Faith and reason are often treated as opposites. But some philosophers believe they can only strengthen each other, including the Jewish sage Maimonides, who wrote the famous ‘Guide to the Perplexed.’
Words have power, and what vocabulary you have at your disposal to describe your relationships with other people can shape what directions those relationships can take.
What is healthy self-love? Psychology experts and philosophers have long debated the question.
We are constantly talking to ourselves, but our internal monologues have received surprisingly little attention from philosophers, until now.
When it feels like so many people are in need of compassion, how do we decide where to direct it?
Finding common ground is a crucial first step in overcoming differences of opinion and perspective.
Philosophers of art have, at times, entertained quite seriously the claim that art can come to an end.
Intellectual humility doesn’t mean anyone can change your mind, a philosopher writes – but it might mean learning from the ‘other side’ in surprising ways.
Christopher Lasch’s sharp-tonged a critique of American society was a product of its time, but has things to say about the present.
The 24-hour system was independently invented multiple times.
People who hold higher levels of hope will be less likely to experience symptoms of depression. Shared hopes are also important for expectations of national and international futures.
Sixty years ago, philosopher Hannah Arendt argued an interplanetary perspective may be bad news for humanity as we know it.
The feasibility of mind uploading rests on three core assumptions. How plausible is each one, really?
Sapolsky summarises the latest scientific research relevant to determinism: the idea that we’re causally ‘determined’ to act as we do and couldn’t possibly act any other way.
Stoicism isn’t just a set of ideas; it’s meant to be put into practice. The ancient philosophy is finding new fans through online communities.
From Plato to Schopenhauer, the philosophers have vastly different takes on the age old question of whether to procreate.
A new book follows four women philosophers through ten of the worst years in the 20th century, spanning 1933, the year Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany, to the thick of the second world war.
Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was anything but banal. His case is an apt reminder of how evil agents can deflect accountability, denying victims even the thin consolation of the moral high ground.
Everybody thinks they know what drugs are, but a clear definition is surprisingly elusive.
Bit by bit, the philosopher Rai Gaita showed Maria Tumarkin and Juliet Rogers the morally serious worth of face-to-face conversation.