Imagine being able to practice philosophy through the NHS. The idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. In fact, therapists and counselors in the UK are beginning to put together something called ‘Philosophical CBT’, which could radically change how people see philosophy and the wider humanities. CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is now at Read more…

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Havi Carel had everything going for her. At 35, she had recently met the love of her life, she’d just brought out her first book, and she was about to start her dream job, teaching philosophy at the University of West England, in Bristol (UWE). The future looked bright. Then, she started to notice she Read more…

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When he was a student at Yale University, Stephen Greenblatt wandered to the local bookstore to pick up some holiday reading, and his eye was caught by a strange-looking book with a painting by Max Ernst on the cover, showing disembodied torsos copulating in the sky. Naturally he bought it. It turned out to be Read more…

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This is a rather beautiful New Yorker podcast, where the great Renaissance academic, Harvard’s Stephen Greenblatt, discusses Lucretius, the Roman Epicurean poet. Greenblatt discusses the impact of Lucretius’ poem ‘Of the things of Nature’ on European culture when it was discovered in the 15th century, and how – unlike Plato and Aristotle – Epicureanism seemed Read more…

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As part of the revival of ancient philosophy in modern life, some people have tried to establish philosophy schools where ordinary people can come, eat, drink and learn about philosophy and the art of living, just as they used to do in ancient Greece and Rome. One such place is the Idler Academy, set up Read more…

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