Escaping the Two Foes of Happiness

Not many people looked to Arthur Schopenhauer in his lifetime, but his thinking about human nature has deeply influenced a long list of subsequent writers and philosophers. He was one of the first major Western…

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The Two Types of Knowledge

Although the paper that introduced the theory of evolution to the world was published in 1858, Charles Darwin first conceived of the idea in 1838. He had spent five years on the HMS Beagle as…

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The Relation Between Identity and Violence

There is no good label to describe Jiddu Krishnamurti, and that’s perhaps how it should be. In his early life, he was groomed by the Theosophical Society (a religious movement) to become what they called…

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You Are Not Who You Say You Are

I sometimes wonder what Ernest Hemingway was like. Not Hemingway the novelist, nor Hemingway the adventurer, but Hemingway the man — the Hemingway that lived, embodied in flesh and blood, who said ordinary things and who,…

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Making a Dent in the Universe

Peter Thiel is many things, but what he is not is an adherent of the status quo. To most people, his fame is either associated with his wealth (he’s a venture capitalist) or with his politics (he…

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David Hume: Balanced Skepticism

If you judged David Hume the man by his philosophy, you may judge him as disagreeable. He was a Scottish philosopher who epitomized what it means to be skeptical – to doubt both authority and…

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It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Think

Late historians Will and Ariel Durant spent four decades of their lives studying, compiling, and writing the history of Western civilization. The product of their efforts, The Complete Story of Civilization, went on to span several million words across more than 8,800 pages divided into…

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The Best Things in Life Are Byproducts

Thales of Miletus, considered the first true philosopher in ancient Greece, lived a simple life. We know him today for his application of early scientific principles to the study of nature. In a way, he…

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On Being Kind to People You Dislike

Imagine a world devoid of hope — a world with an end in sight; not an end that compensates by carving an edge of meaning into the story but an end that is brutal and destructive and…

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The Right Kind of Relationship

Martin Buber was nominated for the Nobel Prize 17 times: 10 for Literature; 7 for Peace. He is primarily known for his work on the philosophy of dialogue, which deals with the complexity of relationships:…

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