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How The Occult Thrived in an Age of Enlightenment

As the case of mesmerism showed, fighting fakery with facts is no match for the imagination

Emily Ogden
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Vices of the Mind

Intellectual arrogance not only deserves criticism, but is an epistemic vice that obstructs knowledge

Quassim Cassam
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The Contemporary Women Philosophers You Should Know About

Donna Haraway, Rebecca Goldstein and more on the women philosophers you should read

IAI News Editorial Staff
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Between Knowing and Believing

Between Knowing and Believing

Can we be certain that what we now think are facts are not merely beliefs?

Alister McGrath
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Beckett's Political Imagination

How Beckett's work challenges us to open our eyes and see the mess

Emilie Morin
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Simon Blackburn on Four Approaches to Truth

What Is Truth? Four Different Answers

In the age of fake news, instead of asserting, we need to keep inquiring

Simon Blackburn
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Animal Pain and the New Mysticism About Consciousness

Removing legal recognition of animal sentience is a remarkably stupid move - and philosophers may need to take some of the blame

Bence Nanay
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Who Is Rachael? Blade Runner and Personal Identity

The movie poses a difficult question: Does what you remember determine who you are now?

Helen Beebee
Ideas for Life
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Could Fake News Create Fake Memories?

Rejecting the real has significant consequences on our brains, according to neuroscience

Dean Burnett
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How Smart is Your Pet?

The answer could shed light on a deeper mystery: what it's like to be non-human

Ali Boyle
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The Being of Replicants

Do the existential anxieties of Blade Runner show us what it means to be authentic?

Michael Wheeler
Why Study Philosophy?

Why Study Philosophy?

What does philosophy actually do? Oxford philosopher Peter Hacker explains.

Peter Hacker
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Metaphysics & LanguageArrow Head

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The Contemporary Women Philosophers You Should Know About

Donna Haraway, Rebecca Goldstein and more on the women philosophers you should read

IAI News Editorial Staff
Ideas for Life

What Is Truth? Four Different Answers

In the age of fake news, instead of asserting, we need to keep inquiring

Simon Blackburn
Ideas for Life

How Western Philosophy Became Racist

Starting with Kant, western philosophers have erased non-western thinkers from history

Lloyd Strickland
Frontiers

Can There Be Belief Without Language?

Language is powerful, but not so powerful that it creates thoughts out of nothing

Kristin Andrews
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The Evolution of Eternity

Timelessness was once about God but has now pervaded the frontiers of physics

Natalja Deng
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Mind & ReasonArrow Head

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How The Occult Thrived in an Age of Enlightenment

As the case of mesmerism showed, fighting fakery with facts is no match for the imagination

Emily Ogden
Ideas for Life

Vices of the Mind

Intellectual arrogance not only deserves criticism, but is an epistemic vice that obstructs knowledge

Quassim Cassam
Ideas for Life

Between Knowing and Believing

Can we be certain that what we now think are facts are not merely beliefs?

Alister McGrath
Issue Article

Where Is My Mind?: An Interview with Andy Clark

Is your smartphone a part of your brain? Andy Clark discusses his mind-expanding ideas.

David Maclean
IAI Thinkers

A Puzzle About Emotional Robots

Emotions are fundamental to the human condition. But could a robot truly experience them?

Joel Smith
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Ethics & ReligionArrow Head

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Beckett's Political Imagination

How Beckett's work challenges us to open our eyes and see the mess

Emilie Morin
Ideas for Life

What African Philosophy Can Teach You About the Good Life

Acknowledging how we constantly change each other can help us imagine better futures

Omedi Ochieng
Frontiers

Are You As Good As You Think?

Probably not. But the great news is that you can change this

Christian B. Miller
Issue Article

The Will of the Force: The Last Jedi and the Problem of Free Will

Can free will and moral responsibility exist when the future is beyond our control?

John Donaldson
Philosophers on Film

Are We Doomed to Fail?

Our modern idea of failure is a return to the Calvinist notion of the predestined reprobate

Costica Bradatan
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