You like Existential Comics, right? Corey Mohler has drawn the philosopher pictures for our PEL wall calendar. Go buy it now. For an additional $2.50, we’ll throw in Mark’s Songs from the Partially Examined Life CD. Buy the calendar-CD combo.
The popular Netflix show is rife with philosophical questions. “Can Aristotle teach Bojack a thing or two about self-love?” is one of them.
Although we spend most of our lives in a state of consciousness, as soon as we subject it to more careful scrutiny we realize that we know very little about it—how does it actually happen? And how does conscious experience fit into our scientific picture of the world?
Almost fifty years ago there was an influential woman who called pregnancy “barbaric,” described childhood as “hell,” and said giving birth was “like shitting a pumpkin.” Shulamith Firestone was a radical activist and remarkably prescient thinker who helped define feminism as we know it. Yet today she remains largely—and unfairly—unknown.
What good are philosophy books? Can they make us any the wiser? A look at a humorous essay by Robert Wilson Lynd that demonstrates the difficulty of acquiring wisdom from books alone.
“If you leave decisions to the public, you can be killed.” A 1974 performance art piece by Marina Abramović explores our deepest human instincts.
Nationalism has a bad reputation. Varieties of nationalist thought have been responsible for many of the horrors of the last century. Nonetheless, important philosophers and political theorists have made the cases that more reasoned forms of nationalism can provide credible theoretical justification for determining the boundaries between those within a political community and those outside of it.
What is infinite responsibility? And can we live with it?
Grab your hats: PEL will be doing a live recording at Brown University on October 27, 2016.
Researchers at MIT are pooling our moral intuitions, and we need to talk about it.
Is transhumanism just dangerous over-confidence in technology?
When it comes to ethics and human choice, there is “a serious candidate for truth” that we haven’t considered properly.
How a single Greek word can explain why we don’t like the Sophists, why Socrates was accused of being one of them, and what makes rhetoric successful.
Were Sophists really the immoral truth-benders that Plato portrayed them to be? Classical scholars don’t seem to think so.
Given the existentialist emphasis on concrete personal experience, freedom, authenticity, responsibility, awareness of death, and personal determination of values, it is not surprising that existentialist philosophers should also consider the question of romantic love.
This beautiful novella draws heavily from Plato’s conception of love, but to what extent?
In the light of recent EU developments, check out two videos analyzing Brexit from a philosophical perspective.
With the launch of Oculus Rift and Steam VR, it seems like virtual reality will soon be an ordinary part of our lives. But are there any ethical concerns around the use of virtual reality? And can philosophy help us make sense of this cutting-edge technology?
The films of Austrian director Michael Haneke seem to start out “normally” and then slowly descend into an abyss—but what if that abyss is in fact living authentically? Could we see Haneke’s award-winning Caché (2005) as an exemplification of Sartrean existentialism? And what are some other philosophical influences in his work?
A hotly debated topic in the philosophy of science is whether we should consider our scientific and social scientific theories descriptions of reality, or if we should instead just consider them instruments for influencing the world. One of the main difficulties facing proponents of scientific anti-realism is distinguishing themselves from anti-realists more generally.