We know that pigs or dogs will never understand prime numbers. Some philosophers think that concepts like consciousness are similarly inaccessible to humans.
How to deal with a world that is going a bit off-kilter? Some classic texts can give a few pointers.
Xenophobia negates the spirit of pan-Africanism, especially its ideal that Africans share a mutual bond, regardless of their geographical location.
Bruce Springsteen is The Boss, Aristotle is The Philosopher. And they have a great deal in common, if you know where to look.
We need to look at what's behind arguments for and against drug testing welfare recipients to avoid repeating the same debate, over and over.
Cantona was right to raise concerns about the future, says an expert on transhumanism.
Michel Foucault was one of the most famous thinkers of the late 20th century, achieving celebrity-like status before his death. His theories about power and social change continue to resonate.
The battle between nationalism and a wider European identity in the 19th century has influenced philosophy to this day.
Teaching children philosophy can help improve academic results. But the main reason it should be used in schools is it allows children a space to make sense of the world, and meaning in their lives.
We can justify different standards for different Twitter users by turning to the philosophical ideas about public debate.
'Saving the planet doesn’t make compelling TV.' A philosopher gives his take on the legacy of the Apollo 11 moon landings.
Free inquiry has always been a fraught business, from Eden to Facebook, but is a key component of any open society. It shouldn't be taken for granted.
The more humans seek happiness, the more it can elude them. In exploring this conundrum, a Nigerian novelist spoke with everyday people in his country, finding the coexistence of hope and deprivation.
The Ancient Greeks modelled a form of education that, in variants, has endured for centuries. But with climate change and globalisation, the world has changed, and the role of education with it.
The real ethical challenge of driverless cars is not deciding how they respond in emergencies – it's facing up to the failings of human drivers.
We need to accept the incomplete nature of our knowledge, question and adopt alternative views.
Pierre Bayle, one of the most widely read philosophers, said tolerance should be based on humanity, not on faith.
Cult film The Matrix was released 20 years ago this month. From Plato to Baudrillard, the film explored philosophical dilemmas we are still wrestling with today.
Climate change is an emergency which will hurt the planet's most vulnerable people – the only irrational response is cool detachment.
Researchers get their first glimpse into what happens in the brain when we consciously relinquish control over our actions and go with the flow.