Individually rational actions can lead to collectively undesirable outcomes. Rethinking our individual moral obligations as forming part of a collective pattern of action can lead to positive change.
Technology isn't value-neutral. Unless we understand the ethical assumptions behind our technology, we can't trust the solutions it offers.
Too often, we automatically dismiss ideas with unsettling implications. We need to focus on evidence, and on ordinary fairness and compassion towards others.
Through virtual reality you can now explore a sunken ship, suspend weightless in space, or visit Angkor Wat. So why is the real experience still better?
If an alien landed on Earth, how would you decide if it had free will like us, or was a sophisticated automaton?
We are not yet "post-truth", but truth-telling remains vital in sustaining open and democratic societies.
The greatest moral challenge of our time is our flawed conception of morality itself.
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.