In Defense of Difficulty

When did difficulty become suspect in American culture? The ideal of seriousness was never widely shared, but it used to be seen as worth striving for…
When did difficulty become suspect in American culture? The ideal of seriousness was never widely shared, but it used to be seen as worth striving for… [More]

IAI Debate: Secrets of the Mind

Many philosophers hold that the essence of consciousness is the first person experience of being a conscious being, a phenomenon irreducible to any third-person analysis. Others demur. On which side do you fall?
Many philosophers hold that the essence of consciousness is the first person experience of being a conscious being, a phenomenon irreducible to any third-person analysis. Others demur. On which side do you fall? [More]

Steven Pinker’s history of thought

Steven Pinker learned early that every intellectual needs an affectation. So he’s left his Spinoza-like hairdo – long, curly – unchanged since the 70s…
Steven Pinker learned early that every intellectual needs an affectation. So he’s left his Spinoza-like hairdo – long, curly – unchanged since the 70s… [More]

IAI Video: Thinking the Unthinkable

A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere?
A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere? [More]

What Philosophers Do

Humorous photo album of the perception of philosophers. Self-perception is usually the most accurate . . .
Humorous photo album of the perception of philosophers. Self-perception is usually the most accurate . . . [More]