Nikolai Fyodorov believed that only resurrection of the dead could save the world. His extraordinary vision fascinated the likes of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.
If only we humans would stop for a moment and observe the world around us, we might discover that there are other modes of cognition, just as fascinating as ours.
Spinoza helps diagnose the bad ideas and sad passions that preclude us from a finer relationship with the natural world.
Philosopher and political scientist Leszek Koczanowicz talks about the different aspects of societal fear and anxiety, and how this is connected with Sherlock Holmes.
What connects pop artist Dua Lipa with philosopher Jacques Derrida? Both are interested in a certain nostalgia that entwines past, present and future.
The Hungarian Ervin László was originally a classical pianist, before later becoming a philosopher of science and advocate of quantum consciousness.
The Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman talks with a modern day Stoic about what we can learn from children and how Stoicism can guide us through the contemporary world.
Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?
In a society where the notion of care is abundant, we appear to be lacking figures that represent a kind of caring guardianship. Where can we find them?
Given how little control we have of our wandering minds, how can we cultivate real mental autonomy?
Here is an old tale that is part of the Zen tradition. The parable became extremely popular in Japan, from where it reached the West in the 20th century.
A lot of us are putting a lot of effort into being more fully present and to being ‘here now’ and we head towards the fire, and in the process, we lose our sense of humor. What are the ways of taking care of ourselves in the process?
When we look up into the sky, towards the stars and beyond – to the entire universe itself – it is sometimes hard not to be overcome with a sense existential loneliness.
Nature conservation is not simply a matter of being conscious about the environment – it also raises metaphysical questions.
The philosopher and spiritual teacher Peter Deunov – also known as Beinsa Douno – was loved by Einsten, Gandhi, and a great deal of his fellow Bulgarians.
The one-time Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius talks with a modern-day Stoic about moderation, Zbigniew Herbert and smartphones.
The centuries-old traditional Japanese arts illustrate the way in which we can set out on the road and achieve our goals.
‘Despite all our medical advances,’ my friend Jason used to quip, ‘the mortality rate has remained constant – one per person.’
Grandfathers, take heart. You'll survive the paradox that's been gunning for you since the 1930s.
What do Bruce Lee, chess, and the Black Lives Matter movement have in common? The answer is, of course, the cult hip hop group, Wu-Tang Clan.
The question of what ‘youth’ means is a tricky one. Not only is it uncomfortable for people of a certain age, but being young is an entirely relative concept.
Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder.
Aura is depicted in a variety of art and myths; it is also described by adherents of esotericism. But can it be proven scientifically?
The myths and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans reveal the ways in which they viewed the sun.
The idea of accepting what there is may feel cliched. Yet, when applied with moderation and a sprinkling of help from the Stoic philosophers, it might prove to be a useful exercise after all.
In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the infamous words: “God is dead.” Yet rather than being a provocative attack on religion, the philosopher’s statement was an invitation to affirm one’s life.
Nachman of Breslov may have been an 18th-century Hasidic master, but his spiritual teachings – especially those on joy – are nonetheless relevant to all of our lives today.
Noise is all around us. So it has been, ever since we swapped our hunter-gatherer lifestyle for city-living – which is where the ancients’ complicated relationship with silence began…
According to Heraclitus, gods live everywhere – even in those things we find repugnant. We might find some surprising insight in the worldview of John Rambo, too.
We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives.
In uncertain times, many of us look towards developing our self as a means of adapting to changing circumstances. Along the way, we may be helped by the likes of Jordan Peterson and Peter Sloterdijk.
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture.
In the 3rd century AD, different Christian hermits, ascetics and monks began to inhabit the deserts of Egypt. They were often visited by demons, and in the case of Saint Anthony, endured supernatural temptation.
The Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece believed that breath played a fundamental role in structuring cosmic existence.
Steven Pinker talks about Enlightenment values, conspiracy theories, and why we should all be more optimistic about the future.
According to philosophers, popular culture and Elon Musk, there’s a strong possibility that reality is an illusion. Could this be true?
Noam Chomsky talks about who rules the world, the threat of climate change, and the breakdown of global democracy.
We throw out old, broken objects and worry about how we will look in the future. Yet, as the Japanese art of ‘kintsugi’ shows, it’s also possible to make the imperfect beautiful.
Philosopher Alain de Botton talks about how Romanticism has shaped our notions of love and what we can do to deconstruct this.
Daniel C. Dennett talks about an imaginary bright green dog, heterophenomenology, and how the self can be compared to dollars and pounds.
Carlo Strenger talks about the failures of Obama, how humans are like chimpanzees, and why we should all panic.