Spreading the Word: Forgotten Existentialist

Sartre and Kierkegaard are among the well-known names of existentialist thinkers. There is one name that does not come to mind too often when thinking about existentialism - Karl Jaspers. Read more about this 20th century philosopher whose influence is sometimes neglected: "Forgotten Existentialist". Enjoy! "After all, his work initiated one particular strain of French …

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Sensation of Life: a lesson from feline philosophy

What can we learn from cats about the art of living a fulfilled life?

Cats and the Meaning of Life

"Cats do not plan their lives; they live them as they come. Humans cannot help making their lives into a story. But since they cannot know how their life will end, life disrupts the story they try to tell of it. So they end up living as cats do, by chance."John Gray "Feline Philosophy: Cats …

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“All Are Ennobled by Truth” Quote by al-Kindi

The first Arabic philosopher, 9th century thinker al-Kindī, said that truth and wisdom are valuable regardless of where they come from. What did he mean?

Don’t Discard Your Ideas

One of the practical things I have learned during my philosophy studies is that it is wise not to judge your ideas immediately when they come to you. There is a real risk of creating a habit of suppressing your creative thought. Our minds are adaptive and learn to respond to the environment. So, if …

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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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