Freud the philosopher
Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism
Agony in the agora
Democracy, by nature, is a contest between clashing political desires. That is why the public square matters so much
America’s hidden philosophy
When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US society
The anger of Achilles
Homer’s warrior is no mere tragic human figure: fuelled by anger, he is at once a man of honour and a sword of the gods
Of money and morals
Moneylending has been taboo for most of human history. So how did usury stop being a sin and become respectable finance?
Had a good think lately?
Not busy-work, ticking off to-do lists or keeping-up-with-stuff. Just sitting. And thinking. Is it so hard?
How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out
Has art ended again?
Ever since Hegel, artists and critics alike have been claiming that art is finished. But what could that actually mean?
The cosmology of Poe
Drawing on intuition, Edgar Allan Poe offered some remarkably prescient ideas about the universe in his poem 'Eureka'
What lurks beneath
The grand drama of Freud’s ideas has obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious
Age of sincerity
In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong