Self-determination, freedom of thought, choice of risk arguably have freed society, but then there's inequality, ill-health and narcissism.
What place does hunting have in our urbanized society? Is it acceptable to kill for fun? For conservation? Philosophy doesn't have all the answers, but it can help us understand opposing views.
Want to contemplate some big questions this summer but don't know where to start? Here are some top picks from some of Australia's top philosophers.
Are we all doomed to never agree on what is or isn't true?
A new study appears to show plants can learn from experience and choose a response. This raises some intriguing questions about the possibility of plant cognition.
The 'elite' can never be a scapegoat.
Many are dreading meeting relatives for Thanksgiving after Donald Trump's surprise victory. A student of the cultural divide around climate change offers tips for opening dialogues on politics.
Leibniz’s 'great question' remains a central question in philosophy and science today.
Voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot measure that assumed so. But a philosopher of animal welfare suggests the ethical issues involved are trickier than a yes/no vote would suggest.
Montaigne anticipated much of modern thought, and was profoundly shaped by the classics. His Essays, so personal yet so urbane, continue to challenge and charm readers.
Many people believe they have a soul. But for psychologists, who study behaviour, it is not so much that souls do not exist, it is that there is no need for them.
The concept of 'free speech' is devilishly difficult, and depends greatly on a person's political and philosophical viewpoint.
No comfort in Dennett for detractors of philosophy and humanities research ...
Watching sport is more than just an entertaining experience. As the 2016 Olympic Games again highlighted, it can enrich and improve our lives in many more complex ways.
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
Abu Nasr al-Farabi can teach us about the thinking behind radicalisation, and offers a warning to terrorists guilty of 'over-belief'.
A philosophical assessment of the latest Star Trek films demonstrates their sophistication.
Much of academic philosophy, even on the African continent, is openly and unashamedly in love with the idea of the West as destiny.
Adopting an African philosophy of education can be a powerful tool to help the continent's universities create real social change and justice.
The world around you might be an illusion and you're really a brain in a vat connected to a supercomputer. Sounds preposterous? But can you prove it's not true?