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Oct
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The Great Philosophers: Karl Marx

Most people agree that we need to improve our economic system somehow. It threatens our planet through excessive consumption, distracts us with irrelevant advertising, leaves people hungry and without healthcare, and fuels unnecessary wars. Yet we’re also often keen to dismiss the ideas of its...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
15
Oct
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The Great Philosophers: Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy was achieved by such a long, arduous and heroic struggle that it can feel embarrassing – even shameful – to feel a little disappointed by it. We know that at key historical moments people have made profound sacrifices so that we can, every...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
05
Oct
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The Great Philosophers: William Morris

The 19th-century designer, poet and entrepreneur William Morris is one of the best guides we have to the modern economy – despite the fact that he died in 1896 (while Queen Victoria was still on the throne), never made a telephone call and would...
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14
Sep
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The Great Philosophers: Niccolò Machiavelli

Our assessment of politicians is torn between hope and disappointment. On the one hand, we have an idealistic idea that a politician should be an upright hero, a man or woman who can breathe new moral life into the corrupt workings of the state....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
10
Sep
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Half-Price Afternoons: 60+ and Students

We're delighted to announce a new concessionary rate for afternoon classes, for over 60's and students. 14.00 - 17.00 Monday - Thursday £20 (usual price: £40) To book call us at +44 (0) 20 7833 1010 This offer is subject to availability, and you will be asked to...
Posted by The School of Life
05
Sep
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The Great Artists: Johannes Vermeer

We live in a world saturated with false glamour. In truth, the problem does not lie with glamour itself, but with the things we have collectively agreed to regard as glamorous. Progress wouldn’t be found in eradicating the whole idea of glamour from our...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
28
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Comuna 13, San Javier, Medellín, Colombia – for Dissatisfaction

Groups of young men armed with planks of wood roam the alleyways extorting money. Houses are made of bits of tin, old doors, the occasional lump of concrete, oil drums and tarpaulin sheets. Sofa carcasses thrown onto rubbish tips in the first world are...
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28
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Pumping Station, Isla Mayor, Seville – for Snobbery

There are many guide books suggesting what you might do when you get to Seville. But they all pretty much agree that you must go both to the Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and then to the Alcázar –...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
25
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Capri Hotel, Changi Airport, Singapore - for Thinking

You’ve been in the air for 12 hours. Now this anonymous box. It was your company’s idea. You’d have a chance to sleep a little, then catch the next 11 hour flight, before heading straight into the conference. You’ve been assigned a room at...
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21
Jul
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How to become an entrepreneur

The modern world is in love with entrepreneurship. Starting your own business holds the same sort of prestigious position as, in previous ages, making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem or spearing multiple enemies in battle. However, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur remains maddeningly...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
07
Jul
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Your desire to be famous – and the problems it will bring you

We don’t always feel comfortable admitting it to our friends; it is embarrassing. But, secretly, the idea of being famous has great appeal. Fame is deeply attractive because it seems to offer very significant benefits. The fantasies go like this: when you are famous, wherever...
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