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- The trialAfter the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the United States' departments of Defense and of Justice launched a series of unprecedented initiatives aimed at fighting terrorism, including US Constitution-bending rendition, torture and detainment programmes. Eighteen years later, many of the methods used in the wake of the attacks remain… Read more »
- Chaucer was more than English: he was a great European poetIn 2013, a Prospect magazine profile of the UKIP leader Nigel Farage described the Brexiteer's party in Chaucerian terms:UKIP is indeed a rag-tag bag … of cussed, contrary, wilful, protesting, obstreperous, bantering Englishmen and women, the like of which have been with us all the way back to Th...By Marion… Read more »
- Poetry of perception: 'We Grow Accustomed to the Dark'Written by Emily Dickinson during the depths of the US Civil War, the untitled poem known as ‘We Grow Accustomed to the Dark’ conjures hope and perseverance amid waves of chaos and uncertainty. In this animation, the UK filmmaker and illustrator Hannah Jacobs visualises the poem in fleeting scenes that… Read more »
- The right to know, or not know, the data from medical researchA familiar scenario: as part of having your cholesterol checked, your clinician also orders a standard blood panel – a red blood-cell count, and then a breakdown showing the proportions of five types of white blood cells. Less familiar: your cholesterol is fine (congratulations), but the white bl...By Emily WillinghamRead… Read more »
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.
- Crescendo: A Watercolor Ode to the Science, Strangeness, and Splendor of PregnancyFrom sesame seed to selfhood, a lyrical serenade to the astonishing process by which we all enter the world. “Every man or woman who is sane, every man or woman who has the feeling of being a person in the world, and for whom the world means something, every happy… Read more »
- Astrophysicist and Author Janna Levin Reads “Berryman” by W.S. Merwin: Some of the Finest and Most Soul-Salving Advice on How to Stay Sane as an ArtistTonic for living with that sacred, terrifying uncertainty with which all creative work enters the world. To be an artist is to live suspended above the abyss between recognition and artistic value, never quite knowing whether your art will land on either bank, or straddle both, or be swallowed by… Read more »
- Art and the Nocturnal Imagination: Painter, Poet, and Philosopher Etel Adnan on Dreaming and Creativity“The logic of dreams is superior to the one we exercise while awake. In dreams the mind at last finds its courage: it dares what we do not dare.” Nietzsche saw dreams as an evolutionary time machine for the human mind. Dostoyevsky discovered the meaning of life in one. Mendeleev… Read more »
- Nobel-Winning Physicist Wolfgang Pauli on Science, Spirit, and Our Search for Meaning“It is only a narrow passage of truth (no matter whether scientific or other truth) that passes between the Scylla of a blue fog of mysticism and the Charybdis of a sterile rationalism. This will always be full of pitfalls and one can fall down on both sides.” “The fact… Read more »
- Trailblazing 18th-Century Artist Sarah Stone’s Stunning Natural History Paintings of Exotic, Endangered, and Extinct SpeciesPotoroos, birds of paradise, variegated lizards, and other wondrous creatures brought to vibrant life by a visionary woman in the golden age of scientific exploration. A century before Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter revolutionized mycology with her groundbreaking studies and illustrations of mushrooms, which she was banned from presenting at… Read more »
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- News: April/May 2019Word frequency reveals morality’s tides • Marx’s tomb vandalised • Black holes evade conceptual capture — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
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- Literary theory was a revolution. What happens when the revolutionaries grow old? Jane Gallop on age, falling out of fashion, and why teaching is inevitably erotic Read more »
- Was Shakespeare a “punk poet,” a “proto-rockstar,” a “16th-century Russell Crowe,” and also a talentless middleman? Indeed so, says a new book Read more »
- Hannah Arendt knew that being human in inhuman times is hard, occasionally impossible work. She is a thinker of the difficult, a thinker for now Read more »
- Walter Benjamin in Ibiza. He escaped Nazism, went without electricity, proposed marriage and was rejected. He decided to commit suicide but didn’t. Not yet Read more »
- The genre of books about growing old is nearly as old as old age itself. They fall into three categories: the scientific, the personal, and the political Read more »
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- Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Can Philosophy Survive the Neoliberal Academy?by Brandon Absher Note: This piece is adapted from Brandon Absher’s presentation at the Eastern APA 2019, entitled “The Neoliberal University and What This Means ... Read more...
