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Kant & Categorical Imperatives: Crash Course Philosophy #35

CrashCourse Published on 15 Nov 2016 Our next stop on our tour of ethics is Kant’s ethics. Today Hank explains hypothetical and categorical imperatives, the universalizability principle, autonomy, and what it means to treat people as ends-in-themselves, rather than as … Continue reading

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HISTORY OF IDEAS – Wabi-sabi

At the heart of Japanese philosophy and wisdom lies a concept called ‘wabi-sabi’; a term which denotes a commitment to the everyday, the melancholic, the somewhat broken and the imperfect. It’s a term we need a lot more of in … Continue reading

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If anyone can see the morally unthinkable online, what then? Aeon

Imagine you work at a Latex glove factory. One night, you type ‘Latex’ into Google: you’re searching for competitors’ products, but you find other things too. Some of what you find turns you on. But some of it you wish … Continue reading

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The Chinese myth of the immortal white snake – Shunan Teng

Dive into the world of Chinese folk tales with the myth of the white snake, a story of the demon Bai Su Zhen and her love, Xu Xian. — The talented herbalist Xu Xian had just started his own medicine … Continue reading

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Marcus Aurelius — How to Live A Good Life

Freedom in Thought   In this video, I talk about Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius’ concepts of Nature, Justice, and Piety. Sources used: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy & Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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Why we need a better philosophy of trees – The Conversation

Why we need a better philosophy of trees Souluminous/Shutterstock.com Tristan Moyle, Anglia Ruskin University On November 6 1217, Henry III’s Charter of the Forest gave ordinary English people back their traditional rights to use royal hunting grounds for livestock grazing … Continue reading

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Was the real Socrates more worldly and amorous than we knew?

  Socrates is widely considered to be the founding figure of Western philosophy – a thinker whose ideas, transmitted by the extensive writings of his devoted follower Plato, have shaped thinking for more than 2,000 years. ‘For better or worse,’ … Continue reading

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Be humble — and other lessons from the philosophy of water

How do we find fulfillment in a world that’s constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, … Continue reading

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A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford

What can we learn from the world’s most enduringly creative people? They “slow-motion multitask,” actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes — without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like Einstein, Darwin, Twyla … Continue reading

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A New Theory of Time – Lee Smolin

Is it possible that time is real, and that the laws of physics are not fixed? Lee Smolin, A C Grayling, Gillian Tett, and Bronwen Maddox explore the implications of such a profound re-think of the natural and social sciences, … Continue reading

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