Philosophy

MONA director David Walsh started museum out of guilt for making millions as professional gambler

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MONA founder David Walsh says guilt over making millions of dollars as a professional gambler was one of the driving forces behind his decision to set up the internationally famous Hobart gallery. Mr Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art is now a major tourist drawcard on the Hobart waterfront, drawing visitors from all over the world. But the gambler-turned-art ... Read More »

The new Socrates? Artist Tino Sehgal sets up talking shop in Athens agora

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Tino Sehgal’s latest interactive artwork in Athens pays tribute to the masters of philosophy – hopefully without the same deadly end result  Jump to comments How do you keep ancient Greek civilisation alive in the 21st-century? Tino Sehgal’s new show – or event, or whatever this artist of social interaction’s work ought to be called – is at the Roman agora in Athens. ... Read More »

Tolerance is more than putting up with things – it’s a moral virtue

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We hear a lot about tolerance these days. Tolerance is a moral virtue best placed within the moral domain – but unfortunately it is often confounded with prejudice. Much of the psychological research about tolerance generally and about the development of children’s understanding of tolerance of others who are different from them has been examined through research about prejudice – ... Read More »

ISIS Cuts Art, Music, and History Education in Iraq

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The school year began September 9 in Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-occupied Mosul, Iraq, where extremists have eliminated art, music, history, literature, and classes about Christianity from the curriculum, reports CBS. So far, families in the second-largest city in Iraq have responded by keeping their children home. Homeschooling has become a popular option. “What’s important to us now is ... Read More »

Athens Forum 2014: Democracy under Pressure

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The “Athens Forum 2014: Democracy under Pressure” is a series of events that will take place in Athens on September 15, and coincides with the UN International Day of Democracy. The program is co-hosted by the International New York Times and the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, and held in cooperation with the United Nations Democracy Fund as its principal global event. This year’s event follows ... Read More »

Machiavelli: Still Shocking after Five Centuries

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‘Of all the writers in the “realist” canon—from Thucydides and Hobbes to Morgenthau and Mearsheimer—it is Niccolo Machiavelli who retains the greatest capacity to shock. In 1513, banished from his beloved Florence, Machiavelli drafted his masterwork, The Prince. Five centuries later his primer on statecraft remains required if unsettling reading for practitioners and students of politics. Machiavelli’s originality—and the source of ... Read More »

The ancient roots of self-help

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The self-help industry is reportedly worth $13bn in the US alone. Robin Ince looks at the roots of a literary tradition that goes from strength to strength. Once life became more than chasing beasts, running away from bigger beasts, occasional mating and surviving ice ages, things got complicated. Once your life became a little more secure, you had to work ... Read More »

Working in the Medium of Science

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‘Colliding Worlds’ Explores Art Driven by Science Scientists are logical, making observations and running experiments, then building theories that explain the data. Artists are emotional, working in solitude and by intuition. Or so we are told. In “Colliding Worlds,” the historian and philosopher Arthur I. Miller argues that artists and scientists have always had the same mission: to “fathom the reality beyond ... Read More »