Spreading the Word: Objectivity and Reality

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video where two philosophers - Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci - discuss the topics of what is real and what is objective, what are our intuitions about these concepts, and what might the implications be. I found this talk immensely interesting and also easy …

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People Change and Stay the Same

The title of this article is contradictory on purpose. Do you think that people can change or do you think that they stay fundamentally the same? This question is far less contradictory, isn't it? That is just because it has 'or' in the middle, not 'and'. Indeed, could there be an 'and' in the middle, or, in …

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Spreading the Word: Both Sides of ‘Modernity’

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you one short video from a YouTube channel I begin to enjoy a lot. They are called The School of Life and offer many interesting short videos on a great variety of topics. My today's pick is a video about our current age - also known …

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Poetry as Philosophy for the Soul

What to do when you want to express yourself but your own words fail you? When that happens to me, I turn to poets. It is their gift to 'dress' in the right words all our confused thoughts and feelings, especially when the latter cannot seem to figure out which 'clothes to wear'. Poets are …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Communication

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you 2 videos on philosophy of communication. The first one is a useful short introduction into the main thoughts of a 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein about language and the meaning it is used to convey. I recommend you watch this video first and then proceed …

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Anaximenes – the last of the ‘Milesian Trio’ Philosophers

In this article, I explore some of the core ideas of the ancient Greek philosopher Anaximenes. He was one of the 'Milesian trio' (of the city of Miletus) and the youngest of the three. You can read about the ideas of his older fellow citizens and thinkers here: Thales, the first recorded Greek philosopher, and …

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Spreading the Word: Art as Consolation

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video on art. It is only 8 minutes long but conveys a valuable thought - art is one of humanity`s chief sources of consolation. Have a look at the video authors` proposed 7 most calming works of art. My personal favourite is No 3 …

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Philosophical Essay on Philosophy (Part II)

In the first part of this essay, I explored what philosophy is for me, what is its meaning and value. Now it is time to address one of the most frequent objections to philosophy: namely, that it is something too abstract, too theoretical, impractical, and, therefore, useless. Here we go! Image reference below (1) First, …

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Spreading the Word: Different Worlds

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video. It is a 17 minutes long TED talk recently given by a historian Greg Anderson. He presents an interesting perspective on what history can teach us about our current reality. Potentially - even about the future. Just to give you a flavour - …

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13 Philosophical Quotes – May Edition

On this first day of June I look back at what I have read last month. Here it is - the May edition of selected philosophical quotes. April selection is available here. The goal stays the same: take my recent readings, select a bite-size amount of philosophical quotes that resonate with me, publish them here …

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