Plato, Confucius and Aristotle. Ancient Greek philosophy is widely taught in American universities, but classes in Chinese philosophy are few and far between.
It's more important than ever that the U.S. understand China. So why don't our universities teach Chinese thought?
Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise.
It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.
Daniel Dennett, philosopher.
No comfort in Dennett for detractors of philosophy and humanities research ...
Does teaching ethics come with obligations?
A prominent ethicist was recently accused of manipulating younger women into sexual relationships. A philosopher argues that being an ethicist comes with obligations. Otherwise, what is ethics for?
Plato, Confucius, Aristote.
Among the top 50 philosophy departments in the U.S., only four have a member of their regular faculty teaching Chinese philosophy. Why is this problematic?
Martin Luther King Jr. statue.
To mark the start of Black History Month, a Classicist reflects on the inspiration King drew from ancient Greek culture.
Teaching Plato in Palestine?
Does God exist? Is piety worth it? Can violence be justified? Philosophy can offer a way to engage with these questions on which there are often widely differing beliefs.
How can researchers be their own guardian?
What are the pressures on researchers that could lead to misrepresentation of facts? Do the "guardians need a guard"?
Socrates made people think, but he also made them rather irritated.
Earlier this year, the ethicist Walter-Sinnot Armstrong asked whether philosophers were out of touch with, even contemptuous, of ordinary people and everyday life. The picture he paints isn’t flattering…
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The Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was condemned and put to death for “corrupting the youth” of Athens. The same fate is unlikely to meet contemporary philosophers. Indeed, it is much more likely for…