Links tagged with “philosophy”
Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in | World news | The Guardian
I’m ashamed to say that I was barely aware of much of this. How did that happen then? And until now? (via Buckslip)
A Message to the 21st Century by Isaiah Berlin | The New York Review of Books
“If you are truly convinced that there is some solution to all human problems, that one can conceive an ideal society which men can reach if only they do what is necessary to attain it, then you and your followers must believe that no price can be too high to pay in order to open the gates of such a paradise.”
After You’ve Gone by Thomas Nagel | The New York Review of Books
On thinking about the world after we, as individuals, die. And the importance of “the collective afterlife”, “the survival and continued renewal of humanity after our personal death”. (Subscribers only)
Justice with Michael Sandel - Online Harvard Course Exploring Justice, Equality, Democracy, and Citizenship
Sounds great, although it’s hard to tell if this is a simplified or different version of the actual Harvard course outlined at http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/jmr/about.html (via NYRB)
Early Modern Texts - Philosophers and Philosophy Topics
Lots of older philosophy works translated into more modern English to make them easier going today. (via The Online Photographer)
Religious Faith and John Rawls by Kwame Anthony Appiah | The New York Review of Books
Tracing John Rawls’ changing ideas from “the eternal claims of Christianity,” through ‘A Theory of Justice’s “appealing to the universal truths of reason,” to deriving ideals from the “shared consensus of democratic citizens.” (Subscribers only.)
A New Theory of Justice by Samuel Freeman | The New York Review of Books
Starts with a good summary of John Rawls’ ‘A Theory of Justice’, then Amartya Sen’s critique of that, then the article’s author, Samuel Freeman’s, critique of that. But subscribers only, booo.
The School Of Life - Homepage
“A new cultural enterprise based in central London offering intelligent instruction on how to lead a fulfilled life.” A religion without religion? Intriguing. (via Kottke)
LRB | Jonathan Lear : Can the virtuous person exist in the modern world?
More ethics, morality, philosophy stuff for me to delve into one mythical day when I have loads more time to read books. (Subscribers only)
The New York Review of Books: The Case for Decency
“The belief in unity that has fueled so many utopian dreams is an effort to reconcile the irreconcilable that ends in repression. Berlin suggests we renounce this venerable faith, and learn how to live with intractable conflict.” (Subscribers only)
The Believer - Interview with Jonathan Haidt
On whether moral judgements are based on reason. Not sure how much of it I agree with, but it’s interesting.
Squashed Philosophers- Condensed Plato Aristotle Augustine Descartes Hume Marx Freud Copernicus Hobbes Sartre Ayer Sade Wittgenstein Einstein
Ooh, fantastic. Not that I’ll even get round to reading the squashed versions. Bah.