February 5, 2023
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...)
February 1, 2023
What is Ethical Investing?
We all want our money to serve the right cause – but how can we make sure that it will? Catherine Greene on what is involved in ethical investing and ESG considerations. (more...)
January 27, 2023
In our societies, an impressive array of vices is on display. Hypocrisy, greed, cruelty, prejudice… But what if many of these vices were necessary for human life? (more...)
January 22, 2023
Albert Schweitzer on the Reverence for Life
Philosophy in Quotes
Explore philosophy through its most famous quotes! Today: Philosopher and Theologian Albert Schweitzer on the Reverence for Life. (more...)
January 13, 2023
Kant’s Joke: Are Practical Jokes Wrong?
According to Immanuel Kant, practical jokes would be considered immoral because they treat the subject as mere means to others’ enjoyment. (more...)
January 12, 2023
Welcome to the German site!
Daily Philosophy goes multilingual
Daily Philosophy is now also available in German under daily-philosophy.de (more...)
January 9, 2023
When Does a Fetus Have Rights?
What sort of rights should a fetus or embryo have? A clear, comprehensive review of the arguments. (more...)
January 6, 2023
What does “March of the Penguins” have to do with Kant?
According to Kant, we wouldn’t be able to talk about ethics at all if we couldn’t see us as free beings who are capable of deciding. (more...)
December 21, 2022
Shane Epting on the Philosophy of Cities
Shane Epting is an assistant professor of philosophy. In this interview, we discuss the philosophy and future of cities. (more...)
December 19, 2022
What's So Wrong With Engaged Buddhism?
A reply to Ian Kidd
Does an ‘engaged’ Buddhist really have to draw on this picture of the Buddha as a ‘social activist’ to find support for their own activism? (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...)
December 12, 2022
Should Buddhists Be Social Activists? (Part 3)
I focus in this final piece on a neglected aspect of Buddha’s teachings: the condemnation of social activism and political engagement. (more...)
December 7, 2022
The Cicada and the Bird
Chuang Tzu's ancient wisdom translated for modern life
For Chuang Tzu, the Tao is the surface isness (the presenting phenomenology) of things. Excerpt from the book The Cicada and the Bird by Christopher Tricker. (more...)
December 5, 2022
Should Buddhists Be Social Activists? (Part 2)
Changing the world, challenging patriarchy, revolution, and the whole ethos of radical reformism is nothing like what the Buddha taught. (more...)
December 2, 2022
Passing Beyond Descartes
Ever since René Descartes wrote, in 1641, ‘The mind is really distinct from the body,’ we have struggled with the mind-body problem. (more...)
November 28, 2022
Should Buddhists Be Social Activists?
Buddhism is widely admired in the West for its commitments to progressive social activism. But is this really in the spirit of true Buddhism? (more...)
November 12, 2022
Books that Lead You to Philosophy
Karl Popper: The Open Society and Its Enemies
What are the books that brought us to philosophy? For John Shand, philosophy professor at the Open University, it was Karl Popper’s “The Open Society and Its Enemies” (more...)
November 5, 2022
Andreas Matthias on Writing About Philosophy
Miguel Angel, editor and owner of Filosofia En La Red, interviews Andreas Matthias, editor of Daily Philosophy, about being a publisher of a philosophy site today. (more...)
November 3, 2022
The Problem with Scientism
In these days of crisis in the humanities, as well as in the social sciences, it is crucial to distinguish valid from ill-founded criticism of any academic effort. (more...)