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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.

  • Lasting marksLasting marks
    In the late 1980s in the UK, Roland Jaggard was part of a loose-knit group of men who engaged in, and occasionally videotaped, consensual sadomasochistic same-sex acts. While Jaggard acknowledged that aspects of his sex life were ‘not to everyone’s taste’, he never imagined that it would cost him his… Read more »
  • Let us now stop praising famous men (and women)Let us now stop praising famous men (and women)
    After the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris nearly burned down in April, the French luxury-goods magnate François-Henri Pinault was celebrated for committing €100 million to reconstruct what he called ‘this jewel of our heritage’ and ushering in a flood of donations from other benefactors and compani... By David V Johnson Read… Read more »
  • Spring chickenSpring chicken
    'It's important to have something that makes you laugh a little bit.' At 94 years old, Anny Junek has a streak going: she's the three-time winner of the Purim costume contest at her retirement home in Rehovot in Israel. As the Jewish holiday approaches again, she's angling for a fourth… Read more »
  • United by feelingsUnited by feelings
    Universal emotions are the deep engine of human consciousness and the basis of our profound affinity with other animalsBy Stephen T Asma & Rami Gabriel Read at Aeon Read more »
  • Going green is all about what you gain, not what you give upGoing green is all about what you gain, not what you give up
    According to The New Republic magazine in June this year: ‘You will have to make sacrifices to save the planet’, while the US newspaper Metro asks: ‘What would you give up to end climate change?’ These headlines, read from my desk in London where I carry out research in environmental… 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.


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 Death Penalty
    Author: Benjamin S. Yost Category: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy Word Count: 1000 The death penalty—executing criminals, usually murderers—is more controversial than imprisonment because it inflicts a more significant injury, perhaps the most serious injury, and its effects are irreversible.[1] Some advocates of the death penalty, or capital punishment, argue that… Read more »
  • The Sleeping Beauty ProblemThe 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 DesireWu-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 InjusticeReparations 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 SisyphusCamus 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 »

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.

  • Epistemic Humility, Ideological Mercy, Legitimation, and DisagreementEpistemic Humility, Ideological Mercy, Legitimation, and Disagreement
    “the whiplash of (rather quickly) moving from an intensely conservative, fundamentalist world into a progressive, academic world… taught me two things…” That’s Robin Dembroff, assistant professor of philosophy at Yale University, in an interview at What Is It Like To Be A Philosopher? They continue: First, it taught me epistemic humility. Much… Read more »
  • John N. Williams (1952-2019)John N. Williams (1952-2019)
    John N. Williams, a philosopher who spent much of his career working in Singapore, and who had just last year taken up a position as professor of philosophy at Nazarbayev University, has died.  Professor Williams held appointments at School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University, the National University of Singapore, the… Read more »
  • Mini-HeapMini-Heap
    Friday Mini-Heap… “If members of the philosophy guild aspire to become public intellectuals, style must become part of the philosophical curriculum” — Gordon Marino (St. Olaf) on the importance of style in philosophical writing Real live raven-rabbit? (play the video) — the most viral subtweeting of both Wittgenstein and Hempel Philosophers on… Read more »
  • “To Teachers Who Hope to Inspire Their Students” (and other poems by Felicia Nimue Ackerman)“To Teachers Who Hope to Inspire Their Students” (and other poems by Felicia Nimue Ackerman)
    The following is a guest post*  of poems  by Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy at Brown University.  To Teachers Who Hope to Inspire Their Students I never had a teacher more inspiring than Ms. Burr.She led me to resolve that I would never be like her. + + + + + To Those… Read more »
  • Philosophers File Amicus Brief on LGBT Discrimination CasesPhilosophers File Amicus Brief on LGBT Discrimination Cases
    This fall, the Supreme Court will be looking at a trio of cases concerning the protection Federal employment discrimination law provides to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. An amicus curiae brief signed by 80 philosophers, in support of the employees in the cases, has just been filed. The amicus brief was co-authored by philosopher… Read more »

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.

