Tantrums and overflowing nappies are no fun. But happiness is more than a bunch of pleasant feelings, as influential philosophers have argued.
The idea of healing benefits and emotional catharsis through reading is intuitively appealing. But does it work that way? Jane Turner Goldsmith finds answers in neuroscience, philosophy and more.
You can’t hurt a robot – but do you want to be the kind of person who sinks the boot into a harmless robodog?
Virtue signaling is designed to communicate specifically to one partisan tribe and to affirm its moral superiority. A scholar of ethics and politics explains why that is unwelcome in a divided US.
Ambition is a two-edged sword: both creative and destructive. Debate about its value has raged since antiquity and there is a long tradition of casting ambitious women as monsters.
The ancient Greeks had the same problems with populism, hate speech and fake news as Twitter does today.
A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.
Inspirational and brave, the Ukrainian president exhibits all seven ‘virtues’ of effective crisis leadership.
A scholar of democratic virtues explains why Dominican monk Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on hope are relevant today.
Two tongue tips are better than one – an evolutionary biologist explains why snakes have forked tongues.
Apps like Klarna, Clearpay and Sezzle have rocketed in popularity during the pandemic.
We ought to worry that the pandemic has made it even easier to reduce teaching to disseminating knowledge.
Charles Schwab mistakenly transferred over $1.2 million to the account of a woman who then kept the money. Did she have a moral obligation to return it? An expert says the answer is not that simple.
If you still haven’t seen this movie about a jazz pianist whose soul goes on a great adventure, it’s about time you did.
False premises, fear-based reasoning and mob thinking are baked into the platform, allowing misinformation to thrive.
A classics scholar and poet turns to Greek mythology, especially the story of Oedipus the King, to explain the drama – or perhaps tragedy – that is taking place in the highest office in the land.
Machine logic can be too precise to seem fully human. Chatbots that learn logic from Aristotle instead might behave more like people.
Infection rates of COVID-19 have soared among prisoners in the US. An expert on penal policy considers what is ‘unjust and disproportionate’ punishment at this time.
Strippers, by the nature of their jobs, need to get close to others. Is there a way to do this safely during the coronavirus crisis?
As the coronavirus spreads far and wide, a political philosopher argues that it is a time to understand that the idea of individual happiness does not work without thinking of the larger good.