Philosophy

Alain de Botton: Constant need for news updates has ushered in ‘a news addiction age’

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Video here Technology has ushered in “a news addiction age” prompting people to crave regular updates at the expense of quiet contemplation, philosopher and author Alain de Botton says. The British writer says ease of access to news material in Western societies has led to the consumption of excessive amounts of news content. “It would never have occurred to our ... Read More »

Alan Watts – How Could This Happen To Me [Must Listen]

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Alan Watts Bibliography Alan Watts is one of the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. In addition to his 28 books, Alan Watts delivered hundreds of public lectures and seminars the recordings of which have been preserved in the archives of the Electronic University. Alan’s eldest son Mark Watts has reviewed and cataloged these talks to prepare them ... Read More »

Playing With Plato

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Philosophers eager to write for popular audiences are finding readers who want answers science can’t offer. Jump to comments When I was 21, I was trying to decide whether to become a doctor or a philosophy professor. My older brother, whose advice I usually followed, asked me why I wanted to study philosophy. I was evasive. Finally I admitted that ... Read More »

Jose Antonio Abreu, Venezuela’s musical visionary

In a country as polarised as Venezuela, it is hard to think of a public figure who can work for nine different administrations over four decades and come out at the other end unscathed. Mr Abreu invented El Sistema, which has provided free music education to millions But Jose Antonio Abreu is such a man. Granted, he is not your ... Read More »

When Tony Abbott met Socrates

The Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was condemned and put to death for “corrupting the youth” of Athens. The same fate is unlikely to meet contemporary philosophers. Any resemblance to actual people – living or dead – is coincidental. Troy/jacqueline poggi Indeed, it is much more likely for them be written off as socially irrelevant. For that reason, it might well ... Read More »

The Dangers of Pseudoscience

Philosophers of science have been preoccupied for a while with what they call the “demarcation problem,” the issue of what separates good science from bad science and pseudoscience (and everything in between). The problem is relevant for at least three reasons. ””” What happens when a theory adopts the external trappings of science, but without the substance? ””” The first ... Read More »

Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories

Gregory Currie, Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories, Oxford University Press, 2010, 243pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199282609. Reviewed by James Harold, Mount Holyoke College I expect Gregory Currie’s new book, Narratives and Narrators, to attain the same importance and influence in philosophical thinking about narrative that his earlier books The Nature of Fiction and Image and Mindhave had in ... Read More »

Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?

Reza Aslan, a religious scholar with a Ph.D. in the sociology of religions from the University of California and author of the new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” went on FoxNews.com’s online show Spirited Debate to promote his book only to be prodded about why a Muslim would write a historical book about Jesus. Fyi: ... Read More »

Why It’s A Good Time To Read Voltaire

The optimism of Candide was challenged on his travels. Those bewildered by the no-advantage principle on asylum seekers could do worse than turn to Voltaire for help, writes Genevieve Lloyd In his novella Candide, published in 1759, Voltaire has his hero — or anti-hero — exposed to a succession of shocks arising from persistently thwarted expectations of benign rationality. In ... Read More »