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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?

Gautama Buddha and the Turn Toward Experience

Gautama Buddha and the Turn Toward Experience

The Buddha was a wandering renunciant in Ancient India who kick-started a two and a half thousand-year-old religious and philosophical tradition. But who was he?

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Love, trust and the future (Love #6)

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Love, trust and the future (Love #6)

What does it mean to say "I love you"? And how do these three little words change our sense of ourselves, our commitments, and our future?

Living the Life of a Dog with Diogenes the Cynic

Living the Life of a Dog with Diogenes the Cynic

Diogenes was the original drop-out philosopher. A fierce critic of the hypocrisy of society, he chose instead to live in accord with nature.

Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong? Love, transcendence and madness (Love #5)

Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong? Love, transcendence and madness (Love #5)

Does love lift us up where we belong? Or is it a kind of madness? In this week's class, we plunge into Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus to find out.