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The Life of Activity: Work, Labour and Action (Work #2)

The Life of Activity: Work, Labour and Action (Work #2)

The philosopher Hannah Arendt provides an incisive account of work, labour and action. This week, we see how Arendt can help us think better about work.

Mozi and the Challenge of Universal Love

Mozi and the Challenge of Universal Love

Mozi was one of the most influential of all early Chinese philosophers. He proposed a society based on universal love, protected by a system of rewards and punishments.

Working it Out: The Philosophy of Work (Work #1)

Working it Out: The Philosophy of Work (Work #1)

Season three of our Looking for Wisdom course, where we're looking at the philosophy of work. This week: hunters and gatherers, Mencius, Aristotle and slavery.

Democritus and Reasons to be Cheerful

Democritus and Reasons to be Cheerful

Democritus and his teacher Leucippus were the first philosophers to propose that all things were made up of the joining-together of imperceptible atoms.

Yang Zhu on How to Keep Our Nature Intact

Yang Zhu on How to Keep Our Nature Intact

Yang Zhu was an ancient Chinese philosopher who is associated with hedonism, and with the cultivation of bodily pleasure.

"Love and Understanding": The tangle of love and wisdom (Love #7)

"Love and Understanding": The tangle of love and wisdom (Love #7)

Is philosophy the love of wisdom? Or is it, as some philosophers have suggested, the wisdom of love? And what do love and wisdom have to do with each other anyway?