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The Goodness of Work: Virtue, work, and salvation (Work #3)

The Goodness of Work: Virtue, work, and salvation (Work #3)

Work, according to Thomas Carlyle, is a purifying fire that saves us from all vices. But is Carlyle right? And is work really a path to virtue?

Maya Philosophy, and How to Give Shape to Time

Maya Philosophy, and How to Give Shape to Time

The Maya philosophers were preoccupied with time, and with how the ritual ordering of time is a way that human beings participate in the ongoing creation of the world.

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.