Yesterday I described what I think is the new consensus in philosophy, psychology and public policy: Neo-Aristotelianism. This ideology / view-of-the-world argues: We can know ourselves and change ourselves using our reason We can create new habits of thinking, feeling and acting We can build more flourishing lives The search for flourishing is social, communal Read more…

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People keep asking what’s the next ‘big idea’. The philosophy festival How The Light Gets In, in Hay-On-Wye next month, has a whole session devoted to ‘the end of big ideas’ (well..for you maybe!)  The philosopher Bryan Appleyard likewise opined on Twitter: ‘The centre left dream of Europe is dead, neo-liberalism is dead, neo-conservatism is Read more…

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Two news stories caught my eye this weekend. Firstly, the British government wants to launch a voucher scheme so every parent can take parenting classes from a range of providers. One of them is called the Parenting Gym, and is owned by Octavius Black, the millionaire school-chum of David Cameron’s, who made his fortune through Read more…

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Earlier this week I went to see a talk by Tony Hsieh, CEO of the billion-dollar shoe company Zappos. I’m not particularly interested in shoes, but Zappos is no ordinary shoe-seller. Hsieh has built a unique corporate culture, which puts a big emphasis on shared values such as positivity and creativity. He’s an evangelist for Read more…

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Here’s a piece I have in The Times today. It’s behind a pay-wall – I hope Rupert Murdoch doesn’t mind me posting it here too – for the greater good Rupert! How ancient philosophy saved my life It was around this time of year, just over a decade ago, that I had a breakdown. During Read more…

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