Agency in the Anthropocene
If we are natural beings who evolved with everything else, why have we had such a …
Nothing Matters. Or Does It?
What exactly do we mean when we say that “nothing matters”? More than sixty years …
Dan Weijers, Nick Munn, Lorenzo Buscicchi
We’ve heard it all our lives — size matters and bigger is better. But David …
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Epicurus: A Guide to the Principal Doctrines
Text, commentary and study guide
The Principal Doctrines is the main work of Epicurus on happiness. This article presents the original text with explanations and discussion questions. It also includes tips for organising an Epicurus reading group or book club. (more...)
The Ultimate Guide to Epicurus
Biography, ideas, books
A comprehensive overview of Epicurus’ philosophy of happiness. Epicurus is one of the few ancient philosophers who are more relevant today than they were in their own times. Learn all about him right here. (more...)
Philosophy in Quotes
Socrates on Knowing Nothing
Philosophy in Quotes
Explore philosophy through its most famous quotes! Today: Socrates on knowing that you know nothing. (more...)
Immanuel Kant on Means and Ends
Philosophy in Quotes
Explore philosophy through its most famous quotes! Today: Immanuel Kant on how to treat human beings. (more...)
Luca Possati on Transhumanism
Robert Rodriguez on Hermits
Robert Rodriguez is the author of The Book of Hermits and founder and editor of the …
Andrei Simionescu-Panait on Elegance
Dr Simionescu-Panait talks about his research on the phenomenology of elegance, about …
Steven Cassedy: What Do We Mean When We Talk About Meaning
Altogether this is the most comprehensive account of how the phrase ‘the meaning of life’ came to attain its current ubiquity that has yet been written. (more...)
December 16, 2022
Superhero Thought Experiments
Superhero Thought Experiments, by Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg, is a very enjoyable book that presents classic arguments from philosophy by discussing examples of superhero comics. (more...)
Five More Inspiring Philosophy Books for Your Christmas
Our big Christmas gifts guide, part 2
Daily Philosophy’s recommendations for five more of the most inspiring books for your Christmas presents list. The best from Jill Taylor, John Stevens, Bill Porter, Eugen Herrigel and Aldous Huxley. With tips on whom to gift each book. (more...)
What is Luddism?
The challenges of modern technology
Luddism is the thesis that technology must serve human life and that often the use of technologies does not make for better or happier societies. (more...)
Stephanie Mills: Epicurean Simplicity
Is a simple life the key to happiness?
In her book “Epicurean Simplicity,” author and activist Stephanie Mills analyses what is wrong with our modern way of life. (more...)
Dao De Jing
The Taoist book of the Way
The Dao De Jing, literally “The Classic of the Way and the Virtue,” is traditionally attributed to an author known only as Lao Zi, which means “Old Master.” (more...)
A rhetoric of slowness and speed has been used by philosophers since the ancient periods to characterise and assess different ways of life. (more...)
One Hundred Days in a Hermit’s Hut
Jane Dobisz on living alone in the woods
In her honest and entertaining book “One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing Myself and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat,” Zen teacher Jane Dobisz recalls the three months she spent as a young person alone in a hut in the woods, bowing, chanting and meditating. (more...)
Reading Epicurus: Pleasure and pain
Is happiness only the absence of pain?
For Epicurus, pleasure is nothing but the absence of pain. Pain can further be …
Should Buddhists Be Social Activists? (Part 3)
Ian James Kidd
I focus in this final piece on a neglected aspect of Buddha’s teachings: the …
Aristotle and the Roots of Deep Ecology
Modern ecological ethics reaches back to Aristotle and his idea that the flourishing …
Life Is a Skill
Aristotle on living a life well through exercising one’s virtues.
You Know You Want It
According to Psychological Hedonism, we are all just looking for fun. Psychological Hedonism is a theory about motivation. (more...)
Is Lying Ethical?
Lying, deception and when they are justified
Lying is generally perceived as unethical behaviour. Depending on the moral theory used, lying in special circumstances (for example, “white” lies or lies that benefit others or avert harm) might be morally justifiable. (more...)
If it feels good, does it matter whether it’s real?
Nozick asked readers to imagine a machine produced by “super-duper neuropsychologists” that could give you any experience you could think of without you realising it was all a computer simulation. He called it the Experience Machine. (more...)
Seven Reasons to Outlaw Recreational Drugs
The main arguments
Should we legalise recreational drug use? This article explains seven arguments against legalising recreational drugs. (more...)
Is Prostitution Morally Right?
The Accented Philosophy Podcast
In this episode, Ezechiel and Andy discuss the ethics of prostitution, from issues of public health to exploitation and jobs that take over our bodies. (more...)
Can the state force us to get vaccinated?
Vaccination ethics is a surprisingly rich field of philosophical inquiry, and it covers issues from all major moral theories, reaching into world politics, poverty, the role of the state and the morality of taxation and car seat belts. (more...)
September 22: John Conway (1937-2020)
The inventor of the Game of Life
John Horton Conway (1937-2020), mathematician, inventor of the “Game of Life” simulation of cellular automata. (more...)
Epicurus (341-270 BC)
The misunderstood ascetic
Epicurus (341-270 BC) is often seen as an advocate of a luxurious life, rich in good food and other pleasures. This is incorrect. (more...)
May 3, 2023
What is Utilitarianism?
A Daily Philosophy primer
Utilitarianism is a moral theory that states that the morally right action maximizes happiness or benefit and minimizes pain or harm for all stakeholders. Proponents of classic utilitarianism are Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and John Stuart Mill (1806-1873). (more...)
April 29, 2023
Hobbes’s conception of humankind in a state of nature begins with the idea that everyone is more or less equal and free. (more...)
April 27, 2023
Unpacking Descartes’ Meditations
A Daily Philosophy primer
This short primer explores René Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy, his contribution to rationalism, and his impact on early modern philosophy. (more...)
April 22, 2023
A Brief History of Hermeneutics
What is Hermeneutics? ‘Hermeneutics’ is an ancient topic whose philosophical outlines have evolved through time. In a broad sense, hermeneutics can be defined simply as ‘interpretation,’ ‘the art of interpreting,’ or ‘the study of interpretation. (more...)
April 15, 2023
How to Think Like a Philosopher
Peter Cave’s “How to Think Like a Philosopher” is a very enjoyable introduction into Western philosophy. Light, conversational, entertaining and intellectually stimulating. (more...)