PLATO ON: The Forms

Asking one’s self and others what the perfect version of something is the ideal version might sound like a strange idea What is the perfect marriage? or career? or system of government? or school? It can feel immature and naïve to bother much with such questions they’re just daydreams. After all: who cares about ideal versions? we might as well…

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POP CULTURE: What Is Cinema For?

Cinema is the most prestigious cultural activity in the modern world. It is for us what theater was in the age of Shakespeare, or painting was in the days of Leonardo DaVinci. The art form with the biggest impact, the largest budgets, and the most widespread audiences. Collectively, we recognize that film has an astonishing power to induce emotion. But…

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What is Literature for?

We have a general sense that these sort of places are filled with things that are deeply important, but what exactly is literature good for? Why should we spend our time reading novels or poems when out there, big things are going on. Let’s have a think about some of the ways literature benefits us.. Of course, it looks like…

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SOCIOLOGY – Max Weber

Max Weber is one of the philosophers best able to explain to us the peculiar economic system we live within called capitalism. Born Erfurt in Germany in 1864, Weber grew up to see his country convulsed by the dramatic changes of the Industrial Revolution. Cities were exploding in size. Vast companies were forming. A new managerial elite was replacing the…

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Alain de Botton on Love

so I wonder if anyone here is happily married anyone here happily married unbelievable I mean it truly is unbelievable when looked at in the context of world history because the notion that we would be not only married but happily married is only roughly dates back to around the middle of the 18th century until then you tolerated your…

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Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

There are 196 countries in the world. 25 of them are very rich, defined as having an average wealth per person of over $100,000 a year. They are: But far more countries are quite poor, and some – which we’re considering here – are very very poor. These are the 20 poorest countries in the world: where the per capital…

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The Seven Deadly Sins

Christianity has, traditionally, spoken a lot about sinners. In the fourth century, the Church identified ‘seven deadly sins’: failings of character that were to be particularly condemned and avoided by all righteous people. They were; Pride (being snobbish and boastful) Envy, Wrath (getting very angry), Gluttony (eating too much), Lust (wanting to sleep around), Sloth (being lazy) and finally Greed.…

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How to Cope With an Avoidant Partner

هناك ، بالنسبة للكثيرين منا ، عدد قليل من الناس جذابون بقدر المتجنّبين. هؤلاء بشكل دائم غامضون بعض الشيء, لا يتكلمونكثير؛ و لا يعرف الواحد تماما أين مكانه معهم. الذيين في أَعيُنِهم هناك نظرة بعيدة ،وربما بعض الكآبة أيضا . الذين في قلوبهم نستشعر الحزن الذي نتوق إليه ، ولكنلا يمكننا ابدا أن نلمسه (الحزن). الناس الذين يبدون و كانهم…

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