Smile like you mean it

"With a camera you can go into the stomach of a kangaroo," mused Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. "But to look at the human face, I think, is the most fascinating." It is hard to contest Bergman’s
"With a camera you can go into the stomach of a kangaroo," mused Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. "But to look at the human face, I think, is the most fascinating." It is hard to contest Bergman’s [More]

Nikolai Trubetzkoy’s road to history

A century ago, the Russian Revolution broke out in November of 1917, followed by a bloody civil war lasting until the early 1920s. Millions of families were displaced, fleeing to Europe and Asia.
A century ago, the Russian Revolution broke out in November of 1917, followed by a bloody civil war lasting until the early 1920s. Millions of families were displaced, fleeing to Europe and Asia. [More]

Boredom’s push

There are crimes of passion, those of rage and of love. And then, there are crimes of boredom. Arson, animal abuse, and murder have all been committed in the name of boredom. The post Boredom’s push
There are crimes of passion, those of rage and of love. And then, there are crimes of boredom. Arson, animal abuse, and murder have all been committed in the name of boredom. The post Boredom’s push [More]

Aesthetics and politics: Donald Trump’s idea of art and beauty

President Donald Trump's description of Confederate statues as "beautiful" merely mirrors his previously-mentioned objects of aesthetic preference. Before the statues, there was the "beautiful
President Donald Trump's description of Confederate statues as "beautiful" merely mirrors his previously-mentioned objects of aesthetic preference. Before the statues, there was the "beautiful [More]

Who is the expert on your well-being?

The "science of well-being" (aka positive psychology, quality of life or happiness studies) applies scientific method to what was previously personal, inscrutable, philosophical--happiness and good
The "science of well-being" (aka positive psychology, quality of life or happiness studies) applies scientific method to what was previously personal, inscrutable, philosophical--happiness and good [More]

Moses Mendelssohn’s Hebrew politics

How tolerant and diverse should a society be? Are there limits to the views that a society should accept? Can individuals from diverse backgrounds join together to contribute to the common good, and
How tolerant and diverse should a society be? Are there limits to the views that a society should accept? Can individuals from diverse backgrounds join together to contribute to the common good, and [More]

Infrequently asked questions: The Monologic Imagination

In the online age, a tried and true method of conveying a lot of information succinctly is the “Frequently Asked Questions” portion of a webpage. In the spirit of honesty and forthrightness, we’re
In the online age, a tried and true method of conveying a lot of information succinctly is the “Frequently Asked Questions” portion of a webpage. In the spirit of honesty and forthrightness, we’re [More]

Two paradoxes of belief

The Liar paradox arises via considering the Liar sentence: L: L is not true. and then reasoning in accordance with the: T-schema: Φ is true if and only if what Φ says is the case. Along similar
The Liar paradox arises via considering the Liar sentence: L: L is not true. and then reasoning in accordance with the: T-schema: Φ is true if and only if what Φ says is the case. Along similar [More]

Gunk as you never knew it

“Is everything entirely made up of atoms?…Or is everything made up of atomless ‘gunk’—as Lewis (1991: 20) calls it—that divides forever into smaller and smaller parts?”
“Is everything entirely made up of atoms?…Or is everything made up of atomless ‘gunk’—as Lewis (1991: 20) calls it—that divides forever into smaller and smaller parts?” [More]

How well do you know Sir Karl Raimund Popper? [quiz]

This  August, the OUP Philosophy team honours Sir Karl Raimund Popper (1902–1994) as their Philosopher of the Month. A British (Austrian-born) philosopher, Popper’s considerable reputation comes
This  August, the OUP Philosophy team honours Sir Karl Raimund Popper (1902–1994) as their Philosopher of the Month. A British (Austrian-born) philosopher, Popper’s considerable reputation comes [More]