Did humans invent mathematics or does it exist independently?
The anti-vax movement is no longer fuelled purely by fears about vaccines and harmful side-effects – there are other forces at play.
We cannot claim that inducing others to reduce emissions gives us a moral license to emit in their place.
The novelist and philosopher’s views on love and relationships can help us be better friends.
Wives were not a part of intellectual life – but sex workers were often seen as having captivating minds, as well as captivating bodies.
Just like in real life, the idea that everyone in the game has a fair shot is quickly exposed as a fallacy.
The Athens fires were a dangerous reflection of Atomist philosophies that see the world as exploitable, for sale and open to waste and abuse.
Many countries, including South Africa, use regulations to control smoking in public so that they do not harm non-smokers. Likewise, getting vaccinated is for the common good of society.
Freedom of speech is a human right. But it comes with limitations, such as using the right to incite violence. Conversations around these concepts are a part of democratic education.
Post-colonial writing has expanded the concept of tragedy beyond Western thought.
Confucius looked nothing like the great sage in his own time as he is widely known in ours. But his ideas continue to shape contemporary life for many.
Some people seeking to influence public opinion about abortion rights claim the science is clear. It’s not, and that means abortion remains a political question – not a biological one.
Stoic philosopher Epictetus tells us not to worry about things we can’t control, prepare for the unexpected and slow down on the judginess. This is great lockdown advice over 2,000 years later.
Guy is happy living his life unaware that he is just a character in a grand simulation. Could we all be doing same?
John Locke and John Stuart Mill don’t provide much in the way of justification for ignoring public health advice in a pandemic. Mikhail Bakunin, however…
In our “post-truth” political era, there is a lot we can learn from an under-appreciated philosopher who focused on “thinking clearly.”
As the prospect of international travel becomes increasingly complicated, it’s worth considering more unconventional options
As a teacher, an academic cannot use freedom of speech to say something that may directly demean or intimidate a student. But as a researcher, they must have the freedom to pursue the truth.
‘Reality, including ourselves, is nothing but a thin and fragile veil’: a new interpretation of quantum physics says objects have no independent existence.
Politics always influences what questions scientists ask. Their intertwined relationship becomes a problem when politics dictates what answers science is allowed to find.