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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.

  • Do spoilers actually ruin stories?
    ‘It’s not the journey, it’s the destination’ might seem like trite advice, but when it comes to storytelling, the worn adage actually seems to hold up to scrutiny. Just ask Nicholas Christenfeld, professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego: in a 2013 study, he put our cultural obsession… Read more »
  • If anyone can see the morally unthinkable online, what then?
    Imagine you work at a Latex glove factory. One night, you type ‘Latex’ into Google: you're searching for competitors’ products, but you find other things too. Some of what you find turns you on. But some of it you wish you could unsee: prior to the search, it was morally… Read more »
  • Dan Tepfer’s player piano is his composing partner
    ‘How can I be free in this particular cage?’From synthesizers replacing real instruments in the studio to the rise of musical compositions written entirely by AI, it’s not surprising that many professional musicians have been resistant to the ascendent role of technology in the music industry. However, the French-American jazz… Read more »
  • Susan Sontag was a monster
    She took things too seriously. She was difficult and unyielding. That's why Susan Sontag's work matters so much even nowBy Lauren ElkinRead at Aeon Read more »
  • If reason exists without deliberation, it cannot be uniquely human
    Philosophers and cognitive scientists today generally comprehend the domain of reason as a certain power of making inferences, confined to the thoughts and actions of human beings alone. Like echolocation in bats or photosynthesis in plants, reason is an evolved power, but unlike these, the preva...By Justin E H SmithRead at… 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.


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.

  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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.

  • Did a Story about a Computer Made of Humans Scoop Searle’s “Chinese Room” by 20 Years?
    A story called “The Game” by Anatoly Petrovich Mickevich (writing under the pseudonym A. Dneprov), published in 1961, tells the story of a fictional event in which people who don’t individually understand Portuguese are successfully arranged into a “computer” that translates a sentence from Portuguese. Craig Alan, “All Together Now” (Keith Haring Tribute) You can… Read more »
  • Mini-Heap
    New Mini-Heap here. “The evidence points… towards there being genuine sensory changes due to learning and expertise” — Kevin Connolly (Minerva Schools KGI) on how experts perceive the world differently Dax Cowart, a man whose story became a famous example in the right-to-die literature, has died — 46 years after his doctors… Read more »
  • Ad Hoc
    Ad Hoc by Rachel Katler Other Daily Nous Comics / More Info about DN Comics / Rachel Katler on Twitter The post Ad Hoc appeared first on Daily Nous. Read more »
  • Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update
    Here’s the weekly report on new entries in online philosophical resources and new reviews of philosophy books. Below is a list of recent updates, if there have been any, to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR), 1000-Word Philosophy, and Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi). There’s also a section listing recent reviews of… Read more »
  • Farewell, Feminist Philosophers
    The Feminist Philosophers blog has shut down. The blog began 12 years ago. Founded by Jenny Saul (currently Sheffield, soon to be Waterloo), it was a group blog featuring the writing of a growing roster of philosophers, many of whom posted under pseudonyms. In her April 23rd post announcing the closure,… 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.”

  • Hemingway, war correspondent. His arrangement with Collier’s magazine was doomed from the start — and a $187,000 expense claim didn’t help Read more »
  • As Oliver Sacks wrote, between mania and depression lies “a narrow ridge of normality.” Despite his best efforts, he sometimes slipped off that ridge Read more »
  • New books reinterpret Homeric poems toward feminist ends. But in advancing a 21st-century politics, do they rob readers of ethical ambiguities? Read more »
  • Nathan Glazer was the rare social scientist who was as indifferent to grand theorizing as he was to ideological consistency Read more »
  • In the last decades of the 19th century, séances abounded, and austere sects speculated about geology. Darwin’s world was awash with spiritualized science 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.

  • APA Member Interview: Zoë Johnson King
    Zoë Johnson King is a Bersoff fellow at NYU. She will be a fellow until August 2020.  At that time, she will head West and ... Read more...
  • Saba Fatima: What It Is Like to Be a Philosopher?
    The APA blog is working with Cliff Sosis of What is it Like to Be a Philosopher? in publishing advance excerpts from Cliff’s long-form interviews with philosophers. ... Read more...
  • Recently Published Book Spotlight: The Moral Nexus
    R. Jay Wallace is a professor in the philosophy department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000. Wallace is interested ... Read more...
  • Syllabus Showcase: Eugene Kelly, The Philosophy of Human Nature
    by Eugene Kelly Eugene Kelly has been Professor of Philosophy at the New York Institute of Technology for forty years. He received his Ph.D. from ... Read more...
  • How do we pry apart the true and compelling from the false and toxic?
    When false and malicious speech roils the body politic, when racism and violence surge, the right and role of freedom of speech in society comes ... Read more...

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.

  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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.

  • British “Game of Thrones” fans will have a rough 24 hours ahead of them
    The US and UK have a “special relationship,” but on Sunday (May 19), a wide gulf will separate Americans from Brits—and it’s all because of Game of Thrones. More than 18 million US viewers are expected to tune in to watch the final episode of HBO’s eight-season-long hit show. This… Read more »
  • Madonna ensured Eurovision was once again very political
    This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a celebration of Europe’s musical talents. It was also very political, including during last night’s final in Tel Aviv, Israel, during which the Netherlands won the top spot. Eurovision was established to bring European countries together after World War II. To allow for dozens… Read more »
  • France is good at launching tech startups, but not at growing them
    “France is maybe the best place to start a company,” said Jean-Rémi Kouchakji, co-founder of PayinTech, a Paris-based fintech firm that was among the 9,000 startups at the Viva Technology conference this year. Paradoxically, he said, it’s a difficult place for small- and medium-sized companies to thrive, a necessary step… Read more »
  • Inside the new Statue of Liberty Museum
    After five years and a series of crowdfunding campaigns, the new Statue of Liberty Museum opened as scheduled this week. Measuring 26,000 square feet, the exhibition space serves as a welcome center for the 4.5 million annual visitors who trek to Liberty Island to see New York City’s beloved colossus… Read more »
  • Republican congressman Justin Amash called for Trump’s impeachment
    Today, in a 13-tweet thread, Michigan congressman Justin Amash chided his fellow Republicans for failing to respond appropriately to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation. Amash is calling for Trump’s impeachment. He believes his… Read more »

/r/askphilosophy

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