Our Universe: Fine-Tuning or Coincidence?

Our universe could have developed in a great number of different ways. Yet, it developed in such a way that allowed complexity and, in time, life to emerge. How so? For what reason? And, perhaps more importantly - why does it matter to even think about such things? Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay People have …

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Spreading the Word: Human Nature

This week I share with you a video/lecture where the late philosopher Mary Midgley talks about her views on human nature. She is a thinker I will be definitely reading more of! Link to the lecture: https://aeon.co/videos/the-self-is-not-always-selfish-mary-midgley-takes-on-richard-dawkins my photo Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an …

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14 Philosophical Quotes – October Edition

It is now middle of October and my last post with philosophical quotes was on June 1st. I think the time has come to revive this tradition. So, here they come - my latest selection of philosophical quotes for you. I am an owl from Pixabay. Here is May selection of philosophical quotes. Hope you …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy vs Democracy (and what Socrates thought about it)

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a short video. It is a provocative invitation to assess our uncritical value of democracy as the ultimate good. To what extent is it good, really? I found it interesting that both crucial achievements of Ancient Greeks - philosophy and democracy - were far from …

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Spreading the Word: the International Online Philosophy and Music Festival

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a link to an international festival of ideas and music that takes place online this year, on 19th and 20th September. It is the first time they do it fully in a digital format, and it is all going to be live! The festival is …

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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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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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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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Philosophical Essay on Philosophy (Part I)

Having finished one year`s course in philosophy, here is a question I asked myself last weekend - what is philosophy for me? It is a state of mind and an approach to life, I responded to myself. Having an engaging dialogue with oneself is completely acceptable in philosophy. Deep, broad and well-argued thoughts are welcome. …

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Sometimes We Need to Shift Focus

It is fascinating how our minds work. They make connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information and turn them into original, interesting insights. Afterwards, it can be impossible to explain where you got that great idea from! That`s how creativity works and that is where the roots of our deepest knowledge are hidden. So, sometimes …

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