Sam Dresser
Editor, Aeon

I'm an editor at Aeon. For any and all questions you have concerning Aeon, feel free to email me at sam.dresser@aeon.co. Questions about philosophy, politics, history, and the meaning of life also welcome.

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Idea/History of Ideas

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

Sam Dresser

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Idea/Stories & Literature

The only line comedy shouldn’t cross is the no-laughter line

Casey Michael Henry

Idea/History

Palmyra’s ruins can rebuild our relationship with history

Erich Hatala Matthes

Idea/Social Psychology

Dishonesty gets easier on the brain the more you do it

Neil Garrett

Essay/History

The new authoritarians

Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as ‘new men’. This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?

Holly Case

Idea/Education

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

Jihyun Lee

Essay/Stories & Literature

Storyhealing

Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human

Gavin Francis

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Idea/Music

The night when straight white males tried to kill disco

Hadley Meares

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Essay/Art

Show me the Monet

How wealthy Americans grew to appreciate the French Impressionist painter – as an artist but also as a financial asset

Ross King

Essay/Stories & Literature

Sex and death in Homer

Why would Odysseus dump a hot nymph? Or toyboys lust after his wife Penelope? Unveiling the erotic mysteries of the Odyssey

C D C Reeve

Idea/Religion

Understanding other religions is fundamental to citizenship

Kenneth Primrose

Essay/Demography & Migration

The future is mixed-race

And so is the past. Migration and mingling are essential to human success in the past, the present and into the future

Scott Solomon

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Why children ask ‘Why?’ and what makes a good explanation

Matteo Colombo

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Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Five-month-old babies know what’s funny

Gina Mireault

Idea/Social Psychology

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Christopher Kavanagh

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

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Essay/Meaning & the Good Life

Dreadful dads

Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

John Kaag & Clancy Martin

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Idea/Politics & Government

Sovereignty can be bought and sold like a commodity

Steven Press

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Idea/Human Evolution

How we evolved from drunken monkeys to boozy humans

Robert Dudley

Idea/Ethics

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

Thomas Nail

Essay/Mathematics

Future tension

Facts about the past and present are either true or false. Can knowledge of the future offer the same degree of certainty?

Anthony Sudbery

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Idea/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

Idea/History

From the king’s touch to the princess’ hug: on magical royalty

Anna Whitelock

Essay/Demography & Migration

The great settling down

The idea that American life is increasingly transient and uprooted is a myth: people are moving less, but worrying more

Claude S Fischer

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden

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Idea/Future of Technology

How the dearly departed could come back to life – digitally

Muhammad A Ahmad

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Essay/History

Atlantic freedoms

Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution

Laurent Dubois

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Idea/History

Why historians would make bad policy advisers

Neville Morley

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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