There is a danger that we have become not just trapped in the ‘prison of GDP’, but trapped in the prison of statistics. We have become trapped in the idea that something can only be a serious goal if we can quantify it, measure it, and track our progress towards it on a neat Power Read more…

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Here’s a very brief history of philosophy. 1) The first era of philosophy was the era of Street Philosophy, which ran (very roughly) from the life of Socrates to the first council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Street philosophy was open source. It was, literally, taught in the open: in street locations like the marketplace, Read more…

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I did my first philosophy talk in the UK last night (well, if you don’t count the comic attempt at Speaker’s Corner a couple of years back). I gave a short talk at the London Philosophy Club, which meets once a month at the ICA. I think it went well and I enjoyed the discussions Read more…

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Donald Robertson, a British therapist who is head of the UK College of CBT, has a new book out called The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which looks at the roots of CBT in ancient Greek philosophy. Donald, like me, is fascinated by the role ancient Greco-Roman philosophy, particularly Stoicism, has played in inspiring the Read more…

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This from the FT, by Jonathan Guthrie: Greece is suffering a financial crisis. Greece is the birthplace of philosophy, which aims to solve both practical and theoretical problems. So what strategies would ancient Greek philosophers have suggested for dealing with today’s catastrophe? Angie Hobbs, a philosopher at Warwick University, says that Plato, the legendary pupil Read more…

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