interwoven beings | Aeon
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Metaphysics

We are interwoven beings

A dragon needs the clouds and the wind in order to fly. What happens when we too relinquish individualistic reasoning?

Mercedes Valmisa

Medieval but not Christian | Aeon
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Comparative philosophy

Medieval but not Christian

It’s shocking that histories of medieval philosophy celebrate only Christian thinkers, ignoring Islamic and Jewish thought

Yitzhak Y Melamed

The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon
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History of ideas

The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth

Martin Lenz

Pragmatism endures | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Pragmatism endures

Pragmatism was not eclipsed after Dewey: it has been a constant and dominant force in philosophy for nearly 100 years

Cheryl Misak & Robert B Talisse

A monk interviews Martin Heidegger | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

A Buddhist monk probes Heidegger on the limits, and necessity, of philosophy

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The American Aristotle | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

The American Aristotle

Charles Sanders Peirce was a brilliant philosopher, mathematician and scientist. His polymathic work should be better known

Daniel Everett

Marxism and Buddhism | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Marxism and Buddhism

Life is suffering, whether you sit under a Bodhi Tree or stand with the workers. But do the two schools agree on the remedy?

Adrian Kreutz

Ibn Tufayl and the story of the feral child of philosophy | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Ibn Tufayl and the story of the feral child of philosophy

Marwa Elshakry & Murad Idris

Australian philosophy | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Australian philosophy

Despite its reputation as remote and anti-intellectual, Australia has exercised a surprisingly deep influence on philosophy

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Tidying up is not joyful but another misuse of Eastern ideas | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

Tidying up is not joyful but another misuse of Eastern ideas

Amy Olberding

Don’t let the rise of Europe steal world history | Aeon
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Global history

Don’t let the rise of Europe steal world history

Peter Frankopan

Buddhism and self-deception | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

Buddhism and self-deception

How can I logically manage to deceive myself? Buddhist thought offers a way out of the philosophical paradox

Katie Javanaud

Modern technology is akin to the metaphysics of Vedanta | Aeon
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Technology and the self

Modern technology is akin to the metaphysics of Vedanta

Akhandadhi Das

Breath of life | Aeon
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Religion

Breath of life

Shinto is uniquely Japanese, yet embodies a once-universal animistic religion of wind and fire, gods and animal spirits

Brian Victoria

First women of philosophy | Aeon
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Comparative philosophy

First women of philosophy

Philosophy was once a woman’s world, ranging across Asia, Africa and Latin America. It’s time to reclaim that lost realm

Dag Herbjørnsrud

How Al-Farabi drew on Plato to argue for censorship in Islam | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

How Al-Farabi drew on Plato to argue for censorship in Islam

Rashmee Roshan Lall

A funhouse mirror for the soul | Aeon
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Philosophy of religion

A funhouse mirror for the soul

Alan Jay Levinovitz

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A truly African philosophy | Aeon
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History of ideas

A truly African philosophy

‘Consolation philosophy’ understands the human being as a unity of feeling and reason, in a cosmos rich with primal emotion

Ada Agada

The Buddhist monk who became an apostle for sexual freedom | Aeon
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Philosophy of religion

The Buddhist monk who became an apostle for sexual freedom

Donald S Lopez Jr

Life on the slippery Earth | Aeon
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Ethics

Life on the slippery Earth

Aztec moral philosophy has profound differences from the Greek tradition, not least its acceptance that nobody is perfect

Sebastian Purcell

The philosophy of Mexicanness | Aeon
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Comparative philosophy

The philosophy of Mexicanness

Carlos Alberto Sánchez & Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr

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Buddhists in love | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Buddhists in love

Lovers crave intensity, Buddhists say craving causes suffering. Is it possible to be deeply in love yet truly detached?

Lisa Feldman Barrett & John Dunne

Underground circuit | Aeon
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Cities

The urban commute reimagined as a rhythmic subterranean ritual

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Not your Tibetan Buddhism | Aeon
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Religion

Not your Tibetan Buddhism

Behind the beatific image of Tibetan Buddhism lies a dark, complicated reality. But is it one the Western gaze wants to see?

Mark Hay