There’s a long tradition in philosophy of thinking that we actually know ourselves quite well. Descartes, who has a reasonable claim to be the founder of this tradition, apparently thought that we had infallible and complete knowledge of everything going on in our minds.
June 19 : The Philanthropy Trap
Many of us generally admire people who donate large sums of money to charity. Yet people donate for...
June 12 : Philosophy of Sleep
"Blessed are the sleepy ones," writes Nietzsche, "for they shall soon drop off." Sleep is an...
June 5 : Life as a Work of Art
We know what it means for a painting to be beautiful. But what about a life? Like great works of...
Is private philanthropy an unalloyed good, or is it fundamentally undemocratic? Would the world be a better place without charitable foundations funded by the billionaire class? Or do we need these organizations to tackle chronic social problems?