- The Possible World Defense: Why Our Current Legal Thinking about Entrapment is Philosophically Suspectby Luke William Hunt I was a special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation before making a career change to academic philosophy. During my ... Read more...
- Gualtiero Piccinini has won the 2018 Barwise PrizeThe American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri–St. Louis) has been selected by the APA committee on philosophy ... Read more...
- Labels of Love Podcast: Philosophy Outside Academiaby Carrie Jenkins Over the course of 2017, I made ten episodes of a podcast called Labels Of Love under the aegis of my Metaphysics ... Read more...
- Syllabus Showcase: Valia Allori, Philosophy of Physicsby Valia Allori Valia Allori is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Northern Illinois University. She has studied physics in Italy, her home country, and ... Read more...
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.
- Euthanasia, or Mercy KillingAuthor: 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 BlameAuthor: 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. But if I put arsenic in your tea because… Read more »
- Theories of PunishmentAuthor: 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 ResponsibilityAuthor: Taylor W. Cyr Category: Ethics, Metaphysics Word Count: 1000 Consider a case of manipulation: 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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- Nike is focusing on sneaker innovation in the under-$100 rangeThe Nike shoes that get the most attention from sneaker fanatics and industry onlookers tend to be the high-priced sort. The Air VaporMax, for example, sells on Nike’s site for around $190, depending on the model. The Epic React and AirMax 270 both clock in at a slightly more accessible… Read more »
- Cyclone Idai has left 500 people dead and devastated southern Africa’s most vulnerableCyclone Idai has devastated the Mozambican city of Beira and turned it into an inland lake. The city of 500,000 people is at the epicenter of one of the worst natural disasters to hit southern Africa in decades. Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe are still coming to terms with the immediate… Read more »
- Everything we know about the Boeing 737 Max 8 crisisJust three years after its first flight, the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet has already been implicated in two fatal accidents: the Oct. 29 Lion Air crash that claimed 189 lives near Jakarta, Indonesia and the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 just outside Addis Ababa. No other… Read more »
- The Brexit mess traces its roots to another political crisis in the 19th centuryAs the Speaker of the UK’s House of Parliament invokes precedent from 1604 to try and bring order to chaotic Brexit process, it is a reminder that Britain’s history of co-operation with Europe is as long as it is complicated. The 2016 referendum to end a four-decade long relationship with… Read more »
- It’s been 20 years since “Office Space,” and Swingline has never been the sameThe film Office Space turned 20 this year. The movie created a vocabulary that transformed things people loathed at work into things they could laugh at: the “PC load letter” error message; “Did you see the memo?”; the precise pitch of a “yeah” that really means “no.” While its catchphrases… Read more »
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- What's the point of having a discussion and learning more about philosophy?I just ran an ad on FB and hosted a philosophy discussion. I think it didn't go well, because I think we failed to discuss the topic deep enough (the topic was about meaning of life.... Maybe it's the wrong topic?) Now that I'm home, I'm thinking about why do… Read more »
- Training in asking Socratic questions.How can I practice the skill of asking Socratic questions? How do I keep myself from bullshitting as I practice? I get the feeling that working with other people in the flesh is 100% required for both of these, and that the Internet is a waste of time for anything… Read more »
- What philosophical papers are the main works for arguing both sides of the abortion debate?Bonus points if they are from a consequentialist perspective submitted by /u/thisisredditnigga [link] [comments] Read more »
- Generic question like where to start....in philosophy or what to readI am a self-aware guy in his teenage years..i won't tell you my specific age otherwise you would give me the "Enjoy life its still early" bullshit.I come from a country where consent is irrelevant & white people go to find their spirituality.I like to be sad & coz its… Read more »
- What does it mean to have a gender identity?When we separate from the binary system of male and female, it is often claimed that gender is defined as a continuous system between masculine and feminine. But how can someone identity with something so abstract? To identity with something, does it not have to reflect reality? Does it really… Read more »