  • Joe Walsh has announced a GOP primary challenge against TrumpJoe Walsh has announced a GOP primary challenge against Trump
    Radio talk-show host and former congressman Joe Walsh announced today that he’s running as a Republican candidate for US president in 2020. After all but declaring a bid in a campaign-testing New York Times op-ed—entitled “Trump Needs a Primary Challenge”—the one-term House representative from Illinois said on ABC’s This Week:… Read more »
  • How Hong Kong’s protest movement endures, in photosHow Hong Kong’s protest movement endures, in photos
    Hong Kong has been transformed for months by the enormous, constantly evolving pro-democracy protests. One of the largest was said to have included nearly 2 million people, an astounding figure in a region of 8 million. Demonstrators have swarmed Hong Kong’s streets, public transit, and shopping malls, as well as… Read more »
  • Why go to the mall when you can look at Instagram?Why go to the mall when you can look at Instagram?
    Instagram has turned into an endless shopping experience, almost like a mall. It lets you wander, browse, even have some fun—but everything is designed to make you spend more money without any obstacles. Some of this transformation has been obvious, a result of concretes steps by the app, and some… Read more »
  • A new nutrition group aims to erase the link between value and massive portionsA new nutrition group aims to erase the link between value and massive portions
    Extra large is the problem. The trick is convincing Americans to think about food in a new way: Extra large isn’t extra good. For a long time, the health dictum to “eat in moderation” has been an easy one for Americans to echo. It’s a simple, memorable rule of thumb.… Read more »
  • The US says China is blocking $2.5 trillion in South China Sea oil and gasThe US says China is blocking $2.5 trillion in South China Sea oil and gas
    Tensions surrounding the South China Sea have always been largely about oil and natural gas. But it’s often been argued that the strategic shipping lanes carrying Middle East hydrocarbons to East Asia are what really matter, whereas the sea’s own energy resources are relatively modest and unproven. That argument has… Read more »

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.”

  • Sartre and crabs. “After I took mescaline, I started seeing crabs around me all the time.” For help he turned to Lacan Read more »
  • Anarchism has been among the most daring, imaginative political currents of the modern age. Terry Eagleton explains Read more »
  • From Babel to Orwell, Mao to Borges, the Cold War had a literary front. As Solzhenitsyn put it, books were “as dangerous as atom bombs” Read more »
  • Rudyard Kipling slowly became “morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting.” Was his time in America to thank for that? Read more »
  • In investigating its subject, a book invokes Freud, Heidegger, geography, and the nature of home. The matter at hand? Pigeons 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!

  • An Appeal to the World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    Ian Robinson has a brief look at the Dalai Lama’s brief message to the world.
  • News: August/September 2019
    Michel Serres • Transgenic monkeys • Humans “quite nice” say researchers — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
  • Letters
    The Sound of No Hands Clapping • Minding the Machines • Self Representations • The Sense of Perception • Perspectives on Visions • Ethics, Actions & Effects • No Marks For Marx? • Panned Spiritism • Ethical Chainsaws and Motorbikes
  • William of Ockham (1285-1347/8 CE)
    by Terence Green
  • Steve Delmonte’s Cartoon
    by Steve Delmonte

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.

  • Indigenizing International Law, Part 1: Learning to Learn from Below
    This three-part series, Indigenizing International Law, explores the encounter between Western and Indigenous jurisdictions, paying particular attention to the way in which post-colonial rule always ... Read more...
  • APA Member Interview: William Albuquerqueis
    William Albuquerque is currently a third-year graduate student at University of California San Diego, working within value theory – particularly issues related to moral responsibility.  He ... Read more...
  • Cultivating Philosophical Style
    by Gordon Marino As a student in an analytic philosophy department in the ’70s and ’80s, I scarcely heard a word about the importance of ... Read more...
  • Student Reflection Snapshot: Heather Stewart
    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. Heather Stewart is currently ... Read more...
  • Auburn’s Gorodeisky and Marcus Win the 2020 Danto/ASA Prize
    The American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics are pleased to announce that Professors Keren Gorodeisky and Eric Marcus (Auburn University) have been ... 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.

  • Me on The Dissenter
    "The Dissenter" is a series of videos on philosophical topics by Ricardo Lopes. In this new episode I discuss the origins of philosophy with him, in case anyone needs something to tide them over while the podcast is on summer break! Read more »
  • HoPWaG in Chinese!
    Thanks to Yashi Jiang for preparing this version of the first episode on philosophy in the Islamic world with Chinese translation! He will be translating further episodes and putting them on YouTube.     Read more »
  • Believe then understand
    Here is my latest column for the magazine "Philosophy Now," about Aquinas and the Indian philosopher Shankara, and how both thought philosophy could be pursued while presupposing principles of religious belief. So this is part, like, five hundred of my attempt to show that religion and philosophy are not mutually… Read more »
  • Where are the women?
    Here is a blog post I have just done for the New Statesman, on representations of women in ancient philosophical text. Focuses on Plato's Menexenus and the dialogue starring Macrina, by her brother Gregory of Nyssa. Of course it is a much bigger topic! For the whole story (or at… Read more »
  • Africana: one book or two books?
    Chike and I are planning ahead concerning the book version of the podcast series on Africana philosophy and have to decide between publishing it as one volume or two. If one volume it would be quite long, probably around 100 chapters, but all in one place so to speak. If… 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.


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

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