"Spinoza stresses that bad feelings and misunderstandings are worsened because we believe we are free."
rationality, Spinoza, emotion, money, psychology
"Pessimism, or the philosophy properly known as pessimism, was never attractive, never popular, and never, ever easy."
History of Philosophy, Ethics
Optimism, Schopenhauer, Voltaire, hope, despair
"Idleness stands very firmly against many of the ideals by which we measure success in the modern world, not least productivity and social esteem."
German Idealism, Idleness, Autonomy
“How could the absence of a positive ethical content be the basis for an ethics?”
Ethics, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies
E.M. Cioran, scepticism, work ethic, Bartleby, inactivity
"The far more urgent question is to ask why the discipline of philosophy is so eager to rehabilitate Heidegger, to make him part of us, all while sequestering them, the philosophers not deemed great."
History of philosophy
Heidegger, fascism, complicity, politics
“Empathy has gotten a bad reputation because people think of it as a type of knee-jerk reaction that is often misguided or biased.”
Ethics, Animal Studies
Veganism, vegetarianism, empathy
"Recent critiques of capitalism have become richer and more sensitive, as activists today recognize not all forms of socialism will end the plundering of our planet."
Climate change, feminism, activism
Review of Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships by Brian D. Earp and Julian Savulescu
Medicalization, psychedelics, love, psychiatry
“The distinction between animal and machine is breaking down.”
Animal Studies, Ontology
Digitisation, virtual reality, nature, geography, technology
Review of Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes
Philosophy of science, epistemology
Science, pseudo-science, feminism
Review of Seeing Ourselves: Reclaiming Humanity from God and Science by Raymond Tallis
Religion, Metaphysics, Secularism
Humanism, subjectivity, pessimism
Review of On Mercy (Princeton University Press, 2019) by Malcolm Bull.
Political Philosophy, Ethics
Power, justice, mercy