Rachel Hadas says that despite the cascade of scary news, humans will adapt, as they always have – and provides evidence of that resilience in the literature she loves and teaches.
Each new technology raises concerns about how they will negatively affect our ability to think, retain and process information. But these technologies don’t detract from our cognitive abilities.
Is there an essence of love? Is it ultimately about commitment? Philosophy can offer some answers.
Trump might have popularised the idea of fake news, but 26 centuries ago Plato and Thucydides were convinced intellectuals and poets were duping the people and undermining democracy.
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.
A whistle-stop tour of the history of placebos.
The French satirical magazine republished the controversial caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. An expert says satire has often been a subject of condemnation.
Ancient Greek philosophers including Plato likened civic leaders to doctors, creating a healthy society through balance and moderation. Those ideas feed into what we expect from leaders today.
Trump’s firing of witnesses who testified during his impeachment trial has been described as ‘retribution.’ But these actions are actually revenge, a political scientist says.
Plato’s Republic is one of the most influential books in history. It has been claimed by people on all sides of the political spectrum and continues to resonate today.
From the earliest days of democracy, thinkers have warned that letting the people rule could work out badly.
The challenges of climate can seem overwhelming. But individual choices can be guided by ancient wisdom.
Many of us go through life in the hope of finding the ideal soulmate – our missing half. The reason may be deeply embedded in religious beliefs.
Members of the European Research Group are right to compare themselves to ancient Spartan warriors. Behind their combative stance, they seem to have no plan for when the Brexit war is over.
A new look at ancient texts allows for a pivotal perspective on the role of a certain Greek woman.
The coworking company, WeWork, has banned meat, citing an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. For centuries, philosophers have made a moral case against meat-eating.
The important lessons from one of the most notorious cases of sexual manipulation took place not off-screen but right in front of the camera.
An ancient Roman fable imagines a cinaedus, well-known for his brazen effeminacy, fighting heroically. The story raises concerns over gender identity in the military – much like those seen today.
Romantic love is seen as the answer to life’s problems, when it could often be the start of many headaches and heartaches. So, what is true love?
Is Donald Trump’s election a sign that something is wrong with our democracy? A philosopher argues that just the opposite is true.