Spreading the Word: Hidden Meaning in Art

This Friday I share with you a highly interesting article on the meaning of hidden detail in Raphael's spectacular work The School of Athens. You will notice that I have chosen a picture of this masterpiece as my blog's theme. To me, the article was a fascinating read. It is truly remarkable how we humans …

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Spreading the Word: Henry David Thoreau

This Friday I share with you a podcast on the philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. I am currently reading Thoreau's great work Walden, and thought it would be interesting to learn more about the man. The podcast is from BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time. I highly recommend it. Enjoy! Link to the …

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Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha” on Seeking and Finding

Towards the end of his life, the main protagonist of Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha, the wise man, shared one of his thoughts with a friend: “When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because …

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Heraclitus on Wisdom

Heraclitus is a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher still known more than 2,500 years after his days for such utterances as "All things change" and "You cannot step in the same river twice" (the latter is the most famous translation but perhaps not the most precise one). He held the view that reality is One, all is …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Tea

This Friday I share with you a short video on the surprising connection between philosophy and tea. Something as simple as a cup of tea can play a significant role in a balanced and wise life, according to Japanese philosopher Sen no Rikyū. Best enjoyed with your favourite tea! Link to the video: Philosophy of …

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Spreading the Word: What is Hermeneutics?

This Friday I share with you a short video that introduces hermeneutics. A fascinating field of philosophy as well as a method of study in the humanities, hermeneutics is all about interpretation. It brings to the fore the importance of how we interpret our experiences and that we are never really fully free (objective) of …

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Being Great to be Good Enough? Philosophical Exploration

Is 'good' good enough? Or is 'great' needed to qualify for being good enough? Although it sounds absurd if taken from a purely logical perspective, it is yet another proof of our inherent complexity that often contains outright contradictions. I know what it feels like to expect and demand greatness from myself simply to feel …

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Revolutions, Omelettes, and Philosophy

What on Earth can revolutions, omelettes, and philosophy have in common? A lot, as it turns out! At least if you think about it from the perspective of Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997). He was a philosopher, a thinker, a historian of ideas, and, according to many (I agree with them), one of the most fascinating, capturing, and creative …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy for Tough Times

One day later than usual, but still. Today, I share with you a short but, hopefully, inspirational video. It is a collection of uplifting philosophical quotes to give you extra bit of belief in your inner strength to deal with any problems you might be facing. Enjoy and keep well! Link to the article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_ZCZx6EzDc

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