Watch a 2-Year-Old Solve Philosophy’s Famous Ethical “Trolley Problem” (It Doesn’t End Well)

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“A runaway train is heading towards five workers on a railway line. There’s no way of warning, but you’re standing near a lever that operates some points. Switch the points, and the train goes down a spur. Trouble is, there’s another worker on that bit of track too, but it’s one fatality instead of five.


Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writing with Style (1882)

≡ Category: Philosophy, Psychology, Writing |1 Comment

The life of Russian-born poet, novelist, critic, and first female psychologist Lou Andreas-Salomé has provided fodder for both salacious speculation and intellectual drama in film and on the page for the amount of romantic attention she attracted from European intellectuals like philosopher Paul Rée, poet Ranier Maria Rilke, and Friedrich Nietzs


Slavoj Žižek Answers the Question “Should We Teach Children to Believe in Santa Claus?”

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Local parent tells other local parent how to raise their children: this scenario has provoked many a neighborhood listserv flamewar, and maybe a street brawl or three. Unkempt and inflammatory philosopher Slavoj Žižek telling parents how to raise their children? Well… maybe a few hundred eyerolls.
I exaggerate.


Medieval Doodler Draws a “Rockstar Lady” in a Manuscript of Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy (Circa 1500)

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By the early 6th century, the Western Roman Empire had effectively come to an end after the deposition of the final emperor and the installation of Germanic kings. Under the second such ruler, Theodoric the Great, emerged one of the most influential works of literature of the European Middle Ages: The Consolation of Philosophy.


Was There a First Human Language?: Theories from the Enlightenment Through Noam Chomsky

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During the 17th and 18th centuries, European Enlightenment philosophers discarded the origin stories in religious texts as wildly implausible or simply allegorical. But they found themselves charged with coming up with their own, naturalistic explanations for the origins of life, law, morality, etc.


Why Socrates Hated Democracies: An Animated Case for Why Self-Government Requires Wisdom & Education

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How often have you heard the quote in one form or another? “Democracy is the worst form of Government,” said Winston Churchill in 1947, “except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time….


Zen Master Alan Watts Explains What Made Carl Jung Such an Influential Thinker

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The twentieth century produced a fair few thinkers on the human mind whose observations still resonate today.


Philosopher Richard Rorty Chillingly Predicts the Results of the 2016 Election … Back in 1998

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Twenty years ago a strong academic left in universities all over the world spoke to political culture the way that a globalized nationalist far-right seems to now. Among public intellectuals in the U.S., Richard Rorty’s name held particular sway.


Henry David Thoreau on When Civil Disobedience and Resistance Are Justified (1849)

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History is rife with examples of oppressive governments. The present is rife with examples of oppressive governments. You can name your own examples.


An Animated, Monty Python-Style Introduction to the Søren Kierkegaard, the First Existentialist

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When first I visited Copenhagen, I went over, as many tourists do, to the Assistens Cemetery to find the grave of Søren Kierkegaard.


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