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Philosophy, Writing and Wayward Curiosities from Will Buckingham

Constellations of Thought: God, Death, and Other Non-Problems

Constellations of Thought: God, Death, and Other Non-Problems

What are the fundamental questions in human life? And how can reading across different traditions enrich our sense of what questions might be fruitful to ask?

Dong Zhongshu's Tales of the Unexpected

Dong Zhongshu's Tales of the Unexpected

Dong Zhongshu was a thinker fascinated by the role of chance events in human history.

Kaṇāda's Search for a Soul Without Qualities

Kaṇāda's Search for a Soul Without Qualities

What are we, most fundamentally? Kaṇāda, founder of the Vaiśeṣika philosophical school, has some surprising answers.

7 Ways of Reading Philosophy : #4 Reading Out Loud

7 Ways of Reading Philosophy : #4 Reading Out Loud

When the going gets tough, it can be good to read philosophy out loud.

Hello, Stranger - Now in Korean

Hello, Stranger - Now in Korean

My book, HELLO, STRANGER, is now published in Korean.

Learning to Play the Piano With Ptolemaïs of Cyrene

Learning to Play the Piano With Ptolemaïs of Cyrene

Ptolemaïs of Cyrene, the ancient philosopher, and what she can teach us about the art of music.

The Charisma of No-Charisma: Han Fei, Law, and the Art of Politics

The Charisma of No-Charisma: Han Fei, Law, and the Art of Politics

For the philosopher Han Fei, the ultimate form of charisma was to have no charisma. His ideas were instrumental in cementing the power of Qin Shihuang, the First Emperor.

Renegade Philosophers, and the Art of Changing Your Mind

Renegade Philosophers, and the Art of Changing Your Mind

Two philosophers from the ancient world who changed their minds: Timocrates the (former) Epicurean, and Dionysius the (former) Stoic.

The Stories that Make Us: Working with Women Survivors in Bulgaria

The Stories that Make Us: Working with Women Survivors in Bulgaria

A new project, working with women survivors of domestic abuse in Bulgaria.

Sounds Plausible? The Philosophy of Carneades

Sounds Plausible? The Philosophy of Carneades

The philosopher Carneades advocated giving up on ideas of truth and the good life, arguing that we should focus instead on what is plausible.

Justifying Ritual with Jaimini

Justifying Ritual with Jaimini

The Indian philosopher Jaimini, founder of the Mīmāṃsā tradition, on why religious ritual is its own justification.

Desmond Tutu, Ubuntu and the Possibility of Hope

Desmond Tutu, Ubuntu and the Possibility of Hope

Desmond Tutu, and the idea of ubuntu: we are, because we belong.