Platon

Scholars react to “Plato Code” claims

Bold new claims about esoteric doctrines in the works of Plato have stirred a global debate in ancient scholarship and philosophy. Manchester University’s Jay Kennedy published a paper in the leading journal Apeiron claiming that…

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The thick of it

Michael Sandel tells Julian Baggini why he wants a more faith-friendly politics 2009 was a breakthrough year for Michael Sandel. The Harvard political philosopher has been at the top of his profession ever since the…

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Word of Mouse

The story goes that when the Roman horsemen first saw Pyrrhus’ twenty war elephants, at the battle of Heraclea in 280 BCE, they were so terrorised by these strange creatures, which they had never seen…

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My philosophy: Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar tells Julian Baggini about his philosophical and spiritual development. In Britain, describing yourself as a public intellectual sounds too pretentious by half. Like “polymath”, it is only an acceptable description if offered by…

Justice for all?

“When somebody fucks with what we do, we go after them.” Thus spoke drummer Lars Ulrich in an interview about Metallica’s lawsuit against Napster. Other than the complete absence of guitar solos on St. Anger,…

Sci-phi: Bernard d’Espagnat

Most physicists tend to shy away from the big philosophical questions, but not Bernard d’Espagnat, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the University of Paris-Sud. For the last forty years d’Espagnat has discussed the philosophical…