Should we free ourselves of objects and clutter? | Paul Dolan, Mary-Ann Ochota and Steve Taylor
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5d ago
Should we all engage in a radical cull? Listen to find out. Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes We are attached to things. Our dwellings are packed with items we rarely throw out. Things have traditionally given us comfort but they also give us status. The wealthy often collect things for no other purpose than to own them. But in an age when the great majority of us have too much, when cupboards are full of clothes we do not wear, shelves with books we do not read, is it not time to end this obsession? Might the status of the future come fro ..read more
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Should we care for ants | Peter Godfrey-Smith
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
2w ago
What are the moral limits today? Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes We think we should be concerned for the well being of farm animals and those used in experiments. But where should we draw the line? Mosquitoes? Plants? Rivers? Join philosopher and bestselling author Peter Godfrey-Smith as he argues we should draw new limits for our moral consideration. Peter Godfrey-Smith is professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philoso ..read more
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Kafka vs Camus | Emma Sulkowicz, Andrea Elliott, Paul Muldoon
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
3w ago
Can we change the world? Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes Camus and Kafka have both been central to 20th century writing and thought. Both wrote about the relationship of the individual to society. But they had very different visions. Camus saw the individual as having the power to change and influence society. While Kafka honed in on the limitations of the individual to change anything and the power of the state and social organisation. Who got it right? Should we follow Camus and see freedom and the ability to change the world as essent ..read more
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How to use philosophy for a better life | Rebecca Roache
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
1M ago
Opening a path towards more enlightened societies with Rebecca Roache. Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes Philosophy is not just about armchair thinking. It can help us live better lives and find meaning. In this talk philosopher of mind Rebecca Roache shows us that philosophy can be the key to creating better lives, and more enlightened societies.   Rebecca Roache is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests range from ethics and metaphysics to philosophy of mind and philosophy ..read more
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Where sceptics fail | with Alex O'Connor
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
1M ago
An interview with CosmisSkeptic Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes What is scepticism? How do we deal with our own coginitive dissonance? Can veganism ever be justified purely by reason? These are just some of the questions that Alex O'Connor, AKA CosmicSkeptic, has been grappling with on his youtube channel, viewed by over 40 million people, for the past few years. In this interview, Alex O'Connor sits down with the Institute of Art and Ideas to discuss his positions on scepticism, David Hume, veganism, Peter Singer and religion. Alex O’Co ..read more
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Did hunter-gatherers have a better life? | Mark Williams, Peter Lilley, Natalie Bennett
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
1M ago
Should we go back to a world before civilisation? Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes With high rates of infanticide, senicide and disease, not many of us pine for the era before human civilization, farms and nations. Yet anthropologists Yuval Harari and Jared Diamond have called the agricultural revolution a"trap"and humanity’s "worst mistake”, arguing hunter gatherer life was more leisurely and free, as humans were not tied down to private property or oppressed by hierarchy. Is there a way to keep the benefits of industry and technology wh ..read more
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Writing the self | Meg Rosoff
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
2M ago
How do we know if a story is worth telling? Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes In this interview, award-winning writer and author of 'How I Live Now', Meg Rosoff, provides an insight into her writing philosophy. She discusses her origins in advertising, why the theme of adolescence fascinates her, and how a passion for horse-riding inspired the idea of 'throughness' which encapsualtes the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind. Meg Rosoff is an award-winning writer. She is perhaps best known for the novels 'How I Live Now ..read more
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The search for certainty | Simon Blackburn, Hilary Lawson, Ruth Chang
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
2M ago
Should we give up the dream of certainty? Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes We look for certainty to know where we are, to feel safe. Descartes founded modern Western philosophy on the search for certainty. And in our daily lives we have institutions to create the illusion of certainty, marriage in the precarious world of relationships, schools and universities in the world of knowledge. For psychologists tell us that uncertainty is one of the strongest predictors of distress. Yet certainty is also the enemy of progress and change, and as ..read more
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The quest for reason | Alister McGrath
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
2M ago
Can science and religion coexist? Listen to find out! Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes In this interview, Alister McGrath, the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, explores the relationship between science and certainty. He charts his path from atheism to Christianity, and discusses how his faith is consistent with his scientific beliefs. McGrath asserts that reason is not a universal concept, but rather only a culturally contingent framework. He argues that a cross-cultural framework of reason is ..read more
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The trauma of the everyday | Joanna Kavenna, Ian Parker, Sarah Garfinkel, Mark Salter
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by The Institute of Art and Ideas
2M ago
Have mundane setbacks become catastrophic? Our experts discuss. Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimes Trauma was traditionally associated with events such as war, assault and natural disasters. Now it is increasingly used to describe everyday experiences like personal criticism or romantic rejection, and of becoming an empty therapeutic buzzword. Some psychologists argue that we risk undermining diagnoses of serious disorders by treating the mundane as the catastrophic, at the same time as making us less resilient. Should we stop describing e ..read more
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