Philosopher of the month: Plato

The OUP Philosophy team have selected Plato (c. 429–c.347 BC) as their February Philosopher of the Month. The best known and most widely studied of all the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato laid the
The OUP Philosophy team have selected Plato (c. 429–c.347 BC) as their February Philosopher of the Month. The best known and most widely studied of all the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato laid the [More]

Seders, symposiums, and drinking parties

The symposium is a familiar feature of academic life today: a scholarly gathering where work on a given topic or theme is presented and discussed. While the event may be followed by a dinner and
The symposium is a familiar feature of academic life today: a scholarly gathering where work on a given topic or theme is presented and discussed. While the event may be followed by a dinner and [More]

Werewolves of Instantiation

While the truly classic werewolf is a human with the ability to shift into the shape of a wolf, the movie versions typically feature a transformation to a wolf-human hybrid. The standard werewolf
While the truly classic werewolf is a human with the ability to shift into the shape of a wolf, the movie versions typically feature a transformation to a wolf-human hybrid. The standard werewolf [More]

Sex, death, booze, and mung bean sandwiches

How do opera and philosophy intersect? At first glance, this might seem like a strange question, for opera and philosophy are unlikely bedfellows. To speak of philosophy conjures up images of dry
How do opera and philosophy intersect? At first glance, this might seem like a strange question, for opera and philosophy are unlikely bedfellows. To speak of philosophy conjures up images of dry [More]

Beauty and the brain

Can you imagine a concert hall full of chimpanzees sitting, concentrated, and feeling 'transported' by the beauty of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony? Even harder would be to imagine a chimpanzee feeling
Can you imagine a concert hall full of chimpanzees sitting, concentrated, and feeling 'transported' by the beauty of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony? Even harder would be to imagine a chimpanzee feeling [More]

Introduction to Philosophy

View image | gettyimages.com The following provides a (mostly) complete Introduction to Philosophy course. Readings & Notes (PDF) Intro Readings  Intro Notes  Class Videos (YouTube) Part I
View image | gettyimages.com The following provides a (mostly) complete Introduction to Philosophy course. Readings & Notes (PDF) Intro Readings  Intro Notes  Class Videos (YouTube) Part I [More]

Can you match the quote to the philosopher? [quiz]

Philosophy is one of the oldest fields of study in the world, branching out to various areas. How well do you know the writings of the most influential philosophers? Do you know the difference
Philosophy is one of the oldest fields of study in the world, branching out to various areas. How well do you know the writings of the most influential philosophers? Do you know the difference [More]

8-Bit Philosophy

Creative (if not a bit tongue-in-cheek) mashups on old 8-bit video games designed to impart of bit of ancient and contemporary wisdom using well-loved actors such as Zelda, Mario Bros., and Donkey Kong. Learn about the philosophy of Plato, Nietzsche, Descartes, and Kierkegaard while reminiscing about your Nintendo game system.
Creative (if not a bit tongue-in-cheek) mashups on old 8-bit video games designed to impart of bit of ancient and contemporary wisdom using well-loved actors such as Zelda, Mario Bros., and Donkey Kong. Learn about the philosophy of Plato, Nietzsche, Descartes, and Kierkegaard while reminiscing about your Nintendo game system. [More]

What Plato can teach us

It’s been said – Alfred North Whitehead said it – that the history of philosophy is a “series of footnotes to Plato.” Funny. And completely wrong…
It’s been said – Alfred North Whitehead said it – that the history of philosophy is a “series of footnotes to Plato.” Funny. And completely wrong… [More]

Where Do You Belong? Divergent and Plato's Republic

Hollywood loves turning books into movies. So what would Plato’s The Republic look like on the big screen? I would wager money it would look something similar to the movie Divergent.
Hollywood loves turning books into movies. So what would Plato’s The Republic look like on the big screen? I would wager money it would look something similar to the movie Divergent. [More]