Understanding our own limitations, and turning to hope, can help us deal with hardship.
Beethoven statue in Vienna, Austria.
In his work, many heard freedom as espoused by contemporary Enlightenment philosophers, like Immanuel Kant.
A ‘no mask, no taco’ sign at Chelsea Market in New York City.
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A philosopher argues that wearing masks could be tied to living up to the standards of one’s social group and recognizing that could help in persuading anti-maskers.
‘Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law’.
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It’s hard to get societies based on individualism to act in the collective good. That’s why you can’t find any toilet paper.
The moody landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich were inspired by Kant’s ideas of the sublime.
Kant’s philosophies include ideas on faith, the sublime, and the enlightenment. But what do these ideas mean? And how can we use them today?
The young activist acted morally and intelligently when staging her protest against the deportation of asylum seekers from Sweden.
‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ was the first modern drug memoir and set the tone for opium use for decades. Here: Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy), a group of deep red flowers, buds and seed pods. Opium is extracted from the latex of the unripe seed pods. Ripe seeds are innocuous and widely used in baking.
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‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ is considered the first modern drug memoir. Many believe it is responsible for our romantic ideas of opium-based drug use today.
Survivor’s guilt is arguably an instance of good character, an emotional expression.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that ‘the trees teach me nothing’ is very much still the attitude today.
Demonstrators gather at the University of Florida.
The white nationalist’s visit to the University of Florida shows just how messy life’s moral dilemmas can get.
The case of tourist behaviour is especially interesting for debates about ethical decision-making.
Aboriginal elder Max Eulo holds a baby in front of a sea of 70,000 multi-coloured paper hands at the Sydney Opera House in December 2000.
Racism is again on the rise in many parts of the world. So is the dehumanisation of our enemies. What hope is there, then, for notions of a common humanity?
Philosophy was always dangerous, as the life and death of Socrates taught us. He was, need I remind you, executed not by an authoritarian regime but by a caring democracy. Times have changed however, and…