The Last of the Hedgehogs – Los Angeles Review of Books

A collection of scintillating interviews with a celebrated French cultural theorist. — Read on lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-last-of-the-hedgehogs

Time of the Magicians by Wolfram Eilenberger review – philosophy’s great decade? | Philosophy books | The Guardian

The story, told with free-wheeling gusto, of four German thinkers – Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer and Ludwig Wittgenstein – before the dark decade of the 1930s — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/13/time-of-the-magicians-by-wolfram-eilenberger-review-philosophys-great-decade

Overcoming Difficult Emotions in a Chaotic World – Tricycle

The Buddha emphasized the need to cultivate an inner peace that is independent from external conditions. This teaching has become particularly relevant during the past year of widespread pain and uncertainty. Bhante Buddharakkhita, who leads an emergent Theravada Buddhist community in his home country of Uganda, will guide us through mindfulness meditations for weathering the [...]

On Crazyism, Jerkitude, Garden Snails and Other Philosophical Puzzles – Scientific American

Horgan: Why do you write fiction? Doesn't that mean philosophy isn't really that fulfilling for you? Schwitzgebel: Wait, writing fiction can’t be a way of doing philosophy? Sartre, Rousseau, Zhuangzi, Voltaire, Nietzsche and Borges might disagree! Is anyone currently doing better work on the ethics of technology than the TV series Black Mirror? For instance, [...]

Accept death to promote health | OUPblog

We all die and, despite some fanciful ideas to the contrary, we will, as a species, continue to do so. Our daily routines tend to distract us from this fact. However, because death is inevitable, we need to think about how we can live healthy lives, without ignoring how they end. Once we accept that [...]

Our greatest invention was the invention of invention itself | Psyche Ideas

What caused our species to break out of the pattern set by archaic humans? Again, there were probably many factors. But from my perspective as someone who studies the human mind, one development stands out as of special importance. There is a mental ability we possess today that must have emerged at some point in [...]