Angie Hobbs came and spoke at the London Philosophy Club earlier this month. She’s an expert on Plato, and in her talk she used Platonism as a way of making sense of last year’s riots. She noted that many media commentators called the rioters ‘shameless’. This wasn’t true at all, she said. The rioters had Read more…

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Here are some nice pics of the Brandstof / School of Life event in Amsterdam a fortnight ago, by the Brandstof photographer. More here.

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There are few areas of our society going through such bewildering change at the moment as higher education. It is a difficult and distressing time for academics and students alike. But this upheaval also means we have a rare opportunity not merely to defend the status quo but to experiment with new models of higher Read more…

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Our lives are economies of pleasure, made of habitual ways of trying to feel good. If we want to change ourselves we have, as it were, to reform our habitual structures of pleasure and build new structures. We must change the ways that we get pleasure, and perhaps deny ourselves pleasure in the habitual forms Read more…

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This is a weird time to be alive. To live now is to have the occasional consciousness that our planet is heading for a monumental shift in climate, which is likely to make existence much harder for billions of people in the future. Yet, despite this prospect, there is a general feeling that, firstly, there’s Read more…

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