Indifference is a power
As legions of warriors and prisoners can attest, Stoicism is not grim resolve but a way to wrest happiness from adversity
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
Beyond true and false
Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing
How I found my way out of depression, thanks to the writings of the English priest who brought Buddhism to the West
ISIS is a revolution
All world-altering revolutions are born in danger and death, brotherhood and joy. How can this one be stopped?
Anger is the emotion that has come to saturate our politics and culture. Philosophy can help us out of this dark vortex
Are professional ethicists good people? According to our research, not especially. So what is the point of learning ethics?
Seduced by science and rationalism, yet tied to their families and communities, Hasidic atheists opt for a double life
Once and future sins
In 2115, when our descendants look back at our society, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?
Joy in the task
Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules. Have we lost faith in the human touch?
Why do some people believe conspiracy theories? It’s not just who or what they know. It’s a matter of intellectual character
Why Spinoza still matters
At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever
The great swindle
From pickled sharks to compositions in silence, fake ideas and fake emotions have elbowed out truth and beauty
Is it OK to have kids?
Your decision about whether to procreate is serious. That makes it philosophy’s business, alarming as that might sound
The sun does not rise
How magical thinking haunts our everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science
The god effect
Religion spawns both benevolent saints and murderous fanatics. Could dopamine levels in the brain drive that switch?
The kindness of beasts
Dogs rescue their friends and elephants care for injured kin – humans have no monopoly on moral behaviour
Dissolving the ego
You don’t need drugs or a church for an ecstatic experience that helps transcend the self and connect to something bigger
Monks with guns
Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?
The examined life
Students are working harder than ever to pass tests but schools allow no time for true learning in the Socratic tradition
Inside the mind of God
Punitive Big Brother; cosmic petty-thief-catcher; vigilant landlord. Why is God so interested in bad behaviour?
The quiet alarm
Just like pain, boredom is an aversive and unpleasant experience that we need to have in order to truly live well