Spreading the Word: Fable of the Bees

How can a poem influence economy and what do bees have to do with it? The 18th-century Anglo-Dutch philosopher, physician and satirist Bernard Mandeville has an answer. Fable of the Bees is his book that contains the satiric poem "The Grumbling Hive; or, Knaves Turn'd Honest" (1705) in which Mandeville uses an allegory to show …

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Is Self-Development Selfish?

Recently I was engaged in a conversation with someone who wanted to understand my motivation for studying philosophy. When I said it was for my personal growth their first reaction was that it is pretty selfish to focus on self-development without offering something to others. A mutual shock moment followed. I was particularly stunned because …

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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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