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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.

  • The beauty of gefilte fish
    Celebrated annually in early spring, Passover commemorates the Jewish people's liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt as described in the Book of Exodus. The holiday is generally marked by a large gathering of family and friends known as a Seder, and includes a reading of the Haggadah, a text that… Read more »
  • Timelapse of the future
    'The Universe becomes a cosmic boneyard, strewn with remnants of dead stars.'This is the way the Universe ends, not with a bang, but with an unfathomably profound and gradual chill. Or, at least that’s one guess held by many scientists – but we don’t really know, and it’s entirely possible… Read more »
  • Is acting hazardous? On the risks of immersing oneself in a role
    In 2009, Heath Ledger posthumously received an Academy Award for his performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s film The Dark Knight (2008). To say that Ledger earned the recognition of his peers is to vastly understate his accomplishment. Ledger’s unflinching and disquieting performance as ...By Samuel KampaRead at Aeon Read more »
  • Time to update the Nobels
    Science today is an intricate, collaborative, global enterprise. Nobel prizes for individual scientists are an anachronismBy Brian KeatingRead at Aeon Read more »
  • Cheers! How the physics of fizz contributes to human happiness
    Think of the last time you had something to celebrate. If you toasted the happy occasion, your drink was probably alcoholic – and bubbly. Have you ever wondered why it’s so enjoyable to imbibe a glass of something that sets off a series of microexplosions in your mouth?  A glass… Read more »

Philosophy News

The website 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.

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.

  • What to expect when you're expecting Renaissance philosophy
    Since the series on Byzantine philosophy is drawing to a close (it will end with episode 327), it's time to look forward to the series on Renaissance philosophy! It will launch June 30. I have already been reading up for it and consulted some expert advice, plus received lots of… Read more »
  • TLS Online article on Avicenna
    Here's an article just published on online, in which I discuss the contributions of my favorite philosopher: Avicenna! Read more »
  • Interview on translations with Asymptote
    Another day, another online article from yours truly. In this one I talk to the translation journal Asymptote about the Greek-Arabic translation movement. Read more »
  • What is it like?
    Here is a link to a long interview I did for the online series "What is it Like to Be a Philosopher?" We discuss my misspent youth, podcasting, the history of philosophy, and of course Buster Keaton.   Read more »
  • Volume 5 on the way
    Good news folks, Jonardon and I have just submitted our revised manuscript for volume 5 of the HoPWaG series on Philosophy in India - we got very useful feedback from referees and hopefully you will all like the resulting book! Should be out later this year I hope. 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.

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.

  • Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by Lukas
    What happened in the United States during 1970s and after? One thing that might play a role here is the outsourcing of industrial production to so-called “developing countries” with much lower wages and fewer health, safety, and environmental regulation. This trend only accelerated during the following decades, as the US… Read more »
  • Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by Matt
    Really interesting that you mention philosophy at Northwest Nazarene Alan- the first philosophy class I took (at BSU) was a philosophy of religion class taught be a professor from Northwest Nazarene who was teaching it as an extra class. It was really great, and literally changed my life. I have… Read more »
  • Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by Alan White
    This especially saddens me, because my 40-year career began at Northwest Nazarene with an excellent major heavily focused on the history of philosophy (and as a result I dropped my intention of becoming a minister and have been non-religious ever since).. Dropping philosophy and physics is a complete repudiation of… Read more »
  • Comment on Crash Course: Epistemology of Disagreement by krell_154
    I didn’t see anyone recommend Foley’s work yet, so here I am referring you to his paper: ”Rationality and intellectual self-trust”, in William Ramsey & Michael R. DePaul (eds.), Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and its Role in Philosophical Inquiry. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. pp. 241–56 (1998) and his… Read more »
  • Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by An Adjunct
    Basically the same thing happened/is happening at the uni where I worked (Southern Nazarene University). I was brought in to assist with the philosophy major while the chair took on a temporary administrative position for a year. Three months into my stint, I receive an email that the philosophy major… Read more »

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!

  • News: April/May 2019
    Word frequency reveals morality’s tides • Marx’s tomb vandalised • Black holes evade conceptual capture — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
  • Masterplan
    by Julie McNeill
  • An Unwanted Visitation
    Craig Potter on a conversation out of time.
  • Anomalous Phenomena
    by Bofy
  • Logos by Raymond Tallis
    We seek purpose and enlightenment as Stephen Anderson attempts to understand Raymond Tallis’s attempt to understand our understanding of the world.

Existential Comics

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

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.”

  • John Coltrane was the archetypal creative obsessive, a trait obscured by his canonization as a spiritual seeker on a higher plane than mortal men Read more »
  • No theater-going experience is as tedious as being forced to listen to ideas now taken for granted. Just try to sit through A Doll’s House Read more »
  • Nearly 40 years ago, George W.S. Trow lamented what television had done to intellectual life. Imagine what he'd say about social media Read more »
  • The Proust of science fiction. Gene Wolfe, author of Catholic-tinged, modernist-leaning pulp fiction, died on Sunday. He was 87 Read more »
  • Schadenfreude is surreptitious and subtle. It is not, as a woeful book on the subject has it, simply the range of small, everyday miseries Read more »

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.

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.

  • 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 »
  • Euthanasia, or Mercy Killing
    Author: Nathan Nobis Category: Ethics Wordcount: 1000 Sadly, there are people in very bad medical conditions who want to die. They are in pain, they are suffering, and they no longer find their quality of life to be at an acceptable level anymore. When people like this are kept alive… Read more »
  • Ignorance and Blame
    Author: Daniel Miller Categories: Ethics, Metaphysics Word Count: 1000 Sometimes ignorance is a legitimate excuse for morally wrong behavior, and sometimes it isn’t. If someone has secretly replaced my sugar with arsenic, then I’m blameless for putting arsenic in your tea.[1] But if I put arsenic in your tea because… Read more »
  • Theories of Punishment
    Author: Travis Joseph Rodgers Category: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy Word Count: 995 Criminals are punished with fines, public scorn, imprisonment, death and more. Philosophical theories of punishment ask what justifies punishment, both in general and what justifies particular punishments. Most theories appeal to punishment’s effects on the future or facts… Read more »
  • Manipulation and Moral Responsibility
    Author: Taylor W. Cyr Category: Ethics, Metaphysics Word Count: 1000 Consider a case of manipulation:[1] Beth is a talented student with a well-rounded life. Her professor wants her to focus all her energies on school, at the expense of Beth’s hobbies and relationships. After failing to convince Beth to spend… Read more »


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  • Descartes' "Clear and disctinct perception"
    In his meditations, Descartes' use of clear and distinct perception bothers me. From what I understand, he never really fully defined what it meant, or why it seems to work as a surefire means of having knowledge. Hopefully, someone here has something to say that makes this seem like less… Read more »
  • Do animals commit suicide?
    submitted by /u/Cute_guy [link] [comments] Read more »
  • Is sexism morally defensible?
    submitted by /u/Sikwedoga [link] [comments] Read more »
  • Question about aristotle hylomorphism
    So according to aristotle, all is made by form and matter. Form being what is responsible for the character of a certain object, while matter is what gives its material presence and physical reality. But I still have some troubles in understanding this concept. Take a ball made of some… Read more »
  • What do I need to know in order to understand Godel’s Incompleteness Theorems?
    I tried reading the SEP entry but there are many symbols I still don’t understand. I know a bit of basic logic. Where should I start? submitted by /u/AdolfBerry [link] [comments] Read more »