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Combat, Play and Aesthetic Experience: Three Metaphors of Philosophy

Combat, Play and Aesthetic Experience: Three Metaphors of Philosophy

Is philosophy a kind of play? Is it a kind of combat? Or is it a kind of aesthetic experience? Thoughts on Sarah Mattice and Michel Serres.

Advice for Rulers, Charioteers and Cyclists: the Huainanzi

Advice for Rulers, Charioteers and Cyclists: the Huainanzi

The Huainanzi, a fascinating Han dynasty guidebook for rulers, on resonance, non-action, charioteering, and how not to fall off a bicycle.

Knowing, Doing, and Doubting: Nyāya Philosophy

Knowing, Doing, and Doubting: Nyāya Philosophy

For the philosophers of the Nyāya school, the role of knowledge was to make effective action possible.

Constellations of Thought: God, Death, and Other Non-Problems

Constellations of Thought: God, Death, and Other Non-Problems

What are the fundamental questions in human life? And how can reading across different traditions enrich our sense of what questions might be fruitful to ask?

Dong Zhongshu's Tales of the Unexpected

Dong Zhongshu's Tales of the Unexpected

Dong Zhongshu was a thinker fascinated by the role of chance events in human history.

Kaṇāda's Search for a Soul Without Qualities

Kaṇāda's Search for a Soul Without Qualities

What are we, most fundamentally? Kaṇāda, founder of the Vaiśeṣika philosophical school, has some surprising answers.