If you think of philosophy as a way to escape from the calamities and irritants of 2021, you will find much that is pleasing in this section. Steven Nadler’s discussion of Spinoza and Stoicism starts with the charming fact that an inventory of the philosopher’s possessions, upon his death, revealed that he owned two pairs […]
Ancient Greek philosophy
Aristotle James Garvey on purpose, cause, and that elusive golden mean.
Catherine Rowett peers back to what might be the beginning.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” That’s one of the most famous things Aristotle never said. Apparently, it’s Will Durant’s paraphrase of Aristotle’s ethics in The Story of Philosophy, but don’t let that get in the way of a good point. A lot of a life […]
Robert B. Talisse on value, politics, and a new problem for us as citizens.
Constantine Sandis wonders whether Jesus was a moral particularist.
E.M. Dadlez reviews the final series of Game of Thrones.
“Yeah, but what do you actually do?” In addition to slightly pained expressions, that’s the kind of answer you get when you tell someone you’re a philosopher, or a bit less grandly, someone who teaches or writes philosophy. It’s different from a nearby question which gets all the headlines: “What is philosophy?” Fair question, but […]
John Sellars argues that thinking of philosophy this way is not just for the ancient Greeks.
In this illuminating exchange, Sir Richard Sorabji and Michael Puett discuss the Chinese and Greek traditions — and much else.
Rik Peels argues that it’s time to take Socrates’ fascination with ignorance seriously.