UK Philosophy

The Philosophy Of Conservation

Frontier | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Frontier

There are many branches of philosophy, within which an entire web focuses on how we humans think and feel about the natural world. Yet, despite severa...

If Altruism Is In Our Nature, Why Are We All So Selfish?

Chloe Schendel-Wilson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Schendel-Wilson

We have gone against billions of years of evolution to normalise an attitude of individualism, of narcissism, and of greed, and all of the evidence suggests that it is not good for us. So why do we do it exactly? If altruism is in our nature, why are we all so selfish?

The Myth Of Male Polygamy And Female Monogamy

Karmak Bagisbayev | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karmak Bagisbayev

We often hear natural male polygamy and female monogamy being referred to in the context of scientific fact. This myth, which has no biological foundation at all, was thought up by men back in the day of patriarchy and continues to be supported by men for obvious reasons.

Humanity In The Age Of AI

Reuven Cohen | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Tech
Reuven Cohen

As long as there has been marketing and advertising we have tried to understand what motivates people to do something. What is new is the ability for this to be applied alongside artificial intelligence combined with micro-level demographic targeting. Or in other words, a capacity to target individuals in real-time.

Complexity Is The Enemy Of Clarity

Reuven Cohen | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Tech
Reuven Cohen

Einstein once said that "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." It's a spin on the idea of a 13th century Friar, William of Ockham, who wrote about the concept of "Occam's Razor."

Mind The Gap: How Descartes' Philosophy Is Hurting Healthcare

Laura Elliott | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Laura Elliott

It's fair to say that most of us don't consider René Descartes to play an important role in our day-to-day lives. Yes, he gave us 'I think therefore ...

Why Our Creative Plans Can't Be Personal

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

You'll see, if you look at those questions again, that they are shared by the audience member. In fact, every time you make something even just partly for someone else, you let them ask the same questions you're asking of your actions; you make them shareholders in the action.

Making Enemies, President Trump And The Zeitgeist

Benjamin David | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Politics
Benjamin David

Donald Trump has been inaugurated as president of the US, a country now awash with 'unpresidented' uncertainty and a dithering moral identity. Indis...

Did You Know That You Cannot Fail At Being Human?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

This article is for those who doubt, who seek perfection, who judge, who struggle to avoid failure at all costs, for those who feel something is missing in them. This is for those who need to justify themselves, who struggle to find proof that they are a complete and good person.

Perpetual Sadness

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

In a world filled with wilful ignorance, unfettered greed and social injustice, it is difficult to believe that anyone could be immune from sadness. Y...

Shared Society: Opportunity To Renew Our Social Contract?

Clair Rees | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Clair Rees

Creative societies which hold a common cause and social contract thrive. It matters to the stability of family and community life. A vision which holds possibilities beckons you to help shape the way in which it extends its arm to the future. Future generations which will be living in a world which you have helped shape and create.

Katie Price Doesn't Bare All

Karen Dobres | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karen Dobres

I left amused but ultimately disappointed. I had expected something more insightful, dare I say 'deeper', from the conversation. More fool me. Katie was quoted on the publicity leaflet as saying "No-one will ever work me out", and she turned up and spoke true to her image, right on-brand.

With Lines Like These, It’s No Wonder Glasgow Uni Is Offering A Simpsons Philosophy Course

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Kant. Marx. Aristotle. Any self-respecting philosophy student will have studied these great thinkers at one time. But the University of Glasgow is sh...

Carrot On A Stick

Tom Cook | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cook

But we do have a place in the world, there's no need to fashion one out of thin air. We're part of a wonderfully diverse and tolerant society, and an incredibly complex ecosystem. We fulfill our potential by simply living and working, and being nice to each other and the environment.

What We Can Learn From The Philosophy Of Katie Price

Alain de Botton | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alain de Botton

Katie Price's philosophy is one of extraordinary confidence. She is remarkable not for her looks or antics but because of her tremendous self-assurance and her unwillingness to be intimidated by criticism or failure. She's always beginning a new endeavour, whether it's publishing a novel or auditioning for the Eurovision song contest. Her daring has ultimately paid off again and again. She has built a 45 million pound business empire and worldwide brand.

Don't Give A Bible, BBC, There's A World Of Choice Out There!

Andrew Copson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

For non-Christians - the majority of Brits - the Bible isn't uniquely moral, uniquely important, or uniquely beautiful. Christian hegemony is out of date. Cast away on a desert island, people should be offered the book of their choice and we now have a whole wide world of inspiration to choose from.

Post-Categorical Politics: Definition In The Age Of Fluidity

Max Sanderson | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

We have never lived in a society whereby identity is so fluid and yet, we still try to label and stereotype. We still try to operate under a paradigm that, in my eyes, is long gone. A paradigm that existed only within the society that bred it, a society that has evolved and changed to no end since.

A Postmodern Postmortem - The Expert Is Dead

Max Sanderson | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

In the wake of the recent resurgence by a certain Mr Andrew Wakefield and, what can only be described as his dangerously tenuous (read; non-existent) ...

Does Ryan Holiday Have the Cure for Modern Life?

Thomas Church | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Thomas Church

Modern life and the Web gives opportunity for our egos to grow. While a 'like' might feel good, is it, in fact, holding us back? Does Ryan Holiday hav...

In Defence of the Arts: The Value of Arts and Humanities Degrees

Lucy Moor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

With tuition fees at £9,000 a year and set to rise even further, the stakes are high, and a degree is becomingly increasingly viewed as a sales transaction, only worth obtaining if you'll do something economically 'useful' (read: science or technology-based) in the end. But, despite what Michael Gove and co might think, education is more than a commodity, and a chronic disregard for the merits of arts degrees could result in the steady erosion of our culture.

Our Generation Needs a Mature Conversation About Synthetic Biology

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

Our generation will not be the first to have a difficult conversation about emerging scientific technologies; just ask your parents about test-tube babies. But in my opinion, there has been no conversation as difficult as the one surrounding Synthetic Biology. Despite being a student of science, I am firmly of the belief that every one of us needs to be involved.

The UK's Counter-Terrorism Strategy Is Flawed - Is There an Alternative?

Benjamin David | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin David

Young people need to have the tools to see the importance of having one's beliefs proportion to the evidence, to see the importance of having an implacable smidgen of scepticism paired to every all-encompassing ideal, and to be readily receptive to having their views challenged whilst, simultaneously, prompt in challenging the views of others in a constructive, accommodating and deeply informed way.

The Known, The Strange and The New

Hilary Lawson | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Lawson

It was in 1900 that Lord Kelvin, renowned British scientist and the toast of the establishment, addressed a group of physicists at the British Associa...

Is Harsh Punishment for Crime Always Right?

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Anthony Lorenzo

If punishment must be justified, and it must, it should be done so on the basis that morality is being restored. It is morally right and beneficial to society that people cannot get away with wrongdoing. To ensure people do not want to do wrong, weight must be given to making sure the punishment is justified on the grounds that the offender benefits to. Since deterrence did not stop them committing a crime in the first place, what would? A more moral and liberal system of punishment, surely?

L'Etranger

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Larisa Sotieva

It occurred to me that when he had got on the train, he instinctively gravitated closer towards me, another human being, to share his evening. We humans are social animals, and contact with others is very important to us. Having sat down opposite me, he ate his dinner and enjoyed his daughter's laughter in my company.