~15 min read · From 2019 · For five decades Anglophone political philosophy has been dominated by the liberal egalitarianism of John Rawls. With liberalism in crisis, have these ideas outlived their time?
3 min read · Mar 10th · Professor Jonardon Ganeri FBA explains the meanings and uses of philosophy, from the ancient world to the present day.
because philosophy can literally be about anything and everything: there is philosophy of science, philosophy of literature, philosophy of mind, of language, of politics and indeed, of philosophy itself. That is because what makes it the case that one is doing philosophy is not the topic, the identity of the things one is thinking about (and so philosophy has no special domain)
6 min read · 2020-09-30 · Musical thinking offers a means for composing our lives and a philosophical foundation that embraces both sound and silence
We might not ordinarily say to ourselves, let’s modulate, or let’s change key, but every day we unconsciously conduct our lives as a musical composition, a symphonic masterpiece, an anthem, or a slice of hip-hop.
Composers have one advantage. They control the ending.
4 min read · Jan 6th · What ideas come to mind when you hear the word “Epicurean”? Probably: wine snob, gourmet cooking, foppish, superficial, idle, frivolous, decadent, selfish and, of course, pleasure-seeking. Pleasure –…