Philosophy

Blade Runner 2049: The Thinker’s Film of 2017?

The film, which is slated to hit theaters in October, will probe a timeless and timely question: What does it mean to be human? 

Why I Rent a Tiny Apartment Rather than Buy a Big Home

My ideal home has two rooms: a bedroom to sleep in, and a kitchen to cook in.

How We’ll Remember George Michael

By choosing to remember only half of their portraits, we deny celebrities their humanity and overlook an obvious truth.

The Christmas Story according to Luke

'I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down...'

Why Millions of Millennials Are Living in ‘Bad Faith’

Why Millions of Millennials Are Living in ‘Bad Faith’

According to Jean-Paul Sartre, someone who lives in bad faith treats themselves as an object, not as an autonomous or freely choosing agent.

10 Interesting Historical Facts about European Monasteries

The monastery was the most influential institution in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.  

Why Wandering Minds Are Unhappy Minds

A pair of Harvard researchers found that humans spend nearly half their time thinking about something other than what they’re doing.

When Rudolph Meets Beowulf

Here is what the modern Christmas ditty looks like in heroic Anglo-Saxon metre.

Prof: Why My University Shutdown My Website and Blog

College administrators often believe they have authority to suppress speech when an authors’ expressions get controversial. But is it good policy?

New Study Links Pot Use to Degenerative Brain Disorder

Has the first negative side effect to cannabis finally been found? 

When Santa Claus was Replaced by Ded Moroz

Once upon a time, in a far away land, Santa Claus gave way to Ded Moroz or “Old Man Frost.” 

‘Trump Attackers’ Who Tried to Grab this Woman’s Hijab Were Fake

Crime, like everything else in America, has become politicized.

Regretting Motherhood: A Symptom of 21st Century Anti-Natalism

“Baby regret” seems to be the zeitgeist, and we have to wonder why. 

How to Transform a Life Stuck in a Rut

As Heraclitus said, “A man’s character is his fate.” So what makes character?

Orwell on the Difference Between Patriotism and Nationalism

The difference is relatively simple. But Orwell makes it clear that nationalism has nothing to do with nationhood. 

Quick Quiz: Do You Know the Basics of Modern Philosophy?

See how culturally literate you are about modern philosophy.

Oxford Univ. Tells Students to Stop Saying ‘He’ and ‘She’

Student have formally been asked to use the gender-neutral pronoun 'ze' instead of 'she and 'he'.

Sexual Desire is Immoral Because It's Inherently Objectifying

What’s objectifying about sexual desire is its ability to numb a person to reason, both in themselves and in others.

People Can’t Stop Talking About ‘Post-Truth’; So what is it?

Defining this concept is not as easy as it appears.

Professor: America’s Public Schools Have Always Been ‘Religious’

Professor: America’s Public Schools Have Always Been ‘Religious’

Prof. Charles Glenn shows that the creation of public schools was the triumph of one particular form of religion over others.

Quiz: What's Your Purpose in Life?

Take a look at these thought-provoking quotes and see which answer leads you to your life purpose.

Is Eliminating Jobs Really ‘Progress’?

Amazon grocery stores will eliminate waiting in lines... and jobs.

How Our Contradictions Make Us Human

Contradictions are omnipresent in our intrapersonal life and they are particularly visible when strong beliefs come into play.

Does God See Humans as His Children or His Servants?

The question gets to the heart of a fundamental theological difference between Christianity and Islam.

The Moral Problem with that 'Last Tango' Rape Scene

A famous scene from the 1972 film 'The Last Tango in Paris' was shot by violating a very basic requirement for exercising moral agency.

Why Self-Discipline Must Be Selfish

 The work, the learning, the exercise, the diet: all of the things you intend to do, but don’t. Who’s it all for?

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