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Prayer for Atheists

Prayer can be a helpful practise even if you don't believe in God

William Irwin
Ideas for Life
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What is Afrofuturism?

Mixing sci-fi, magic and non-Western beliefs, Afrofuturism frees individuals

Ytasha Womack
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When Boredom Becomes Stagnation: The Importance of Occupying the Mind

Philosophy can provide prisoners with the sense of growth essential to being human

Kirstine Szifris
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The Art of Boredom

Rather than an individual experience, boredom can be a philosophical key to understanding modern life

Andrew Bowie
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What Do You Do When You're Alone

Art, obsession and intimacy, according to the psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott

Olivia Laing
Ideas for Life
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Zara Yaqob and The Rationality of the Human Heart

According to the Ethiopian philosopher, the heart is a cradle of wisdom, not irrationality

Teodros Kiros
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Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee? The Stoics and Existentialists agree on the answer

Drinking coffee is not a blasé choice, but an affirmation that life is worth living

Skye C. Cleary
Ideas for Life
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Philosophy vs. Psychology

Is Kant the latest casualty in the war between the two disciplines?

Andrew Bowie
Kate Kirkpatrick Authentic Love

What is authentic love? A View from Simone de Beauvoir

Being independent and equal in love

Kate Kirkpatrick
Ideas for Life
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The Failure of Patriarchy

Outlining a vision for a just, equitable and socialist society, and how to achieve it.

Finn Mackay
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Gaia and the City

Urban solutions to overpopulation: James Lovelock in conversation with Crispin Tickell.

James Lovelock
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When Art Meets Activism

As Tate faces the Information Tribunal over BP sponsorship, is there a line between art and ethics?

Hannah Davey

Life & The LivingArrow Head

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Prayer for Atheists

Prayer can be a helpful practise even if you don't believe in God

William Irwin
Ideas for Life

When Boredom Becomes Stagnation: The Importance of Occupying the Mind

Philosophy can provide prisoners with the sense of growth essential to being human

Kirstine Szifris
Issue Article

Zara Yaqob and The Rationality of the Human Heart

According to the Ethiopian philosopher, the heart is a cradle of wisdom, not irrationality

Teodros Kiros
Frontiers

In Memory of Mary Midgley

A philosopher of peerless conviction, whose work dared to make sense of 'this deeply puzzling world'

Rachael Wiseman
Editorial

Kierkegaard On Escaping the Cult of Busyness

Busyness is the sign of a deeply unhappy person, and a way to flee from one's own life

Karl Aho
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Culture & SexualityArrow Head

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The Good Life in the 21st Century: Living Single

Studies show single people are more independent, focus on growth and develop rich relationships

Bella DePaulo
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The Science of Good Sex: An Interview with Zhana Vrangalova

The psychologist explains the orgasm gap and how it can be overcome

Paula Erizanu
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The Phenomenology of Desire and Orgasm

How eroticism defies chemistry, identity and time

Sara Heinämaa
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Why Does the World Cup Give Rise to Domestic Violence?

Reminding football fans what they admire on the pitch can curb toxic masculinity off it

Paul Davis
The Philosophy Behind the News

What Polyamory Teaches Us About Jealousy

Jealousy is probable and survivable, and we can learn how to manage it ourselves.

Janet W. Hardy
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Art & AestheticsArrow Head

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What is Afrofuturism?

Mixing sci-fi, magic and non-Western beliefs, Afrofuturism frees individuals

Ytasha Womack
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The Art of Boredom

Rather than an individual experience, boredom can be a philosophical key to understanding modern life

Andrew Bowie
Issue Article

What Do You Do When You're Alone

Art, obsession and intimacy, according to the psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott

Olivia Laing
Ideas for Life

Enjoying Vicious Artists

Can you ever really separate the art from the artist?

Nate Sheff
Philosophers on Film

Life As a Work of Art

An outdated metaphor, or pointless self-help advice?

Bence Nanay
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Listening to Aesop’s Animals

Blurring the lines between human and animal, Aesop's Fables challenge our understanding of human behaviour

Jeremy B. Lefkowitz
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Trump: The Post-Modern Nightmare

Is Trump the end of post-modernism?

Alison Milbank

Beyond Originality

If there are only seven basic plots, are we doomed to an eternity of re-runs?

Dylan Evans

Authenticity is a Con

From Oprah Winfrey to Nigel Farage: is the quest for authenticity just a way to make a fast buck?

Peter York

Fantasy Management

Can we live without fantasy, or is it an essential part of our lives?

Richard K. Morgan
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