Values & Beliefs


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Values & Beliefs

Idea/Values & Beliefs

Life-and-death thought experiments are correctly unsolvable

Julian Baggini

Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

25 minutes

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Free speech debates are more than ‘radicals’ vs ‘liberals’

Eric Heinze

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Video/Knowledge

Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes

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Idea/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

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Essay/Ethics

Honestly, it’s fine!

Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?

Rebecca Roache

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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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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

Idea/Ethics

Showing off is easy to condemn, but is it always bad?

Sandy Grant

Idea/Stories & Literature

Why Sasquatch and other crypto-beasts haunt our imaginations

Ed Simon

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Idea/Ethics

Being moral means you can never do enough

Michael Mitchell

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Essay/Death

The be all and end all

Being with someone in death entails more than just physical wellbeing. Can end-of-life care make space for spirituality?

Christopher Harding

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Essay/Knowledge

The examined life

Students are working harder than ever to pass tests but schools allow no time for true learning in the Socratic tradition

John Taylor

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Idea/Ethics

The desire to fit in is the root of almost all wrongdoing

Christopher Freiman

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

Video/Family Life

‘Space to grow’: on being young, anxious and American in a Zen Buddhist family

12 minutes

Essay/Religion

Religion without belief

Most Japanese reject religious belief while embracing multiple forms of ritual practice. Are they religious or secular?

Christopher Kavanagh

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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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Idea/Ethics

Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility

Costica Bradatan

Essay/Social Psychology

Truth in stereotypes

Social scientists dismiss them, but rather than being universally inaccurate, stereotypes are often grounded in reality

Lee Jussim

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Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

5 minutes

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Essay/Values & Beliefs

Beyond anger

Anger is the emotion that has come to saturate our politics and culture. Philosophy can help us out of this dark vortex

Martha C Nussbaum

Essay/Death

Nadia’s story

It is a decision that no parent should have to make: should we let our very sick baby die before she was born?

Ana Todorović

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Idea/Ethics

Should a human-pig chimera be treated as a person?

Julian Savulescu

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Essay/Religion

Against Muslim unity

Even the pilgrimage to Mecca exposes the myth of a united Islam and the formative power of the wider world

Faisal Devji

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Idea/Philosophy of Mind

The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it

Keith Frankish

Essay/Religion

Is God a silverback?

Protective, omnipotent, scary and very territorial. The monotheistic God is modelled on a harem-keeping alpha male

David P Barash

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Idea/Cosmopolitanism

The lack of diversity in philosophy is blocking its progress

Peter Levine

Essay/Gender & Sexuality

Gender is not a spectrum

The idea that ‘gender is a spectrum’ is supposed to set us free. But it is both illogical and politically troubling

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

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Idea/Ethics

Would it be immoral to send out a generation starship?

Neil Levy