Are we responsible for our lifestyle diseases?

Within the last couple of decades more and more research have shown a number of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, to be associated with particular lifestyle
Within the last couple of decades more and more research have shown a number of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, to be associated with particular lifestyle [More]

Voltaire’s love letters

Voltaire had numerous passionate affairs, and engaged in an enormous amount of private correspondence with his lovers, much of which has been kept for posterity. Providing a fascinating insight into
Voltaire had numerous passionate affairs, and engaged in an enormous amount of private correspondence with his lovers, much of which has been kept for posterity. Providing a fascinating insight into [More]

Should we act on our beliefs? The vexing nature of responsibility

Some people think that voting for Donald Trump was a detestable thing to do, whereas others are convinced that we had an obligation to vote for him in order to get rid of the political elite. Of
Some people think that voting for Donald Trump was a detestable thing to do, whereas others are convinced that we had an obligation to vote for him in order to get rid of the political elite. Of [More]

How many famous philosophy quotes do you know? [quiz]

This November, the OUP Philosophy team celebrates UNESCO's World Philosophy Day! We've highlighted a selection of some of our most popular philosophy research across various disciplines, and created
This November, the OUP Philosophy team celebrates UNESCO's World Philosophy Day! We've highlighted a selection of some of our most popular philosophy research across various disciplines, and created [More]

On Hokusai’s woodblock prints

Sometimes when looking at some piece of reality, puzzling choices have to be made when describing it as ‘one’, as ‘many’ or perhaps as neither ‘one’ nor ‘many’. Three woodblock prints of the artist
Sometimes when looking at some piece of reality, puzzling choices have to be made when describing it as ‘one’, as ‘many’ or perhaps as neither ‘one’ nor ‘many’. Three woodblock prints of the artist [More]

Accepting Victory/Accepting Defeat

Embed from Getty Images I am writing this on November 7, 2016. This is the day before the United States’ presidential election. While other matters are on the ballot, the main contest is between
Embed from Getty Images I am writing this on November 7, 2016. This is the day before the United States’ presidential election. While other matters are on the ballot, the main contest is between [More]

Specters in the stacks: Haunted libraries in the United States

Some people love libraries so much, they never leave. Though no living human being knows exactly what happens—or doesn’t happen—after death, certain library patrons have reported unnatural,
Some people love libraries so much, they never leave. Though no living human being knows exactly what happens—or doesn’t happen—after death, certain library patrons have reported unnatural, [More]

What are we asking when we ask why?

"Why? WHY?" If, like me, you have small children, you spend all day trying to answer this question. It's not easy: sometimes there is no answer (a recent exchange: “Sharing is when you let someone
"Why? WHY?" If, like me, you have small children, you spend all day trying to answer this question. It's not easy: sometimes there is no answer (a recent exchange: “Sharing is when you let someone [More]

The Murder of Truth

“When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.” -Merlin Embed from Getty Images There is an old joke that asks “how do you know a politician is lying?” The answer is, of course, “you can see
“When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.” -Merlin Embed from Getty Images There is an old joke that asks “how do you know a politician is lying?” The answer is, of course, “you can see [More]

Specters in the stacks: Haunted libraries in the US

Some people love libraries so much, they never leave. Though no living human being knows exactly what happens—or doesn’t happen—after death, certain library patrons have reported unnatural,
Some people love libraries so much, they never leave. Though no living human being knows exactly what happens—or doesn’t happen—after death, certain library patrons have reported unnatural, [More]