Stoicism is having a cultural moment, with bestselling books and podcasts taking this ancient philosophy to a new audience. But there are problems with Stoicism, both in its modern and ancient forms.
Susan Sontag’s sense of the danger of a photographic relationship to reality is not only relevant today, but positively prescient.
Truth is fundamental to our lives. Human beings cannot exist without truth, but this concept is more complex than we think.
AI models are increasingly being used to make important decision about people’s lives – just take Robodebt. Yet the complexity of these systems means we hardly understand them.
The rise of AI chatbots provides an opportunity to expand the ways we do philosophy and research, and how we engage in intellectual discourse.
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.
Zhuangzi was the gadfly of ancient Chinese philosophy. His paradoxical writings encourage a stance of therapeutic scepticism towards the world.
A new work of environmental ethics argues that the constitutive value of natural places can be understood in the language of rights.
You can’t hurt a robot – but do you want to be the kind of person who sinks the boot into a harmless robodog?
He was an important philosopher, mathematician and social reformer of his time. But Richard Price was subsequently written out of history.
The House of Wisdom was populated by a number of multitalented thinkers – at a time marked by fervent collaboration and intellectual prosperity in the Arabic-speaking world.
A philosopher offers advice on how mothers could stop being pitted against each other.
Psychological and social perspectives on economy that were developed by 19th-century philosophers can help us re-imagine economics with a human face.
Having the ability to decide either to do something or not, and to act accordingly, is a basic definition of freedom. Smart buildings challenge this freedom.
Astrology and astronomy were once practiced side by side by scientists like Galileo and Kepler. And they’re more similar than you might think.
Longtermism may be derided for focusing on implausible sci-fi scenarios of space colonisation and robot apocalypse, but it raises philosophical questions that are hard to dismiss.
Forget the tech tycoons’ pursuit of immortality: a life without limit can produce only a stagnant pond.
The fleeting nature of prices is prompting bold new research in econophysics and finance.
With the discovery of several thousand new pages of Hegel’s lecture notes, fans are hoping his famously tricky philosophy may become easier to understand – this expert isn’t so sure.