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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.”

  • Good riddance to long books. Novels have generally been getting shorter since the 18th century. The Booker Prize is embracing the brevity Read more »
  • Martha Graham exuded a cool, detached air. But there was inkwell throwing, tablecloth yanking, phone slamming, and other choleric fits of pique  Read more »
  • The Italian author Francesco Pacifico tackles a complex question: Why do American editors keep editing the sex out of his fiction?    Read more »
  • How many copies of a given book were sold? Do TV adaptations lead to big sales? Book data is proprietary and locked away. Why? Read more »
  • Authoritarian offspring. Hitler was all but sexless; Stalin had three children (probably). What about Mussolini?  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.


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.

  • Not just a bowl of fruitNot just a bowl of fruit
    ‘I’m noticed for that hour’: for an ageing art model, the careful attention of others prompts a frank evaluation of her body - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon
  • Blue-eyed BuddhistBlue-eyed Buddhist
    The story of a working-class radical from Ireland who became a celebrated monk and challenged the British Empire in Asia - by Laurence Cox Read at Aeon
  • Brilliant noiseBrilliant noise
    Unfiltered footage of solar flares is a reminder of the processing behind most space images – and the raw power of the Sun - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon
  • Seeing and somethingnessSeeing and somethingness
    An evolutionary approach to consciousness can resolve the ‘hard problem’ – with radical implications for animal sentience - by Nicholas Humphrey Read at Aeon
  • Fortune favours the shrewdFortune favours the shrewd
    Attaining and maintaining power lies at the heart of almost all animal societies. And it’s as devious as human politicking - by Lee Alan Dugatkin Read at Aeon

1,000-Word Philosophy

1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a constantly-growing collection of original essays on important philosophical topics. These essays are introductions rather than argumentative articles. Each essay is as close to 1000 words (while never going over!) as the author can get it. A 1000-word essay takes between five and ten minutes to read. That’s about the length of a short bus ride or a waiting room stay, or the lead-up to a class meeting.

  • Classical SyllogismsClassical Syllogisms
    Author: Timothy Eshing Category: Logic and Reasoning, Historical Philosophy Word Count: 999 Consider this argument: All humans are mammals. All mammals are animals. Therefore, all humans are animals. It’s an example of a classical syllogism. The logic of syllogisms, which are special kinds of deductive arguments, was famously discussed by…
  • Philosophy of Space and Time: What is Space?Philosophy of Space and Time: What is Space?
    Categories: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Historical Philosophy Author: Dan Peterson Word Count: 999 Imagine that every object in the universe – you, your chair, Earth, everything else – moved one meter to your left. Would you notice a difference? Facts about relative distances, like how far my chair is from…
  • The Ethics of Mozi: Social Organization and Impartial CareThe Ethics of Mozi: Social Organization and Impartial Care
    Author: Henrique Schneider Categories: Chinese Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy Word count: 994 Mo Di, or Mozi[1], (墨子, c. 470 – c. 391 BCE) is the founding figure of Mohism, a philosophical, social, and self-defense movement during the Warring States era (479–221 BCE) in China. Mohism, as much of…
  • Condorcet’s Jury Theorem and DemocracyCondorcet’s Jury Theorem and Democracy
    Author: Robert Weston Siscoe Category: Social and Political Philosophy Word Count: 999 Suppose that a majority of jurors decide that a defendant is guilty (or not), and we want to know the likelihood that they reached the correct verdict. The French philosopher Marquis de Condorcet (1743-1794) showed that we can…
  • What Is Misogyny?What Is Misogyny?
    Authors: Odelia Zuckerman and Clair Morrissey Categories: Philosophy of Sex and Gender, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Race Word count: 998 The term misogyny[1] refers to systems that uphold gender-based oppression against women and girls. What those systems are, and how they operate, is a subject of philosophical…

New Books Network – Philosophy

  • Michele Moody-Adams, "Making Space for Justice: Social Movements, Collective Imagination, and Political Hope" (Columbia UP, 2022)Michele Moody-Adams, "Making Space for Justice: Social Movements, Collective Imagination, and Political Hope" (Columbia UP, 2022)
    A standard way of proceeding in political philosophy is to start with some form of conceptual inquiry: we first try to figure out what justice, equality, and freedom are and only then we may eventually begin thinking about how these goods might be pursued and achieved. On this approach, although social activism is perhaps…
  • Kim Q. Hall, "Queering Philosophy" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022)Kim Q. Hall, "Queering Philosophy" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022)
    Why isn’t there a queer subfield in philosophy? How has institutionalized philosophy continued to develop without a recognized specialization in queer philosophy? What would it mean to care queerly for philosophy? And how might that change not only the field, but the possibilities for living? These are just some of…
  • Kelly McCormick, "The Problem of Blame: Making Sense of Moral Anger" (Cambridge UP, 2022)Kelly McCormick, "The Problem of Blame: Making Sense of Moral Anger" (Cambridge UP, 2022)
    Blame seems both morally necessary and morally dicey. Necessary, because it appears to be a central part of holding others to account for wrongdoing. Dicey, because – in its standard forms – blame involves the expression of anger and aims to harm its target. What’s more, our blaming practices appear…
  • Pascah Mungwini, "African Philosophy: Emancipation and Practice" (Bloomsbury, 2022)Pascah Mungwini, "African Philosophy: Emancipation and Practice" (Bloomsbury, 2022)
    In African Philosophy: Emancipation and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2022), Pascah Mungwini considers the history of African philosophy in relationship to world philosophies. Arguing for the importance of African philosophy to know itself through its past and its present, Mungwini takes up topics such as the characterization of ethnophilosophy as a way to reflect…
  • Igor Douven, "The Art of Abduction" (MIT Press, 2022)Igor Douven, "The Art of Abduction" (MIT Press, 2022)
    How should we form new beliefs? In particular, what inferential strategies are epistemically justified for forming new beliefs? Nowadays the dominant theory is Bayesianism, whereby we ought to reason in accordance with Bayes’s rule based in the axioms of probability theory. In The Art of Abduction (The MIT Press, 2022), Igor Douven…

The Marginalian (Formerly 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.


