Children are natural philosophers. Ask anyone who has encountered a three-year old constantly asking the question “Why?” Yet how often do we encourage the questions children ask and really take the time to further develop the ensuing discussion?
One of the interesting questions we face as philosophers who are attempting to make philosophical ideas accessible for a general audience, is whether or not everyone can or should ‘do philosophy’.
The best of the philosophical internet from Philosophy Now, NPR, The New York Times, 1000-Word Philosophy, The Independent, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Economist, Quartz, The Arts Desk, Thought Leader, The New Yorker, APA Blog, BBC Ideas, The Guardian and The Partially Examined Life.
Simone de Beauvoir is rightly best known for declaring: ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.’ A less well-known facet of her philosophy, particularly relevant today, is her political activism, a viewpoint that follows directly from her metaphysical stance on the self, namely that we have no fixed essences.
The best of the philosophical internet from Al-Fanar Media, the APA Blog, 3:AM Magazine, 1000-Word Philosophy, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, big think, VICE, Aeon, Public Books, Times Literary Supplement, Wired, Quartz, Tablet, Vanity Fair, The Philosopher's Zone, The Independent, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, VGR, and Five Books.
Chinese online news sources recently reported the unveiling of a gigantic statue of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong province, in Eastern China, the birthplace of the ancient philosopher.
The best of the philosophical internet from Quartzy, The New Republic, big think, The New York Times, TIME, 3:AM Magazine, The Economist, spiked, Waco Tribune, The Guardian, Varsity and WBUR.
When Michel de Montaigne retired to his family estate in 1572, aged 38, he tells us that he wanted to write his famous Essays as a distraction for his idle mind. He neither wanted nor expected people beyond his circle of friends to be too interested.