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Aeon Magazine

Since 2012, Aeon has established itself as a unique digital magazine, publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. We ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts.

  • Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men?
    A recent study of users of novel psychedelic substances found, probably to no-one’s surprise, that they are more likely than average to be male, white and college-educated. This has been the public face of psychedelic culture ever since it emerged more than half a century ago. All of its figurehe...By… Read more »
  • Re-made in China
    From Marxism to hip hop, China’s appropriations from the West show that globalisation makes the world bumpy, not flatBy Amy Hawkins & Jeffrey WasserstromRead at Aeon Read more »
  • Little brother
    The Toronto-based filmmaker Dominique van Olm and her younger brother Dexter are separated by 13 years and hundreds of miles, so they spend very little time together. In Little Brother – a ‘hybrid of documentary and narrative fiction’ – van Olm takes that reality and turns it into an experiment… Read more »
  • Animals do have memories, and can help us crack Alzheimer’s
    For almost as long as modern science has been around, the idea that animals can remember past experiences seemed so preposterous that few researchers bothered to study it. Surely only humans, with our big, sophisticated brains, could be capable of ‘episodic’ memories – recalling a trip to the gro...By April… Read more »
  • Against disenchantment
    The move away from myth and toward reason is an ancient human impulse. But must enchantment be the enemy of enlightenment?By Jason Josephson StormRead at Aeon Read more »

Daily Nous

Daily Nous provides information and news for and about the philosophy profession. The site is maintained Justin Weinberg, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina.


Arts & Letters Daily

Arts & Letters Daily is brought to you by The Chronicle of Higher Education. New material is added to Arts & Letters Daily six days a week. Our motto, “Veritas odit moras,” is found at line 850 of Seneca’s version of Oedipus. It means “Truth hates delay.”

  • “As far as I am concerned, everybody should write like a man.” Terry Castle sounds off on the authorial life, self-importance, and the value of humor Read more »
  • Lillian Ross’s brilliant viciousness spanned American letters: Capote was a leech, Nora Ephron a liar. And you wouldn’t have wanted to get her started on the NYRB Read more »
  • Intellectuals agree: Unlike our ancestors, we live in a disenchanted society. But what of our obsession with healing crystals, chakras, and the occult? Read more »
  • Kissinger, Rostow, and Brzezinski were academics who became influential policy makers. How did political science become irrelevant to politics? Read more »
  • In the 1980s, George Will’s conservatism was prophetic. Today his political sensibility is antiquated, addressing problems that no longer exist Read more »

Philosophy News

The website philosophynews.com was launched in 1997 by a blogger named Richard Jones under the name Philosophy News Service and started mainly as a service-oriented website to help inform the philosophical community about events like conferences and publications, philosophy-related news, and information about philosophers.

Today, Philosophy News has broadened its vision in an attempt to reach a wider readership and bring philosophy to both professionals and non-professionals alike. While the site still counts professional philosophers as a core part of its readership, reaching intelligent readers in other disciplines and laypersons interested in philosophical topics is an important secondary focus.


Blog of the American Philosophical Association

The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.

  • Student Reflection Snapshot: Savannah Pearlman
    This series of Student Reflections is based on interviews conducted by Elyse Purcell and Sarah Horne during the APA’s 2019 Central Division Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Savannah Pearlman received her B.A. ... Read more...
  • The Question of Revolutionary Responsibility and Erica Burman’s Fanon, Education, Action
    by Nigel Gibson What I want to present here is a part of a larger ongoing discussion of the centrality of Frantz Fanon’s work as ... Read more...
  • Recently Published Book Spotlight: The Cunning of Imagination
    Eugene Garver Ph.D.’s is from the Committee for the Analysis of Ideas and the Study of Methods at The University of Chicago. Since then, he ... Read more...
  • APA Member Interview: Annette Martin
    Annette Martin is a PhD candidate in philosophy at New York University. She works in social philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of race, and her current ... Read more...
  • We Have a Crisis in U.S. Higher Education
    by Chris Rawls The teaching structure of higher education has altered drastically in the past two decades and those in power do not want to ... Read more...

Brain Pickings

Oh hello. My name is Maria Popova. I am a reader and writer, and I write about what I read here on Brain Pickings — my one-woman labor of love. Drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought is a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life.


Philosophy Now

Welcome to Philosophy Now, the bi-monthly magazine for everyone interested in ideas. Published since 1991, it is the winner of the 2016 Bertrand Russell Society Award. Please look around!

