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Why do humans have property?

Property is a rather old subject. We’ve been writing about it since at least the time of the Sumerian tablets, in part, because after four and a half millennia we still haven’t settled on what property is, who has it, how we get it, or even what it’s for. The post Why do humans have property? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesUS journalism’s complicity in democratic backslidingIs it rational to condemn an artwork for an artist’s personal immorality?Six leadership practices that create an agile [More]

A tribute to the fallen

President Trump is reliably reported to have referred to soldiers who have fallen in battle as “losers” and “suckers.” Supposedly, on November 10, 2018, he refused to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, outside Paris. It was raining and he feared his hair would get mussed. On hearing this—reported in the Atlantic magazine—I was totally surprised […] The post A tribute to the fallen appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesHow protecting human rights can help us increase our Global Health ImpactWilliam Sanders Scarborough and the enduring legacy of black classical scholarshipThe reconversion of Hagia Sophia in [More]

How protecting human rights can help us increase our Global Health Impact

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges across the world, justice and equality demand our attention. Does everyone have a human right to health and to access new essential medicines researchers develop? Can pharmaceutical companies patent the medicines and charge high prices, selling them to whoever can pay the most? How can data help us address global […] The post How protecting human rights can help us increase our Global Health Impact appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesDo you feel sorry for first year university students?The role of masculinity in reforming police departmentsThe reconversion of Hagia Sophia in [More]

Gottfried Leibniz: the last universal genius

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German seventeenth-century philosopher, an incredible logician, and one of the most important contributors to the philosophy of metaphysics, philosophical theology, mathematics, and ethics. His metaphysical career spanned over thirty years, and he was an inspiration to other contemporary philosophers from the Enlightenment period. Born in 1646 in Leipzig, Germany, […] The post Gottfried Leibniz: the last universal genius appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesForgotten Danish philosopher K E. LøgstrupIs motion an illusion of the senses?Six of the best Italian [More]

Nine books on philosophy and race [reading list]

Featuring a selection of new titles from leading voices, and major works from across the discipline, the OUP Philosophy team has selected several of its important books exploring race from different philosophical perspectives. From David Livingstone Smith’s On Inhumanity, which provides an unflinching guide to the phenomenon of dehumanization, to Naomi Zack’s The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy […] The post Nine books on philosophy and race [reading list] appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesSix French comedies you should seeWe hear Beethoven’s music as autobiography, but that wasn’t always the caseConjunction [More]

What we can learn from ancient Greeks about tyranny

In their brand-new democracy, the people of ancient Athens knew there was one form of government they never wanted to suffer through again: tyranny. They loved to see plays depicting tyrants on stage. These rulers typically do not listen to advice or expert opinion. But authority figures who don’t listen don’t learn; they make terrible […] The post What we can learn from ancient Greeks about tyranny appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesExploring hypothetical thinkingWhat we can learn from tragedyFive things to know about F. Scott [More]

Exploring hypothetical thinking

What is hypothetical thinking? We do it continually. Consider making a decision, from choosing what to eat to choosing what to do about a dangerous disease. In deciding between options, you have to consider each of them, working out what’s likely to happen if  you take it, then compare the results. A natural human way to […] The post Exploring hypothetical thinking appeared first on OUPblog.         Related Stories“Scram” and its ungainly kinSmartphones are pacifiers for tough timesDry and thirsty, part 2: [More]

New Tool for Exploring Philosophy

philosophies.space is an online tool that maps relationships between concepts and thinkers in philosophy and enables the user to visually explore the "philosophical space" around an idea or thinker. The tool was created by Stefan Haselwimmer. The system allows anyone with a web browser to take a visual overview of philosophical research and zoom into specific areas of interest. [More]

When a Fundamentalist Finds Philosophy

I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same. [More]

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