Nietzsche, Wittgenstein & Sartre Explained with Monty Python-Style Animations by The School of Life

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Angst. Nausea. Selbstüberwindung.


Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Short, Strange & Brutal Stint as an Elementary School Teacher

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Ludwig Wittgenstein finished writing the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the achievement for which most of us remember him, in 1918; three years later came its first publication in Germany. And to what problem did Wittgenstein put his luminous philosophical mind in the interim? Teaching a class of elementary schoolers in rural Austria.


How to Live a Good Life? Watch Philosophy Animations Narrated by Stephen Fry on Aristotle, Ayn Rand, Max Weber & More

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We recently featured a series of animations from BBC Radio 4 scripted by philosopher Nigel Warburton, narrated by writer, performer, and all-around wit Stephen Fry, and dealing with a big question: what is the self? Those four short videos called upon the ideas of thinkers as various as Sartre, Descartes, and Shakespeare.


Read Noam Chomsky & Sam Harris’ “Unpleasant” Email Exchange

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In 2013, we documented the acrimonious exchange between Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Žižek, which all started when Chomsky accused Žižek of “posturing–using fancy terms like polysyllables and pretending [to] have a theory when you have no theory whatsoever.


Animated Philosophers Presents a Rocking Introduction to Socrates, the Father of Greek Philosophy

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Would there be such a thing as philosophy had there been no such person—or literary character, at least—as Socrates? Surely people the world over have always asked questions about the nature of reality, and come up with all sorts of speculative answers.


What is the Self? Watch Philosophy Animations Narrated by Stephen Fry on Sartre, Descartes & More

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If you’ve followed our recent philosophy posts, you’ve heard Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) speak on what makes us human, the origins of the universe, and whether technology has changed us, and Harry Shearer speak on ethics — or rather, you’ve heard them narrate short educational animations from the BBC scripted by Philosophy B


Slavoj Žižek Calls Political Correctness a Form of “Modern Totalitarianism”

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Opinions on what we generally mean by the phrase “political correctness” vary widely.


The Contributions of Women Philosophers Recovered by the New Project Vox Website

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“If I am condemned, I shall be annihilated to nothing: but my ambition is such, as I would either be a world, or nothing.” – Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673)
A philosophy candidate or feminist scholar venturing into Duke University’s new Project Vox website may experience a sensation akin to discovering King Tut’s tomb.


Teacher Calls Jacques Derrida’s College Admission Essay on Shakespeare “Quite Incomprehensible” (1951)

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Backstories of famously accomplished people seem incomplete without some past difficulty or failure to be overcome. In narrative terms, these incidents provide biographies with their dramatic tension.


Read An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments: A Fun Primer on How to Strengthen, Not Weaken, Your Arguments

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The science of argumentation can seem complicated, but in day-to-day terms, it quite often comes down to competing emotions.


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