The legendary computer engineer Howard H. Aitken once
advised, “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas.
If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down
Successful optimists understand that the beginning of many
endeavours involves being told you’re mad, bad...
Increasingly we’re living and working by ourselves. How
should we prepare for the pleasures and pains of our greater
solitariness? The lone figures in the paintings by the 19th
Century Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi seem uncertain.
Does the solitary man or woman yearn for...
The Virtues Project comes as a response to the wave of
discussion and feedback that followed the publication of my
book, Religion for Atheists, and a growing sense that being
virtuous has become a strange and depressing notion, while
wickedness and evil bask in a...
I suspect that something has become skewed in the way we
think about love. You feel it keenly on Valentine's Day. It
is not the sentimentality, though it can be sugar-sweet. It
is not the commercialization, though it is annoying when
roses double in...
I am often asked to denounce religion. At about a third of
the public talks I give, someone will suggest that the root
cause of most of our problems is irrational religious belief
– and will invite me to agree with them. My...
When meeting new people I often get asked what I do.
‘Philosophy?’, people sometimes say in
response, ‘it sounds very interesting but what do you do
with it?’. In some circles, philosophy is seen
as impractical, abstract, even useless. I think that the
Since The School of Life launched in London back in 2008,
we’ve had strong support from Australia, and we continue
to be amazed by the number of Australians who engage with
our community online and visit us when in the UK on their
According to a well-publicised but distinctly
pseudo-scientific equation the third Monday of January is
“the most depressing day of the year”. Certainly January
is not the cheeriest month, but compared to a mild dose of
the post-Christmas blues depression is complex, extremely
common and all...
The expression ‘office politics’ has got a bad name. We
think of them as something undesirable, unwholesome, toxic.
In my book they are far from bad, just an inevitable part of
professional life. They must be embraced with as much
humour, self-conscious deliberation and...
I once had the lucky opportunity to observe two rival firms
trying to do the same thing; namely working out how to
integrate a particular enhancement made possible by new
technology into their (competing) products.
Both companies set up engineering teams. Both failed.
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