  • The Parable of the Atheist and the Logical Positivist
    Michael Langford drops in on the afterlife for an argument about personal identity.
  • Confucius
    by Kenneth White
  • Philosopher at a Film Festival
    Thomas E. Wartenberg reports from the 22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.
  • About Aboutness
    Raymond Tallis has some thoughts about intentionality.
  • Letters
    Remarks Re: Marx • Looking@Locke • Free For All • Wrong Footed On Ought v Is • Making Not Much of a Difference • Ethics of Future Groups • Elements of Spinoza • A Stand on Rand • Artful Dodging • Plumb This

Existential Comics

A philosophy comic about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world. Also jokes.


1,000-Word Philosophy

Welcome to 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, an ever-growing set of original 1000-word essays on philosophical topics. We publish new essays frequently, so check back for updates.

  • The Sleeping Beauty Problem
    Author: Daniel Peterson Categories: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Logic and Reasoning Word count: 998 Imagine that Beauty takes part in an experiment: on Sunday night, she is put to sleep. Then, the experimenters flip a fair coin. If the coin lands heads, Beauty is awakened on Monday, then is put… Read more »
  • Wu-Wei: Acting without Desire
    Author: Henrique Schneider Categories: Chinese Philosophy, Historical Philosophy Word Count: 997 Wu-wei (無爲, wúwéi) is a central concept in early Chinese philosophy. However, different schools of thought conceptualized the notion differently, so it is difficult to briefly capture its multiple senses and uses. Our focus here will be on one… Read more »
  • Reparations for Historic Injustice
    Author: Joseph Frigault Category: Philosophy of Race, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics Word Count: 996 History is marked by large-scale injustice. In the United States alone, Native Americans were violently displaced, Africans were enslaved and their descendants subject to lynchings and Jim Crow laws, and Japanese Americans were interned during… Read more »
  • Camus on the Absurd: The Myth of Sisyphus
    Author: Erik Van Aken Category: Phenomenology and Existentialism, Ethics Word Count: 1000 “There is only one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” –  Albert Camus It might seem flippant to remark that the… Read more »
  • Vagueness
    Author: Darren Hibbs Categories: Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics  Word Count: 1000 How tall do you have to be to be tall? How much hair do you have to lose to be bald? How old do you have to be to be old? It is an unremarkable feature of language that words… Read more »

History of Philosophy without any gaps

Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King’s College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, “without any gaps.” The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

  • Freschi on the principle of charity
    I came across this lovely quote re-reading a piece by Elisa Freschi on Mimamsa philosophy: "The probability that a theory is preposterous and naive is lower than the probability that we do not fully understand it." Words to live by. Read more »
  • Volume 5 Indian Philosophy publication date
    Jonardon and I have now been given a specific date for the publication of Classical Indian Philosophy, the book based on the podcast series we did on Indian thought: if all goes well it will come out in March 2020! And before that Medieval Philosophy should appear in September, I… Read more »
  • What to expect when you're expecting Africana philosophy part 2
    This coming Sunday (May 26, 2019) Chike and I will be launching part two of the series on Africana philosophy; the overview page for these episodes is already up and has general further reading suggestions. To whet your appetite here is our current thinking on what will be covered. Note… Read more »
  • Google Play
    Hey North Americans! You should now being able to listen to both feeds of the podcast on Google Play (service not available outside N America). Here are the links: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iyme5gdw6w76p3yhsu52zn7as5a https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Irbqpnsan4fafpi6zp6blpmddty Read more »
  • Kwame Gyekye
    One of the leading figures in the story we've been telling about Africana Philosophy has been Kwame Gyekye; recently the sad news of his passing has been announced. For me learning about his work in the field of African thought was a revelation because I knew him previously only as… Read more »

UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the successor of the League of Nations’ International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.


Quartz

Quartz was founded in 2012 to serve a new kind of business leader with bracingly creative and intelligent journalism that’s built for users first. We help our audience see around corners, navigate disruption in their industries, build fulfilling careers, broaden their views of the world, and enjoy lives rich with culture.


/r/askphilosophy

Reddit is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. Posts are organized by subject into user-created boards called “subreddits”, which cover a variety of topics including news, science, movies, video games, music, books, fitness, food, and image-sharing. Submissions with more up-votes appear towards the top of their subreddit and, if they receive enough votes, ultimately on the site’s front page.


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