October 2: Happy Birthday, Mahatma Gandhi!
Last Friday was the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, whom they called the Mahatma, the Great Soul. (more...)
Paul Lodge on Philosophy and Music
Paul Lodge, Professor of Philosophy and songwriter, sets philosophical poems to music. In this interview, we discuss his background and whether philosophy makes for good songs. (more...)
The Homeric Poems First of All
The poems of Homer, the Ilias and the Odyssey, mark the proper start of Greek civilization and can be seen as what shaped Greek identity, argues ancient philosophy Professsor Livio Rossetti. (more...)
What do religions say about fate?
An insightful new book sheds light on how a rich tapestry of religions answer life’s biggest questions. (more...)
Nigerian Scammers and Philosophical Muggers
A short story
A Short Story on Epistemic Humility and The Best Possible Life, All Things Considered (more...)
Kant’s Categories and the Stevenson Screen
One way of thinking about and getting an understanding of Kant’s Categories is to draw an analogy with the Stevenson Screen. This article sheds light on what Kant’s Categories are and how they function in our understanding of the world. (more...)
How Free is Free Enough?
Ronald Dworkin on free speech and censorship
Today, we are confronted with the need to weigh free speech against other values like inclusivity, respect and tolerance. We look at the arguments of philosopher Ronald Dworkin in defence of free speech. (more...)
Is Abortion Ethical?
The main arguments
Is abortion morally right? We look at the main arguments for and against abortion. (more...)
Can AI write philosophy?
How Jasper AI will shake up education
I tried out Jasper AI, a computer program that generates natural language text. It turns out that it can create near-perfect output that would easily pass for a human-written undergraduate philosophy paper. (more...)
Five Most Inspiring Philosophy Books
Life-changing wisdom for your summer reading list
Looking for a life-changing summer read? Here are Daily Philosophy’s recommendations for five of the most inspiring books that everyone should know. (more...)
Am I irrational?
And how would I know?
People as well as large-scale events, for example, the Durch Tulip Mania or the technology crash in the early 2000s, are sometimes said to be irrational. But what exactly do we mean by that? (more...)
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...)
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...)
What’s Wrong with The Passion Economy?
Adam Davidson’s “The Passion Economy”
Adam Davidson describes the “Passion Economy” in a book released in 2020. This article shows why Davidson’s proposal is not a sustainable solution to fix our current relationship with work. (more...)
Is more knowledge always better?
Awareness of the knowledge-effect is important because it is something we need strongly to guard against if we are to make good normative judgements. (more...)
When Is an AI System Sentient?
Blake Lemoine and LaMDA AI
How can we tell whether an AI program “thinks” or “feels”? In the recent debate of Blake Lemoine’s claims about LaMDA, a functionalist approach can help us understand machine consciousness and feelings. (more...)
Religion and Happiness
Are religious people happier?
Religion has a profound effect on happiness. Multiple studies have shown that religious believers are generally happier people, an effect that is more pronounced in poorer countries. (more...)
Can We Define Mental Health?
Can we draw a line between people with psychiatric disorders and those without? (more...)
The New Daily Philosophy Magazine
Now on your Kindle!
Daily Philosophy has launched a new format: the Daily Philosophy printable magazine. Download it now and get all free and premium articles, plus all perks of the premium membership. (more...)
The Principle of Double Effect
Philosophy and current affairs
Should we teach philosophy to young people when accounting would be better for them? Is driving a car morally bad? Meet the doctrine of Double Effect. (more...)