"The Triumph of Death" - Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c. 1562. Located in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Does Evil Have a Purpose in Life?

January 19, 2017

By James Hall, Ph.D, University of Richmond What is the purpose of evil? Why does it exist? The most widely cited theodicy for human evil relies […]

American History

Martin Luther King, Jr.— American Prophet

January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr’s, success stemmed from formidable oratory skills sharpened at the pulpit coupled with an intellectual and theological prowess that guided his actions to a stunning […]

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Do Souls Exist?

January 11, 2017

Do souls exist? Professor David Kyle Johnson answers 7 philosophical questions on one of the most discussed subjects in human history. […]

Applied Philosophy

Should You Be Skeptical of The Insanity Defense?

January 10, 2017

What criteria has to be satisfied to qualify one as insane for purposes of law? Professor Daniel N. Robinson discusses the insanity defense and its many shifting definitions throughout history. […]

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Applied Philosophy

The Wisdom of Crowds

December 20, 2016

We are going to talk about prediction. We are going to see how diverse ways of thinking contribute to the ability of a collection of […]

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Classical Philosophy

How Stoicism Influenced Christianity

December 14, 2016

By Daniel N. Robinson, Ph.D., Oxford University Before Christianity there was Stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy whose tenets—such as monotheism and belief a rational plan for the […]

Modern Philosophy

Rousseau’s Dissent from the Enlightenment

December 14, 2016

By Professor Darren Staloff, City College of New York Given the overwhelming success of the Enlightenment as a philosophical and social movement that transformed the world, […]

Domenico di Michelino Dante and His Poem (1465) fresco, in the dome of the church of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence (Florence's cathedral). Dante Alighieri is shown holding a copy of his epic poem The Divine Comedy. He is pointing to a procession of sinners being lead down to the circles of Hell on the left. Behind him are the seven terraces of Purgatory, with Adam and Eve representing Earthly Paradise on top. Above them, the sun and the moon represent Heavenly Paradise, whilst on the right is Dante's home city of Florence. The illustration of Florence is self referencial, depicting the recently completed and much celebrated cathedral dome inside which the fresco is painted.
Ancient Literature

Dante’s Paradise: The Sphere of Wisdom

December 14, 2016

On their journey through Paradise, Dante and Beatrice visit the fourth sphere—the so-called sphere of the Sun—and meet the wisest persons to ever live. But rather than […]

Classical Philosophy

Mathematics and Plato’s Guardians

December 14, 2016

In Plato’s Republic, the great philosopher lays out his thoughts and prescriptions for the best way to organize society. Power, he insists, should lie with […]

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