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Yājñavalkya and the Immortal Self

Yājñavalkya and the Immortal Self

Yājñavalkya is one of the earliest named Indian philosophers. According to traditional accounts, he was a fierce debater, and was preoccupied with the nature of the ātman, or the soul.

Anaximander and the Boundlessly Creative Universe

Anaximander and the Boundlessly Creative Universe

The philosopher Anaximander was born in the trading port of Miletus in 610 BCE, and is said to have become a student of the philosopher Thales. His philosophy explored questions of creation and destruction in nature.

Plato: Organist to the Beasts

Plato: Organist to the Beasts

A story from a 13th century Persian text about music, harmony, philosophy, catatonic animals, and the beef between Plato and Aristotle.

Gārgī Vācaknavī, the Eloquent Philosopher

Gārgī Vācaknavī, the Eloquent Philosopher

Gārgī Vācaknavī was a philosopher who is said to have lived in India around 700 BCE, and whose skill in debate was legendary.

On the Virtues of Cats

On the Virtues of Cats

John Gray's Feline Philosophy, Daoism and a medieval Chinese debate on the virtues of cats.

Guan Zhong the Reformer

Guan Zhong the Reformer

Guan Zhong was one of China's earliest named philosophers. A sharp political operator, he rose from poverty to become Chancellor of the state of Qi. He is associated in particular with the philosophy of legalism.