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The Lies That Bind Us

Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses how identities form, trap or set us free

Kwame Anthony Appiah
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The Freedom to Be Free at Work

Now is the time to take Hannah Arendt's ideas on what makes us human further

Nicholas Smith
Issue Article
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Alternative Hedonism

Environmentalism can aim for both a ‘simpler’ and more pleasurable post-consumerist life

Kate Soper
Ideas for Life
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Does the Enlightenment Need Defending?

Steven Pinker and Homi Bhabha discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the Enlightenment

Steven Pinker
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The Universal Basic Income: For the Sceptics

Why basic income is a necessary step towards building a society fit for the 21st century

Guy Standing
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Hawking, Dawkins, Einstein: Are Celebrity Scientists Just Memes?

An interview with philosopher of science Philip Kitcher on popular science, its benefits and costs

Philip Kitcher

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Beard vs Taleb: Scientism and the Nature of Historical Inquiry

How a Twitter row on diversity in Roman Britain became a masterclass in the dangers of scientism

Massimo Pigliucci
Ideas for Life
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Why Philosophy Matters

To celebrate World Philosophy Day 2017, we asked philosophers why it's important to them

IAI News Editorial Staff
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Hawking, Dawkins, Einstein: Are Celebrity Scientists Just Memes?

An interview with philosopher of science Philip Kitcher on popular science, its benefits and costs

Philip Kitcher
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10 Soviet Philosophers You Should Know

For the centenary of the Russian revolution, we've listed the USSR's forgotten thinkers

Paula Erizanu
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“The Courage to Face a Lifetime”: On the Enduring Appeal of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy

Mocked by philosophers, adored by readers – what is the lasting allure of Ayn Rand?

Carrie-Ann Biondi
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Nietzsche and The Philosophy of Umbrellas

How the philosopher's musings on his lost umbrella raises deeper philosophical questions

Marion Rankine
Ideas for Life

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Laughing and Crying About the Second World War

Remembering the war in Russia, Germany and Britain should involve reflecting on the groups that are demonized today

Catherine Brown
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Are We All Suffering From Collective Amnesia?

Preserving statues of imperialists and slave owners enforces narratives rather than protecting free speech

Alessandra Tanesini
Ideas for Life
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What Michelangelo’s David Can Teach Us About Radical Politics

Marx vs Adorno on demanding the impossible without being a political failure

Enzo Rossi
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Christmas - the Orgy of Stuff

We like our Christmas heavy on consumption, and light on religion. How did we get here and what should we do about it?

Scott Lowe
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Why Philosophy Matters

To celebrate World Philosophy Day 2017, we asked philosophers why it's important to them

IAI News Editorial Staff
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Can plastic surgery make you more authentic?

Women with cosmetic surgery are not deluded victims but autonomous beings.

Luna Dolezal
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Issue 60: Authenticity, Reality and Being

Is authenticity just an illusion?

CominternIV

10 Soviet Philosophers You Should Know

For the centenary of the Russian revolution, we've listed the USSR's forgotten thinkers

Paula Erizanu
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Nietzsche and The Philosophy of Umbrellas

How the philosopher's musings on his lost umbrella raises deeper philosophical questions

Marion Rankine
Ideas for Life
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The Unfounded Fear of Monopolies

Why innovation and not government save us from private monopolies

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Beard vs Taleb: Scientism and the Nature of Historical Inquiry

How a Twitter row on diversity in Roman Britain became a masterclass in the dangers of scientism

Massimo Pigliucci
Ideas for Life
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“The Courage to Face a Lifetime”: On the Enduring Appeal of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy

Mocked by philosophers, adored by readers – what is the lasting allure of Ayn Rand?

Carrie-Ann Biondi
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