Philosophy In The News, Weekly: November 3 to 9, 2018

The best of the philosophical internet from Brain Pickings, Harvard Graduate School of Education, The Washington Post, Motherboard, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Psychology Today, The Philosophers’ Magazine,  Science, The Guardian, BBC World Service and Haaretz.

“It was never published in her lifetime. Nearly a century later, it speaks with astonishing and terrifying precision to the underlying forces ripping our world asunder.” Maria Popova turns her generous attention to Simon Weil’s neglected On the Abolition of All Political Parties. | Brain Pickings

“The civic education we need now is, above all, an education in reasoning and arguing about big ethical questions that matter: justice, the common good, what it means to be a citizen,” Harvard professor Michael Sandel wants to temper the “ideological food fights” of our public discourse with philosophical table manners. | Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Alt-right thinkers present themselves as protectors of the classics who are saving the cultural heritage of the West from social-justice-warrior professors who secretly want to destroy it.” With friends like these the ancient Greeks and Romans need no enemies. | The Washington Post

A physicist and a philosopher say something in response to the question: What is nothing? | Motherboard

“What is the telos––the purpose, end, or goal––of the university?” On the unmanageable conflict between truth and social justice in academia. | The Atlantic

“In this biography, Nietzsche steps out of the mists of obfuscation and rumor, vividly evoked with his beautiful manners and ridiculous mustache, the blue-lensed glasses to protect his delicate eyes.” The Times reviews I Am Dynamite! A Life of Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux | The New York Times

“The self does not lie passively in wait for us to discover it. Selfhood is made in the active, ongoing process … The enduring nature of being human is to turn into something else.” Hesse and Nietzsche on becoming who you are. | Psychology Today

“Everyday and in every way, neuroscience removes the last vestiges of an immaterial soul or self.” Owen Flanagan and Gregg D. Caruso on neuroexistentialism. | The Philosophers’ Magazine

“Stoicism is an antidote to a culture of fragility. It strengthens the individual by helping them to control their reactions to the world.” On the popularity of The Stoic Emperor’s Twitter account. | The Evening Standard

Kyla Slaven, producer of philosophy podcast Short & Curly, thinks “it’s important that kids are aware that life’s big philosophical questions are not just for adults, or even certain kinds of adults, and in fact some of the curly questions they take on have stumped some of the greatest minds in history.” | The Sydney Morning Herald

“When the biotech revolution merges with the infotech revolution, it will produce Big Data algorithms that can monitor and understand my feelings much better than I can … then authority will probably shift from humans to computers.” 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. | Science

Does teacher or parent know best? Home schooling and “unschooling” is on the rise in Britain. | The Guardian

For three-quarters of an hour, Bridget Kendal and guests discuss the Stoic art of life, ancient and modern. | BBC World Service

“There has been a steady flow of neo-Stoic literature, but in the past few years the stream has overflowed the banks of the philosophy departments and become a full-fledged trend.” Ofri Ilany on why Stoicism is making a comeback in the age of Trump. | Haaretz







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