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Category Archives: Philosophy

Filmosophy season at Filmhouse Edinburgh

Filmosophy is where film meets philosophy. Some films, like philosophy itself, can challenge our preconceived views of ourselves and the world around us. They may provide more questions than answers; … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metaphysics – the problem of Free Will

One of the major sub-fields of philosophy is Metaphysics.  It is difficult to define exactly what metaphysics is; it began as the search for first causes or the study of … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monty Python’s Argument clinic

The boys from Monty Python do it again. In philosophy, an argument isn’t just contradiction, it’s “a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition”. The series of statements … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

John Stuart Mill: the Harm Principle

Mill’s aim The subject of this essay is . . . the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual . . … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Peter Singer on our obligation to alleviate suffering

Karl Marx stated, ‘the philosophers have merely interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it’. Marx’s sentiment is, I think, shared by many; philosophy can be seen to … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Political Philosophy

In 399 BC, when he was over seventy, Socrates was accused before the Athenian assembly of impiety and corrupting the young, and was sentenced to death.  Plato, in his Crito dialogue, presents … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Plato’s Cave and the Cinema

In his Cave Allegory (Republic, c.360 BCE), Plato presents a strikingly visual account of the distinction between knowledge and belief and, in doing so, provides us with what may be … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 5 Comments

Morality and Blindness in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors

Why should we act morally? Why should we ‘do the right thing’ if we could do the wrong thing and get away with it? Imagine a situation where you find … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Examined Life: philosophy in the streets

Astra Taylor’s Examined Life may just appear to be just another philosophy documentary (not that there are nearly enough of them). What I mean by this is that we may be … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 2 Comments


Aesthetics is an area of philosophy sometimes taken to be synonymous with the philosophy of art.  This, however, is a mistake.  Although aesthetics is for the most part concerned with … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy begins with questions and, as such, a good place to start is with this often overlooked question concerning the nature of philosophy itself.  Strangely, for a discipline that places … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Steve Martin does Socrates

Steve Martin is no stranger to philosophy, appearing in such philosophical comedies as All of Me and The Man with Two Brains. Here, we see him take on the role … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · 5 Comments


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