Albert Camus Explains Why Happiness Is Like Committing a Crime—”You Should Never Admit to it” (1959)

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Note: You can read a translation below.
Happiness, as it has been conceived for at least the past couple thousand years in Western philosophy, is a problem.


Download Animals and Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights (Free)

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FYI: Nathan Nobis, a philosophy professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, recently published Animals and Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights.


An Animated Introduction to Arthur Schopenhauer and How We Can Achieve Happiness Through Art & Philosophy

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For many years, as we wrote in a recent post, Friedrich Nietzsche has been misunderstood as a philosophical nihilist and even a proto-Nazi. This is unfortunate, given all Nietzsche has to say about living courageously in the face of nihilism and proto-Nazism, both of which he feared and hated.


Are We Living Inside a Computer Simulation?: An Introduction to the Mind-Boggling “Simulation Argument”

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The idea that we are living in a vast computer simulation as hyper-sophisticated simulated characters with limited self-awareness sounds like the kind of thing that issues forth from stoned philosophy majors in late night dorm room sessions.


Yale Presents a Free Online Course on Literary Theory, Covering Structuralism, Deconstruction & More

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It’s been a hallmark of the culture wars in the last few decades for politicians and opinionators to rail against academia.


Study Shows That Teaching Young Kids Philosophy Improves Their Academic Performance, Making Them Better at Reading & Math

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Should we teach philosophy to children? You’d have a hard time, I imagine, convincing many readers of this site that we shouldn’t.


How Did Nietzsche Become the Most Misunderstood & Bastardized Philosopher?: A Video from Slate Explains

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Is there a more misunderstood philosopher than Friedrich Nietzsche? Granted, the question makes two assumptions: 1) That people read philosophy 2) That people read Friedrich Nietzsche. Perhaps neither of these things is widely true.


Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: An Animated Introduction to the Most Insightful Study of American Democracy

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We cannot rightly see ourselves without honest feedback. Those who surround themselves with sycophants and people just like them only hear what they want to hear, and never get an accurate sense of their capabilities and shortcomings. And so the best feedback often comes from people outside our in-groups.


Take a Break from Your Frantic Day & Let Alan Watts Introduce You to the Calming Ways of Zen

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By the end of the 1960s, Alan Watts had become one of the gurus of the counterculture. Though he was not really a Zen Buddhist, he was many a person’s gateway into the religion due to The Way of Zen published in 1958. His was a philosophical and populist approach to Eastern religion, an antecedent to the Eckhart Tolles of our time.


How Machiavelli Really Thought We Should Use Power: Two Animated Videos Provide an Introduction

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Nice guys, so they say, finish last. Many of us might instinctively label such a worldview “Machiavellian,” partially for good reason and partially not.


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