Examined Lives

The unexamined life is not worth living, or so Socrates famously told the jury at his trial. He neglected to mention that the examined life is sometimes not all that […]

Enhancing Humanity

There is increasing concern amongst a wide range of commentators that human nature is in the process of being irrevocably changed by technological advances which either have been achieved or […]

Musicians Need Philosophy

Not as much, I grant, as philosophers need music, but nevertheless the need is real. In the past our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, in the concert […]


Socrates talked. The assumption behind his approach to philosophy, and the approaches of millions of people since, is that moral thinking is mostly a matter of reason and deliberation: Think […]

Marrying Philosophers

It is said that on a trip to the US in the 1920s a German sociologist was astonished at the domestic arrangements of his American colleagues.

In Praise of Love

Plato described love as a serious mental disease. Aristotle saw it as a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

French Thought

As the “guardians of an ideal, the guardians of a conscience”, the UN, like France, he declared, had a duty to plead for disarmament by peaceful means.

English Existentialist

Colin Wilson, who is seventy this year, is a name familiar to many as a popular writer on a bewildering variety of topics: crime and deviancy, paranormalism, archaeology and alien […]

Diversify Philosophy

The vast majority of philosophy departments in the United States offer courses only on philosophy derived from Europe and the English-speaking world.


Consider two lives. Helen Keller was born blind and deaf, but her access to the written word enabled her to succeed as a writer and activist.