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Philosophy, Writing and Wayward Curiosities from Will Buckingham

Ptahhotep and the Emeralds of Wisdom

Ptahhotep and the Emeralds of Wisdom

One of history's earliest named philosophers was from Africa. He lived 4500 years ago in Egypt, and his name was Ptahhotep.

BBC Travel piece on Plovdiv and the art of making space

BBC Travel piece on Plovdiv and the art of making space

Bulgaria's second city has a reputation for doing things its own way.

Aspasia, the Philosopher Who Taught Socrates Rhetoric

Aspasia, the Philosopher Who Taught Socrates Rhetoric

Along with Diotima, Aspasia was one of the two women philosophers whom Plato recognised as a teacher of Socrates. Her biography is subject to debate, but she is still famous for her knowledge of rhetoric and her skill in debate.

Diotima Climbs the Ladder of Love

Diotima Climbs the Ladder of Love

Diotima was a teacher of Socrates, a priestess, and a philosopher of love. She appears only once in contemporary accounts, in the work of Plato; and for centuries, scholars have debated her historicity. But whether or not she truly existed, the ideas attributed to her are both subtle and powerful.

Cultivating Ritual with Confucius

Cultivating Ritual with Confucius

Confucius is one of history's most influential philosophers. His insights have shaped the cultures of East Asia and beyond for centuries. Confucius was a reformer who aimed to refashion society on the basis of justice and virtue. And yet, during his lifetime, his teachings were largely ignored.

Thales of Miletus on Appearance and Reality

Thales of Miletus on Appearance and Reality

Thales of Miletus has some claim to being the very earliest philosopher in the Greek world. He is famous for his claim that everything is made of water. As well as being a philosopher, he was an engineer, an astronomer, and an astute observer of the natural world.

Socrates, Philosophical Trouble-Maker

Socrates, Philosophical Trouble-Maker

Socrates lived in Athens in the 5th Century BCE. He was the archetypal philosopher: a restless seeker after wisdom, a thorn in the side of the intelligentsia of Athens, a copious drinker, and a thinker who claimed that when it came down to it, he knew nothing at all.

 Hospitality, Islam and How to Resist Hatred

Hospitality, Islam and How to Resist Hatred

Resisting hatred through curry, friendship, and hospitality

To Express or To Explore: The Art of Nonfiction

To Express or To Explore: The Art of Nonfiction

Nonfiction is about exploring the world, and our relationship with the world

BBC Travel: What Happened to Myanmar's Ghosts?

BBC Travel: What Happened to Myanmar's Ghosts?

A piece on BBC travel website.

Writing Without the Hard Grind

Writing Without the Hard Grind

Writing doesn't have to involve misery.

No Place Like Home: Witchcraft and Gentrification in Myanmar

No Place Like Home: Witchcraft and Gentrification in Myanmar

On witchcraft and gentrification in Yangon (republished from the SEA Globle).