Philosophy

Three Reasons to read Classical Muslim Philosophers

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Recovering the basic insights of the Islamic philosophical tradition can bring much blessing and benefits to our confused world. Daily Sabah İBRAHIM KALIN@ikalin1 Why read philosophy when it appears to be largely irrelevant outside academia? Why bother with quaint, now largely unintelligible metaphysical arguments formulated centuries ago? Against all odds, there are good reasons to read the classical Muslim philosophers today. ... Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: No Time for Games in Europe

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ATHENS — I am writing this piece on the margins of a crucial negotiation with my country’s creditors — a negotiation the result of which may mark a generation, and even prove a turning point for Europe’s unfolding experiment with monetary union. The New York Times – Yanis Varoufakis Game theorists analyze negotiations as if they were split-a-pie games involving selfish players. ... Read More »

Inside the Notorious Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre

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Susan wrings her hands and twitches as she speaks, jerking her head from side to side. She is clearly not well. “I ate washing powder to try and kill myself,” says the nervous woman in her fifties. Her eyes flash wild. “It was all I could find. I wanted to die. I would rather die than go back.” Susan, whose ... Read More »

China Weighing More Emphasis on Traditional Culture in Textbooks

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Education officials in China are considering changes to elementary and middle school textbooks that would  expand the study of Chinese philosophy and literature, a shift that some education experts say is connected to recent efforts by the government to emphasize China’s cultural heritage. At an annual education conference this past weekend in the southwestern city of Chengdu, Wang Xuming, president ... Read More »

How to Kill a Culture in 3 Easy Steps

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Over the past few years I’ve been filming interviews with random people I’ve met from the streets of New York, to Prague and from the farms of Eastern Europe to the Midwest and Western United States. I’ve interviewed hundreds of people from farmers, artist, workers, professors and even celebrities and pop stars, and in nearly all cases most people especially ... Read More »

Is math discovered or invented? – Jeff Dekofsky

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Published on 27 Oct 2014 View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/is-math-dis… Would mathematics exist if people didn’t? Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the world around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Jeff Dekofsky traces some famous arguments in this ancient and hotly debated question. Lesson by Jeff Dekofsky, animation by The Tremendousness Collective. Read More »

On Aristotle, Friendship and bottom-dwellers…

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In a particularly influential section of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle reflects on the role of friendship {GR φιλία} and its effect on one’s life. In considering how humans should best live “a virtuous life” Aristotle considers friendship as a most vital element. He states that “without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods”. ... Read More »

The Vatican Library’s Amazing Documents Are Finally Online

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The news: The Vatican Library is getting an e-upgrade. The official library of the Holy See is undertaking a massive digitization project designed to upload hundred of thousands of books and images from its physical archives into an online database. As Business Insider reports, nonprofit organization Digita Vaticana Oculus was founded in 2013 with the goal digitizing 80,000 manuscripts. That’s just ... Read More »

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »