What would Socrates say about coal mining? Or recycling?
The challenges of climate can seem overwhelming. But individual choices can be guided by ancient wisdom.
Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher.
We need to accept the incomplete nature of our knowledge, question and adopt alternative views.
What can philosophers tell you about paying taxes?
Many Americans are fretting over paying their taxes. A philosopher says the moral question isn't as much about a duty toward the government, but being fair to fellow tax-paying citizens.
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A new look at ancient texts allows for a pivotal perspective on the role of a certain Greek woman.
The beautiful game still needs to perform on bigger social issues.
The Joe Strummer mural on East 7th Street and Avenue A in the East Village, New York.
"The Magnificent Seven" was a slice of daily life, a class struggle song framed by the sound of funk and the emergent hip-hop in New York.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that 'the trees teach me nothing' is very much still the attitude today.
For Socrates, tolerance is fundamentally about equality and the pursuit of truth.
Schools and universities have a responsibility to protect students from hate speech while also exposing them to views that disrupt their ways of thinking and ideas of the world.
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.
How can we incorporate philosophy in our daily lives?
Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.
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…