Existential Comics

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


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.

  • If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: GPT-3 EditionIf You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: GPT-3 Edition
    “How to deal with GPT-3-written essays? Instead of scolding students not to use it, we ask them to generate a ten, choose the best one, and explain why. Unless they have a paid account, the word-count limit would make it impossible to use GPT-3 to also generate the explanation…” That’s…
  • Over 450 Academics Sign Statement Opposing Animal ExploitationOver 450 Academics Sign Statement Opposing Animal Exploitation
    Over 450 academics, many of whom work in moral and political philosophy, have signed onto the “Montreal Declaration on Animal Exploitation.” The declaration condemns treating animals as mere “objects or commodities” and  acting in ways that “seriously contravene their most fundamental interests.” It was the idea of three researchers associated…
  • New Editor for Locke StudiesNew Editor for Locke Studies
    The John Locke Society has announced that its journal, Locke Studies, has named a new editor. Daniel Layman (Davidson College) will be taking up the position. The journal is currently run by interim editors Peter Anstey (Sydney) and Antonia LoLordo (Virginia), and before them, its editor was Benjamin Hill (Western).…
  • Mind ChunksMind Chunks
    Mind Chunks by Pete Mandik Other Daily Nous Philosophy Comics / More Info About DN Comics Pete Mandik on Twitter
  • Gender in Philosophy HiringGender in Philosophy Hiring
    When it comes to finding a permanent academic position in philosophy, “women have 58–114 percent greater odds than men, or a probability difference of 10–17 percent.” That’s from another part of the recent Metaphilosophy article, “Networks in philosophy: Social networks and employment in academic philosophy,” posted about yesterday, by Pablo Andrés Contreras…

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!


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.

  • The Body Problem and the Climate Crisis
    Students of Anglo-European philosophy might be familiar with the “mind-body problem.” The problem originates with early seventeenth-century French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes, who developed a mechanistic philosophy of “the body” while retaining a disembodied concept of thought from earlier centuries. Descartes was very interested in the body’s mechanics; however,…
  • Expanding the Canon Through Storytelling: A Pedagogically Queer Approach
    For much of philosophy’s past, the canon has been exclusively favorable to those whom society privileged. Think of any philosopher whose name you may hear in a philosophy 101 course—Kant, Hegel, Socrates, Sartre—and you’ll quickly come to find that they all share a particular kind of availability to the works…
  • Reports from Abroad: Dr. Krishna Mani Pathak (Part 2)
    This series questions and complicates what ‘reporting from abroad’ can mean in a globalised world that faces interconnected and local crises alongside forces grappling with how to liberate our beings from oppressive structures rooted in past and present (neo)colonialism and imperialism. We can take this as a chance to collectively…
  • Think What Academia Does to People: Beauvoir contra Precarity
    Under what conditions can your academic work be meaningful? De Beauvoir has an unsettling and extreme answer.
  • APA Member Interview: Mariana Gomez
    Mariana Gomez is a Ph.D. student at Georgetown University studying Latina feminist philosophy, critical philosophy of race, and decolonial philosophy. As a first-generation college student and daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, her philosophical interests stem from her political and social justice commitments. Her latest publication was for the APA Newsletter…

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.

  • The dangers of a sober societyThe dangers of a sober society
    Alcohol has long been recognized as a useful social lubricant for parties and gatherings. Yet few of us understand the historical importance of intoxication, and the fundamental role it has played in forming societies. In this article, Edward Slingerland argues that alcohol helps us to access truth, and posits that…
  • If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: GPT-3 EditionIf You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: GPT-3 Edition
    “How to deal with GPT-3-written essays? Instead of scolding students not to use it, we ask them to generate a ten, choose the best one, and explain why. Unless they have a paid account, the word-count limit would make it impossible to use GPT-3 to also generate the explanation…” That’s…
  • Competing for jobs w/o solo teaching experience?Competing for jobs w/o solo teaching experience?
    In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, JT asks: Can my publication record and overall fit for the job outweigh a lack of solo teaching experience? I have plenty of teaching assistant experience, but have no solo experience yet. I’m nearing the end of my PhD program and…
  • Over 450 Academics Sign Statement Opposing Animal ExploitationOver 450 Academics Sign Statement Opposing Animal Exploitation
    Over 450 academics, many of whom work in moral and political philosophy, have signed onto the “Montreal Declaration on Animal Exploitation.” [painting by a rhinoceros at the St. Louis Zoo] The declaration condemns treating animals as mere “objects or commodities” and  acting in ways that “seriously contravene their most fundamental…
  • Expanding the Canon Through Storytelling: A Pedagogically Queer ApproachExpanding the Canon Through Storytelling: A Pedagogically Queer Approach
    For much of philosophy’s past, the canon has been exclusively favorable to those whom society privileged. Think of any philosopher whose name you may hear in a philosophy 101 course—Kant, Hegel, Socrates, Sartre—and you’ll quickly come to find that they all share a particular kind of availability to the works…

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.


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.


/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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