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 the light gets out
Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the one that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude
I am not a story
Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?
When we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see – human extinction or a future among the stars?
How I found my way out of depression, thanks to the writings of the English priest who brought Buddhism to the West
Boys and girls alike
An un-consenting child, an unnecessary, invasive surgery: is there any moral difference between male and female circumcision?
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?
The self is moral
We tend to think that our memories determine our identity, but it’s moral character that really makes us who we are
The power thinker
Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever
Once and future sins
In 2115, when our descendants look back at our society, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?
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
How could they?
Some people are ruthless. Some lose control. Yet most violence remains unfathomable. A new theory lights up the darkness
The mental block
Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science. Don’t believe the hype: the Hard Problem is here to stay
I attend, therefore I am
You are only as strong as your powers of attention, and other uncomfortable truths about the self
The great swindle
From pickled sharks to compositions in silence, fake ideas and fake emotions have elbowed out truth and beauty
The case against pets
A morally just world would have no pets, no aquaria, no zoos. No fields of sheep, no barns of cows. That’s true animal rights