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Philosophers News & Opinion Articles

  • Mary Beard's Greece: a walk on the wise sideFri Jun 13, 2014 | theguardian.com
    Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, scientist, political theorist and critic, and universal guru, was – according to legend – a great walker. One story has it that...
  • I instagram, therefore I am: From Descartes to the 'selfie'Sat Dec 21, 2013 | haaretz.com
    Is the self autonomous, existing independently of its environment, or are we actually an inseparable part of a larger social web?
  • Why Machiavelli Still MattersMon Dec 09, 2013 | nytimes.com
    'The Prince' teaches that there are no friends in politics.
  • Machiavelli Was RightWed Nov 20, 2013 | theatlantic.com
    The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care.
  • All Is Lost and the Human ConditionMon Nov 04, 2013 | huffingtonpost.com
    Is the whole struggle for life pointless? Meaningless? The void, the chasm that is deep space, the infinity that envelops us, does anything finally matter? Why resist the...
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?Tue Sep 03, 2013 | blogs.scientificamerican.com
    The following is a parable grounded in science with an aim toward Socratic questioning. It’s dinnertime somewhere. A kid pushes a small pile of sautéed broccoli to ...
  • Annabel Lyon's The Sweet Girl: Aristotle's Mystery DaughterTue Jun 04, 2013 | thedailybeast.com
    In November 2009, I met Margaret Atwood. This was at a grand party, the pinnacle of the Canadian literary-awards season—the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala, where I was a...
  • Descartes was 'poisoned by Catholic priest'Sun Feb 14, 2010 | theguardian.com
    French philosopher was killed by arsenic-laced holy communion wafer after airing 'heretic' views, says academic.
  • Descartes and Western Civilization IndividualismTue Sep 10, 2013 | marketoracle.co.uk
    Descartes and Western Civilization Individualism
  • Philosophy Revived at Plato's AcademyWed Aug 07, 2013 | greece.greekreporter.com
    Philosophers from around the world gathered at the place where their practice really had its roots - Plato's Academy - in an Athens neighborhood as part of a series of...

Philosophers Videos

  • Atheist Debates - Pascal's Wager
    Atheist Debates - Pascal's WagerFri Aug 29, 2014
    A detailed look at Pascal's Wager as originally presented and in its modern, colloquial forms.
  • Plato and Aristotle (Introduction to Greek Philosophy)
    Plato and Aristotle (Introduction to Greek Philosophy)Thu Jan 30, 2014
    Tom Richey provides students with an introduction to Greek philosophy, contrasting Plato's idealism with Aristotle's realism and comparing the basic premise of Plato's Republic with Ar...
  • Pascal's Wager
    Pascal's WagerTue Sep 10, 2013
    Pascal's Wager is the argument that states that you should believe in God even if there is a strong chance that he might not be real, because the penalty for not believing, namely goin...
  • Why do we obey the law? The trial of Socrates
    Why do we obey the law? The trial of SocratesFri Aug 30, 2013
    Must we obey the law? I suspect the answer for most is yes. This makes sense since the alternative -- a society where people pick and choose which laws they wish to be bound by -- soun...
  • Introduction to Aristotle's System of Tragedy
    Introduction to Aristotle's System of TragedySun Aug 25, 2013
    An intro to the tragedy formula as depicted in Aristotle's "Poetics."
  • Total Philosophy: Why René Descartes said 'I think, therefore I am'
    Total Philosophy: Why René Descartes said 'I think, therefore I am'Fri Jul 26, 2013
    In this video, we explain why René Descartes said 'I think, therefore I am'. Feedback is much appreciated.
  • The Ideas of Socrates
    The Ideas of SocratesSun Apr 21, 2013
    In this lecture we examine the ideas of Socrates. We look at his exhortation to 'care for your soul', his conviction that knowledge of virtue is necessary to become virtuous, his belie...
  • Socrates: The Man and His Life
    Socrates: The Man and His LifeSat Mar 30, 2013
    In this lecture we investigate the life of Socrates. In particular, we look at two monumental events in his life: his encounter with the oracle at Delphi which pronounced him to be the...
  • Socrates: The Socratic Problem
    Socrates: The Socratic ProblemSat Mar 23, 2013
    In this lecture we investigate what is known as the Socratic problem, which is the problem as to whether we can arrive at knowledge of the historical Socrates, or whether he will alway...
  • Intro to Philosophy: Descartes' Meditations
    Intro to Philosophy: Descartes' MeditationsWed Jan 30, 2013
    This week we reflect on Descartes' Meditations.
  • What Aristotle and Joshua Bell can teach us about persuasion - Conor Neill
    What Aristotle and Joshua Bell can teach us about persuasion - Conor NeillMon Jan 14, 2013
    Imagine you are one of the world's greatest violin players, and you decide to conduct an experiment: play inside a subway station and see if anyone stops to appreciate when you are str...
  • Socrates, Plato, Aristotle
    Socrates, Plato, AristotleSun Jan 06, 2013
    Talk on the similarities, differences and lives of Greek Philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, respectively.