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Philosophy, Writing and Wayward Curiosities from Will Buckingham

7 Ways of Reading Philosophy: An Introduction

7 Ways of Reading Philosophy: An Introduction

There are many ways you can read a philosophy book. In this first in a series of blog posts, I'm going to explore what it means to read philosophy differently.

Alcmaeon of Croton, the First Philosopher of Medicine

Alcmaeon of Croton, the First Philosopher of Medicine

What does it mean to be sick or well? What is health? The Greek doctor and philosopher Alcmaeon, who came from the city of Croton, was one of the earliest thinkers to systematically address questions of health and illness.

We All Stand Together: Love, connection and community (Love #2)

We All Stand Together: Love, connection and community (Love #2)

In this week's class, we are exploring Amazonian social philosophies of love and community, and how for social primates, community is fundamental to how we live and love.

On Bread and Fiction

On Bread and Fiction

Writing fiction is like making bread. You need to know when to knead it, and when to just let it rise.

Alexus McLeod on Maya Philosophy

Alexus McLeod on Maya Philosophy

Questions of time, ritual and identity lie at the heart of Maya philosophical traditions. Find out more in our fascinating interview with Alexus McLeod.

Let's Do It: The Philosophy of Love (Love #1)

Let's Do It: The Philosophy of Love (Love #1)

Welcome to the first lesson in our Season 2 series, taking a global perspective on the philosophy of love.

The Solitude of Books

The Solitude of Books

In a world obsessed with conversation, physical books bring us solitude and freedom.

Amateurism, Professionalism and the Art of Creativity

Amateurism, Professionalism and the Art of Creativity

If you want to create, you need to be professional. But you also need to be an amateur.

Sunzi's Way of Deceit

Sunzi's Way of Deceit

Sunzi's "The Art of War" is an ancient Chinese text that has become famous worldwide for its insights into strategy. Even today, it is still a go-to reference for military and business leaders.

Weaving the Net of Argument

Weaving the Net of Argument

Three stories of women philosophers in the ancient world weaving arguments to challenge their male contemporaries. Gārgī Vācaknavī in India, Hipparchia in Greece, and Jing Jiang in China.

Empedocles on Love and Strife

Empedocles on Love and Strife

Empedocles was a philosopher, wandering poet and shamanic healer who claimed the entire universe was underpinned by the forces of Love and Strife.

Lucy and the Rocket Dog, forthcoming in French

Lucy and the Rocket Dog, forthcoming in French

My book, Lucy and the Rocket Dog, forthcoming in French in 2022.