Philosophy

Featured Book: Elizabeth Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy"

Featured Book: Elizabeth Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy"

It’s easy to believe that the reach of modern philosophy extends no further than the stuffy ivory towers of contemporary academia. That would be a mistake. Philosophy literally means “the love of wisdom,” and this love, when pursued earnestly, can change the way we think about right and wrong—and about ourselves.

“What sort of person ought I to be?” The question is a simple one, but for those who take it seriously, merely addressing it can have profound consequences.

Artificial intelligence and the morality minefield

Artificial intelligence and the morality minefield

Imagine yourself in a car powered by the latest super-smart artificial intelligence (A.I.). Three pedestrians recklessly burst onto the road in front of you. Your self-driving vehicle has no time to slow down – it will either hit the pedestrians or veer off the road, most likely crashing and endangering your life. Who should the car decide to save? The pedestrians? Or should it kill three people to save you, the owner, who did nothing wrong?

How to win the presidency: 5 tips from Plato, Aristotle, and other great thinkers

How to win the presidency: 5 tips from Plato, Aristotle, and other great thinkers

Amidst the frenzy leading up to Super Tuesday, when 15 U.S. states hold primaries in a single day, we turned to some of history’s greatest thinkers for advice on how to win one of the most coveted offices in the world. Their advice can secure you the competitive edge in any race—be it personal, professional, or political.

7 leadership tips from Plato, Sun Tzu, and the world’s greatest minds

7 leadership tips from Plato, Sun Tzu, and the world’s greatest minds

When setting out into the world with an exciting, disruptive idea, it’s easy to forget that once the idea works you have to run the company. You have investors and shareholders to answer to and employees who rely on you for paychecks. The challenges that come with leadership are among the hardest in the business world; every decision you make has more consequences, and the moral decisions that come along the way are enough to challenge even the most steadfast of leaders.

How the art of war won the super bowl

How the art of war won the super bowl

When the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl in their “toughest test yet” this week, few people realized that the fighting spirit in the team’s most important player — a “bionic man” gunning for a final victory after several catastrophic neck injuries — was thanks to The Art of War, a war manual written by a Chinese general over 2,500 years ago.

Feminism abcs: adichie, beyoncé, and cyrus – can they really all be feminists?

Feminism abcs: adichie, beyoncé, and cyrus – can they really all be feminists?

Much digital ink has been spilled recently on the feminist stance of contemporary female pop stars. Since Beyoncé’s performance at the 2014 VMAs, when she sang in front of an enormous digital display that captioned Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words from We Should All Be Feminists, we have seen a range of performers labeling themselves feminists.