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It's a Kind of Magic: The Philosophy of Ritual

It's a Kind of Magic: The Philosophy of Ritual

Getting philosophical about ritual, from Confucius and spirit sacrifice in Ancient China to the everyday miracle of shaking hands.

Pyrrho and the Trouble with Ethics

Pyrrho and the Trouble with Ethics

Pyrrho was the precursor of the ancient sceptical school. He was a philosopher who travelled widely and, according to some commentators, reinvented Indian modes of thought in the context of ancient Greece.

Hipparchia: Philosophy as Comedy

Hipparchia: Philosophy as Comedy

The Cynic philosopher Hipparchia defied social convention, in pursuit of a life free of hypocrisy and privilege.

Zeno of Citium and the Challenge of Living Naturally

Zeno of Citium and the Challenge of Living Naturally

Stoicism was one of the most influential philosophical schools in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. And the first Stoic philosopher was Zeno of Citium.

Not the Mystical East: India's Long Tradition of Materialism

Not the Mystical East: India's Long Tradition of Materialism

We often assume that Indian philosophy is somehow inherently “spiritual”. But India's long tradition of Cārvāka materialist philosophy suggests otherwise.

Sophie Grace Chappell on Plato and the Moral Imagination

Sophie Grace Chappell on Plato and the Moral Imagination

An interview with Sophie Grace Chappell about philosophy, following your deepest impulses, and why mountain climbing is not unlike philosophy.