UK Philosophy

Obscurity Is the Enemy of Philosophy

Joseph Miles | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Scientists have gone out into the world at large away from the comforts of academia to justify what they are doing since the dawn of scientific practice itself. It is about time that philosophers did the same.

Why Does Anything Exist at All and the Problems of Necessity and Probability

Tony Sobrado | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Tony Sobrado

Why does anything exist at all? Or to put it another way "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Or to put it another way still "Why this form of existence as opposed to another?" The three different ways of presenting this question demonstrates the complexity regarding the very notion of existence and the philosophical considerations that accompany it...

What We Can Learn About the Farage-Clegg Debate From a Concert Violinist Pretending to Be a Busker

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Koutsoumbos

We've learnt that just as understanding what constitutes a sublime piece of music is central to appreciating it anywhere, knowing what constitutes a good argument is vital to deciding whether Nick Clegg or Nigel Farage has made the better case for their position, regardless of how we personally feel about them or their politics.

The Political Grounding of American Christianity

Tony Sobrado | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Tony Sobrado

In a stunningly ironic way it is the political equivalent of survival of the fittest that seeks shelter under a religious cannon. The religious Americans have there ultimate dream cake and eat it: the pre-eminence of self-regard on this earth is the right thing to do for yourself, others and God and as a consequence you are spiritually rewarded for it in the afterlife.

Facebook Philanthropists

Liam Deacon | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

I've had it. I refuse to sponsor one more person to go skydiving, travel across South America collecting pictures of themselves patting wretched children on the head or drive a car across Europe in the name of the environment.

Why We Need to Appreciate Our Own Aloneness

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

Try out this experiment. Sit in your room for an hour and turn your phone/laptop off. Dispel any distractions, don't do anything, at all. Just sit there. What do you feel at the end of the hour? Aloneness? Sorrow? Or do you feel at peace, content and fulfilled by an hour of your own company?

Hanif Kureishi and the Philosophers' Stone

Catriona Luke | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catriona Luke

Kureishi's novel The Last Word shows that if you run the vernacular flotsam and jetsam of human experience on top of a structure of abstract philosophical thought, you may still effect change in society, by literary means.

Poorna Bell

The Philosopher's Mail: Alain De Botton Talks About His Positive Spin On The News

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It has been dubbed the 'anti Daily Mail' but The Philosopher's Mail - which features celeb and crime stories but with a different twist - is a bit mor...

Tractors, Trolls and What a 1950's Philosopher Says About Twitter

Kester Brewin | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

There is rarely anything new under the sun. It's useful to remember this when there is great furore over new technologies and the effects they are having on us and the world we live in - especially when the stories are as serious as a teenager taking her life because of the 'toxic digital world' she had become so enmeshed in.

Anarchy From Within - How Germans Practise Free Love

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Even if 'Unity, Justice and Freedom' is considered the unofficial national motto, that's not what springs to mind when foreigners think of Germany. You might think immediately of their incredible organization, their love of rules and beautifully shameless attitude to sex.

The Pope on Capitalism: The Same Goes for Catholicism

Kester Brewin | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Kester Brewin

While Francis' analysis is correct, the problem is that capitalism is not the only system that acts in this way: religions - Catholicism included - also create problematic demands on us. Indeed, one could argue that the idea of God could be seen as an infinite demand: if God has said, for example, that being gay is sinful or having women leaders is wrong, who are we to even begin to argue?

Brahmacharya, China, and Me

Stephen Ewashkiw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Ewashkiw

I am currently cycling through China and this kerfuffle over a shopping bag has got me thinking about what brahmacharya means to me, and also how a lack of brahmacharya has dramatically affected China.

Existential Nettles, Astrology and Other Props, Learn to be Still and How to Make a Bird Bath

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Ahhhh....the stinging nettle. That piercing, painful sensation like a large needle entering the flesh is not easily forgotten; long after we have run from the nettle the sensation remains for hours, sometimes days.

'Businesses Need Philosophers To Help Them With 'Fluffy' Words'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK

Businesses should employ philosophers to help them deal with "fluffy" corporate language, author and philosopher Alain de Botton said. De Botton s...

The Problem With the Art Establishment

Alain de Botton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alain de Botton

The modern world thinks of art as very important, something close to the meaning of life. The symptoms of this elevated regard include the opening of new museums, the channelling of significant government resources towards the production and display of art, the desire on the part of the guardians of art to expand 'access' to works (especially for the benefit of children and minority groups), the prestige of academic art theory and the high valuations of the commercial art market.

Sophie Fiennes Directs Zizek in New 'Pervert's Guide'

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Delving once more into the hidden language of cinema, Fiennes and Zizek interpret what the movies reveal about ourselves, and the collective fantasies that shape our beliefs and practices. Fiennes commented: "We are responsible for our dreams. That's the genius of cinema: there's more happening than what you can actually talk about. "

An Inside Job: Perceptions From a Simulated Universe

Chris Malla | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

There's no definite proof that we are in a simulation, but additionally there's a lack of evidence to contrast the theory. With more and more evidence appearing out of the Bonn experiments, it's looking exceedingly likely that the simulation theory may become part of mainstream debate over the coming years.

Russian Shot Over Debate About Philosopher

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

A lively debate over the theories of Immanuel Kant saw one angry devotee allegedly shoot his sparring partner in a row over the work of the German enl...

Why I Refuse To Take Part In The 'Niqab Ban' Debate

Josh Zitser | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Josh Zitser

Amazed by the amount of blog posts about the potential ban on my Twitter feed today, I felt obliged to give into peer pressure and also write an opinion piece on it. However, I soon came to realise that many of these articles offered unsubstantiated points of view, had a predisposed bias for one side of the argument and failed to recognise the complexities and sensitivities surrounding the issue.

Use Your Imagination

Alfie Bown | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alfie Bown

Does not the fact that the statement is a command already deconstruct it, pointing to the element within it that undoes its own claim? The intention of the phrase is to allow the child to 'be itself', to act away from the distractions of modern culture

Coke Zero and Pepsi Max: 'Air Is Part of the Recipe'

Alfie Bown | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK
Alfie Bown

Jacques Lacan at the start of his seminar on The Ethics of Psychoanalysis states that desire 'is always desire in the second degree, desire of desire....

When I Feel Like Giving Up My Life's Purpose...

Sam Feltham | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Feltham

It seems no matter how hard I try to convince people that being healthy is a good idea for a long and prosperous life, the way society is built all of that hard work is reversed in an instant with conniving marketing campaigns and highly addictive foods.

Dreams of Eden

Rosemary Burnett | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rosemary Burnett

Do we need a new story to give us the determination to influence our political masters and mistresses into taking action? Do we need a new story to change our own beliefs and habits into something resembling more closely the ways of our ancestors?

Shakespeare Professor Unveils Our Demonic Dimension

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

I rarely meet people who share my bittersweet obsession with both Shakespeare and Dostoevsky. So when I do, the elation is boundless. That's what made me gasp as I was looking through the contents of The Demonic: Literature and Experience, newly published by Routledge.

Why I Am No Longer a Christian: There Is No Free Will

Steven Colborne | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Steven Colborne

The first thing to make clear is that I have every respect for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and people of all faiths and no faith. Our beliefs, ...