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SPIEGEL Interview with Umberto Eco: 'We Like Lists Because We Don't Want to Die' SPIEGEL: Mr.

SPIEGEL Interview with Umberto Eco: 'We Like Lists Because We Don't Want to Die'

Eco, you are considered one of the world's great scholars, and now you are opening an exhibition at the Louvre, one of the world's most important museums. The subjects of your exhibition sound a little commonplace, though: the essential nature of lists, poets who list things in their works and painters who accumulate things in their paintings. Why did you choose these subjects? The View from Mount Zapffe. Articles.

The View from Mount Zapffe

Why Stoicism is one of the best mind-hacks ever – Lary Wallace. 44 Essential Movies for the Student of Philosophy. What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “philosophical film”?

44 Essential Movies for the Student of Philosophy

Does life have a purpose? – Michael Ruse. One of my favorite dinosaurs is the Stegosaurus, a monster from the late Jurassic (150 million years ago), noteworthy because of the diamond-like plates all the way down its back.

Does life have a purpose? – Michael Ruse

Since this animal was discovered in the late 1870s in Wyoming, huge amounts of ink have been spilt trying to puzzle out the reason for the plates. The obvious explanation, that they are used for fighting or defence, simply cannot be true. The connection between the plates and the main body is way too fragile to function effectively in a battle to the death. Another explanation is that, like the stag’s antlers or the peacock’s tail, they play some sort of role in the mating game. Ex Machina and AI. I saw Ex Machina this weekend.

Ex Machina and AI

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, mild spoiler alert – I will try to avoid any major reveals, but I will be discussing major aspects of the movie. First, it’s an excellent film. I highly recommend it. It was both entertaining and thought provoking. Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility. By Maria Popova “To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control.”

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility

In 1988, Bill Moyers produced a series of intelligent, inspiring, provocative conversations with a diverse set of cultural icons, ranging from Isaac Asimov to Noam Chomsky to Chinua Achebe. It was unlike any public discourse to have ever graced the national television airwaves before. What Wittgenstein Learned from Teaching Elementary School. What the philosopher learned from his time in elementary-school classrooms.

What Wittgenstein Learned from Teaching Elementary School

Ludwig Wittgenstein, who knew how to sully a chalkboard with the best of them. Every philosophy major has at some point had to answer the standard challenge: “What are you going to do, teach?” The Enchiridion by Epictetus. Commentary: A few comments have been posted about The Enchiridion.

The Enchiridion by Epictetus

Download: A 40k text-only version is available for download. The EnchiridionBy Epictetus Written 135 A.C.E. Translated by Elizabeth Carter 1. Some things are in our control and others not. Roger Scruton – A culture of fake originality. A high culture is the self-consciousness of a society.

Roger Scruton – A culture of fake originality

It contains the works of art, literature, scholarship and philosophy that establish a shared frame of reference among educated people. Vattimo, Gianni. Gianni Vattimo is an Italian philosopher and cultural commentator.

Vattimo, Gianni

He studied in Turin, Italy with Luigi Pareyson, and in Heidelberg under Hans-Georg Gadamer. Central to Vattimo's philosophy are the existentialist and proto-postmodernist influences of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer and Kuhn. He has also become prominent outside of philosophical circles through his political activism in supporting gay rights and from his position as a Member of the European Parliament. His ideas have had a wide-ranging influence across disciplines such as feminism, theology, sexuality studies, and globalisation. History of Ideas – Aeon Magazine. Steven Pinker Language Interview With Jesse Singal. Steven Pinker—the Harvard cognitive scientist who also chairs the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary—is not a fan of many of the “rules” one finds in modern guides to grammar and usage, not to mention finger-wagging language columns.

That's part of the reason he wrote The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, which just came out today: Even though Pinker has long been a fan of Strunk & White's and other style guides, he realized that they are often larded with proscriptions that exist simply because they have been passed down from earlier, different eras, rather than because they are based on any sound grammatical logic or understanding of linguistics (Strunk & White, he notes early on, “misdefined terms such as phrase, participle, and relative clause”).

Being In The World (Documentary) [Video] Talking to a Philosopher About True Detective. "I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution,” mutters Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle in his version of ride-along small talk with partner Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson). While True Detective is heralded for its slow-burn mystery shrouded in atmosphere as thick as the bayou, half the fun of an episode is waiting to see which metaphysical concept Rust will tackle in monotone soliloquy.

Life, death, religion, love, the fourth dimension, man's physical self as a conduit for violent action — Rust has a line for every topic and, thankfully, is always willing to share. It's easy to forget there may be answers at the end of True Detective's tunnel when McConaughey continues to drop foggy poeticisms with such grace. But do Rust's nihilistic ruminations reflect a founded philosophical doctrine or is he spewing pure bunk? Is nihilism even the right word for it? What makes True Detective a TV show worth analyzing on a philosophical level?

Being In The World (Documentary) When Einstein Met Tagore. Ross Andersen – Humanity's deep future. Sometimes, when you dig into the Earth, past its surface and into the crustal layers, omens appear. In 1676, Oxford professor Robert Plot was putting the final touches on his masterwork, The Natural History of Oxfordshire, when he received a strange gift from a friend.

What Does It Mean To Be Human? A Historical Perspective 1800-2011. By Maria Popova. The_Sufis_-_Idries_Shah.pdf. Io9. The Great Philosophers - John Searle on Ludwig Wittgenstein - Watch Free Documentary Online - Bryan Magee. Philosophical Concepts Of Atheism. The Blue Book. Home > Ludwig Wittgenstein >

Download 90 Free Philosophy Courses and Start Living the Examined Life. Ludwig Wittgenstein - On Certainty. Ludwig Wittgenstein.