A clock designed to work for 10 millennia is being built – but what is the point of it?
In a society like South Africa's that is increasingly becoming polarised, simplified opinions should be approached with caution.
Investor Bill Miller's $75 million gift to the Johns Hopkins philosophy department clashes with conventional wisdom regarding the value studying the humanities today.
A philosopher's take on what makes jokes funny.
Participants in a recent study became calmer, more able to express their point of view without aggression and developed more open minds.
The psychologist proposes reason as a solution to all our problems, but telling people they must do something can backfire.
"Critique of Black Reason" offers readers insight into how the construction of race and racism underpins our understanding of modernity.
Science should be about answering the "what if?" questions, but is that under threat by the privatisation of science and the drive for results ahead of any competition?
The harassment at the Presidents Club Charity Dinner was horrible. Here are three lessons from moral philosophy on how to avoid it happening again.
Imagine being one of the last few people alive. Would that make it ok to destroy the natural world? This thought experiment reveals the true value of nature, beyond the benefits to humans.
Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
The voluntary ITP is a much-needed service that translates science-related digital materials into Arabic for a general audience.
Belief in miracles such as the virgin birth of Jesus are surprisingly persistent – even in the 21st century.
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that 'the trees teach me nothing' is very much still the attitude today.
If leaders of educational institutions are concerned about the employability of graduates, they should avoid over-investing in STEM subjects and stop snubbing liberal arts.
Some philosophers believe space is a giant container, while others think it's all in our heads.
Precisely because of his problems at home, Donald Trump wants to do more abroad – possibly with disastrous results. How can those who know foreign policy rein him in?
Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu is well known for having invoked an ubuntu ethic to evaluate South African society, and he can take substantial credit for having made the term familiar.
Around 1970 Playboy magazine received an unexpected proposition from the radical German philosopher Herbert Marcuse - he would do an interview, if he could pose for the magazine's centrefold.