Should Buddhists Be Social Activists?
Ian James Kidd
Buddhism is widely admired in the West for its commitments to progressive social …
A Short History of Happiness
The pursuit of happiness has always been one of the main driving forces of human …
More Aristotle than Galileo?
Can artificial intelligence discover new laws of physics? Possibly. An article in …
The Most Compassionate Philosopher: Albert Schweitzer and the Reverence for Life
Philosophy Meets Faith: Deciphering Religion
Western Philosophy in a Flash: Part 2 - Ancient Insights
Guides and Introductions
The Ultimate Guide to the Philosophy of Erich Fromm
Biography, ideas, books
A comprehensive overview of Erich Fromm’s philosophy of happiness. We discuss his life, his ideas and his main works, both in their historical context and how they are still relevant for us today. (more...)
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...)
Philosophy in Quotes
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...)
Jeremy Bentham on Animal Ethics
Philosophy in Quotes
A history of philosophy in its most famous quotes. Today: Jeremy Bentham on the suffering of animals: “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” (more...)
Miguel Angel on Running a Philosophy Site
Miguel Angel is the founder and editor of Filosofia En La Red, a Spanish-language …
Luca Possati on Transhumanism
Andreas Matthias on Writing About Philosophy
Miguel Angel, editor and owner of Filosofia En La Red, interviews Andreas Matthias, …
Should a Liberal State Ban the Burqa?
Should a Liberal State Ban the Burqa? by Brandon Robshaw, is a very clear, instructive and carefully argued book that shows off philosophy at its best. (more...)
The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Consciousness
Review of Uriah Kriegel (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Consciousness, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2020, by Prof. Robert Zaborowski. (more...)
More Aristotle than Galileo?
Artificial Intelligence and scientific discovery
Can artificial intelligence discover new laws of physics? Possibly. An article in Technology Review suggests that data from a swinging pendulum experiment allowed a neural network to discover some of the laws of motion. (more...)
The hidden influencers
In a book published in 2008, R. H. Thaler and C. R. Sunstein define nudges as “any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behaviour in a predictable way.” (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...)
Huts, Homelessness and Heimat
Chōmei and Heidegger
For Heidegger, we let things be what they are. Chōmei, steeped in the Buddhist conception of the interdependence of everything, would concur. (more...)
In Praise of Pyrrhonian Scepticism
Radical scepticism has a good claim to be both the longest lasting tradition in …
The Dialectic of Enlightenment
Horkheimer, Adorno and the Frankfurt School
The Frankfurt School is generally taken to mean a lose collection of thinkers who …
Aristotle on being human
What is the function of human beings?
For Aristotle, happiness is connected to function. Everything in the universe has a …
Aristotle's Highest Good
In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle argues that we can recognise the highest good …
Hedonism, Pleasure and Happiness
Is pleasure the same as happiness?
Hedonism is the thesis that happiness and pleasure are the same. But is that true? Does the enjoyment of pleasures like good food, chocolate, sex and a myriad other things that we consume everyday — do these things really make us happier? (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...)
Is Pleasure Good?
Don’t forget your safe word
Hedonists believe that pleasure is the only thing that ultimately makes our lives go well for us and that pain is the only thing that ultimately makes our lives go badly for us. If that’s true, why are so many hedonists into BDSM? (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...)
The Accented Philosophy Podcast
Are we doing something morally bad when we watch Youtubers we find attractive? Should attractiveness have no influence on our viewing habits? Or are we free to watch whom we like? Listen to find out! (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...)
Thales of Miletus
A stroll through the history of philosophy
Thales of Miletus is generally cited as one of the first philosophers, although his contributions extended to many sciences and even to business endeavors. (more...)
April 26, 121 AD: Marcus Aurelius is born
Reluctant emperor of Rome, fighter and Stoic philosopher
April 26, 121 AD marks the birthday of Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, who still inspires us today with his sense of humility and duty. (more...)
October 27, 2023
Involuntary Heroes, Accidental Saints. Catherine Greene on Her Book “The Red Hairband”
Catherine Greene is a philosopher and writer. In this interview, we discuss her new book “The Red Hairband” (more...)
October 25, 2023
The Fabled East
Hermann Hesse’s Glass Bead Game (3)
Hermann Hesse’s Glass Bead Game contains multiple references to Chinese philosophy and religion. We unpack Hesse’s orientalist utopia. (more...)
October 22, 2023
What is the Philosophy of Religion?
Does every religion need a god?
The philosophy of religion is a wide and varied field of study that is different from both theology and the history of religions. It touches metaphysics, epistemology and many other areas of philosophy. (more...)
October 13, 2023
Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was ambivalent towards philosophy. In just the same way that philosophy purports to explain the world, so too does psychoanalysis. (more...)
October 9, 2023
The Province of the Mind
Hermann Hesse’s Glass Bead Game (2)
At the centre of Hermann Hesse’s Glass Bead Game is a grand vision of life in Castalia, a province of scholars. (more...)