As strategies go, whataboutism is more attack than debate. Using it isn’t about reasoned argument but winning a fight, no matter the cost to truth.
Wives were not a part of intellectual life – but sex workers were often seen as having captivating minds, as well as captivating bodies.
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.
Stoic philosopher Epictetus tells us not to worry about things we can’t control, prepare for the unexpected and slow down on the judginess. This is great lockdown advice over 2,000 years later.
Hope does not ride alone. It has a companion: anxiety. A classics scholar who is a poet notes that, at what may be the end of a long and dark pandemic year, both are in evidence.
Though hypocrites seemingly relinquish their moral authority, the trial against Socrates shows us that our favoritism for public figures is stronger than our judgments of their hypocrisy.
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.
The challenges of climate can seem overwhelming. But individual choices can be guided by ancient wisdom.
We need to accept the incomplete nature of our knowledge, question and adopt alternative views.
Many Americans are fretting over paying their taxes. A philosopher says the moral question isn’t as much about a duty toward the government, but being fair to fellow tax-paying citizens.
A new look at ancient texts allows for a pivotal perspective on the role of a certain Greek woman.
The beautiful game still needs to perform on bigger social issues.
“The Magnificent Seven” was a slice of daily life, a class struggle song framed by the sound of funk and the emergent hip-hop in New York.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that ‘the trees teach me nothing’ is very much still the attitude today.
Schools and universities have a responsibility to protect students from hate speech while also exposing them to views that disrupt their ways of thinking and ideas of the world.
It’s more important than ever that the U.S. understand China. So why don’t our universities teach Chinese thought?
It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.
No comfort in Dennett for detractors of philosophy and humanities research …
A prominent ethicist was recently accused of manipulating younger women into sexual relationships. A philosopher argues that being an ethicist comes with obligations. Otherwise, what is ethics for?