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Why Do We Resist Knowledge? An Interview with Åsa Wikforss

Largely, because we have a crisis of trust, and knowledge needs trust

David Maclean
Ideas for Life
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On Rationality and Nonsense

Nonsense poetry reveals that there is unhappiness in happiness, and irrationality in reason

Matthew Bevis
Ideas for Life
Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius – the Unemotional Stoic?

Stoics are wrongly accused for suppressing emotions

Massimo Pigliucci
Ideas for Life
Time Is What We Are

Time Is What We Are – Uncertain

Time is subjective and always about a changeable past

Ronald Green
Issue Article
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What Is Arabic Philosophy?

The Islamic world contains an extraordinary range of intellectual traditions

Peter Adamson
Frontiers
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Hobbes vs Rousseau: Are We Inherently Evil or Good?

The answer depends on what you think of modern politics

Robin Douglass
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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
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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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Time Is What We Are

Time Is What We Are – Uncertain

Time is subjective and always about a changeable past

Ronald Green
Issue Article

What Is Arabic Philosophy?

The Islamic world contains an extraordinary range of intellectual traditions

Peter Adamson
Frontiers

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
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Mind & ReasonArrow Head

Asa Wikforss Gothenburg City Theatre 20190219

Why Do We Resist Knowledge? An Interview with Åsa Wikforss

Largely, because we have a crisis of trust, and knowledge needs trust

David Maclean
Ideas for Life

On Rationality and Nonsense

Nonsense poetry reveals that there is unhappiness in happiness, and irrationality in reason

Matthew Bevis
Ideas for Life

Marcus Aurelius – the Unemotional Stoic?

Stoics are wrongly accused for suppressing emotions

Massimo Pigliucci
Ideas for Life

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
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Ethics & ReligionArrow Head

hobbes vs rousseau

Hobbes vs Rousseau: Are We Inherently Evil or Good?

The answer depends on what you think of modern politics

Robin Douglass
Essay

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
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