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If Aquinas is a philosopher then so are the Islamic theologians

Peter Adamson

Essay/Mathematics

How to play mathematics

The world is full of mundane, meek, unconscious things embodying fiendishly complex mathematics. What can we learn from them?

Margaret Wertheim

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Video/History of Ideas

How did the 20th century’s most glamorous intellectual friendship go wrong?

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How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free

Sam Dresser

Idea/History of Ideas

How playing Wittgensteinian language-games can set us free

Sandy Grant

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Idea/History

‘European culture’ is an invented tradition

Benjamin G Martin

Essay/Physics

This granular life

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?

Carlo Rovelli

Essay/Logic

What is logic?

Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge

Catarina Dutilh Novaes

Idea/History of Ideas

How fashion moves philosophy forward

J Bradley Studemeyer

Video/Philosophy of Science

‘Falsification’ ruled 20th-century science. Does it need revision in the 21st?

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Idea/Ethics

We are entering a new epoch: the century of the migrant

Thomas Nail

Video/Mood & Emotion

Reason might be our puppet master but only after emotions tug on the strings

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Idea/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

Essay/History of Ideas

How not to be a chucklehead

Saturday mornings with J L Austin in postwar Oxford were a golden time for wordplay, silly jokes and serious philosophy

Nakul Krishna

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Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life

Sebastian Purcell

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Arabic translators did far more than just preserve Greek philosophy

Peter Adamson

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Video/Neuroscience

Aristotle was wrong and so are we: there are far more than five senses

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Essay/Ethics

The second sage

Confucian philosopher Mengzi provides an intriguing (and oddly modern) alternative to Aristotelian accounts of human virtue

Bryan W Van Norden

Video/History of Ideas

Why Socrates believed that sexual desire is the first step towards righteousness

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Essay/Values & Beliefs

Courage and free speech

Throughout human history there have been individuals who have been ready to risk everything for their beliefs

Timothy Garton Ash

Idea/History of Ideas

Not all things wise and good are philosophy

Nicholas Tampio

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Essay/Political Philosophy

Bruno the brave

For anyone who dares to voice dangerous ideas and risk imprisonment or exile, Giordano Bruno remains a hero

Stephanie Merritt

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Essay/History

It never was golden

‘The good old days’ is a virulent falsehood that infects those whose defences have been weakened by fear and insecurity

Alan Jay Levinovitz

Video/Ethics

Ought we accept Hume’s severing of any connection between ‘is’ and ‘ought’?

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Essay/Politics & Government

The English question

Little England may have undone Great Britain. Will a nation of dark fascism or one of green and pleasant lands emerge?

Paul Harris

Video/Art

How René Magritte turned philosophy into painting

7 minutes

Idea/Political Philosophy

Charisma is a mysterious and dangerous gift

John Potts

Idea/Logic

We must recognise that single events have multiple causes

Joe Boswell

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Video/Logic

Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?

6 minutes

Idea/Wellbeing

Why exhaustion is not unique to our overstimulated age

Anna Katharina Schaffner