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Mar
Caspar

Wondering About Wonder

Early in the morning one day in spring I had one of those small but extraordinary experiences that is hard to forget. I came downstairs with my young daughter to find a brilliant pool of light on our kitchen ceiling. At first we just couldn't...
Posted by Caspar Henderson
21
Mar
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The Philosophers' Guide to Calm, Part 3

Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Mar
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The Philosophers' Guide to Calm, Part 2

Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Mar
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The Philosophers' Guide to Calm, Part 1

Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
29
Jan
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The Philosophers' Mail

The School of Life is proud to announce its latest venture, a new media outlet we've called The Philosophers' Mail: www.thephilosophersmail.com. This daily online news source is committed to bringing you the latest, biggest stories, as interpreted by a team of our in-house philosophers...
Posted by The School of Life
05
Sep
GOYAThe Third of May Kelly Grovier

How to Steal a Work of Art

What do we want from art? A couple of weeks ago I was in Madrid with my wife, visiting the city for the first time. Like all committed culture vultures, we were determined to tackle as many museums and galleries as we possibly...
Posted by Kelly Grovier
14
Mar
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Do not long for immortality, but perhaps contemplate eternity

It can come as something of a surprise to learn that western religions are not much interested in immortality. Take ancient Judaism, the Judaism of the Hebrew Bible. Immortality is hardly mentioned. Humans are said to go to ‘sheol’, a shadowy subterranean abode, or...
Posted by Mark Vernon
04
Mar
Stephen Caves Guide to the Time of Your Life

Stephen Cave's Guide to the Time of Your Life

One of the greatest preoccupations of humanity is how to resist our mortality. But does our fantasy of living forever in fact stop us living fully? Author of Immortality Stephen Cave thinks so. Here he explores our desire to outwit death, and gives us...
Posted by Stephen Cave's
09
Jan
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Jules Evans on Havi Carel

Havi Carel had everything going for her. At 35, she had recently met the love of her life, she’d just brought out her first book, and she was about to start her dream job, teaching philosophy at the University of West England, in Bristol...
Posted by Jules Evans
17
Dec
James Attlee Moonlight

The Power of Moonlight

For those of us who live in an urban setting, moonlight, starlight and darkness itself are increasingly rare commodities. What do we lose by living in a man-built environment of perpetual day? This excerpt reveals the powerful psychological effect the night sky can have...
Posted by James Attlee
20
Nov
John OConnell Blog

John O'Connell on resurrecting the pleasure of the well-written letter.

It’s a sad truth that few of us, nowadays, write letters. Indeed, it’s tempting to think of handwritten letters as having been superseded by email in the same way that vinyl records were supplanted by CDs. The problem with this tidy progress narrative is...
Posted by John O' Connell

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