The Soul from Homer to Heraclitus
As Greek philosophy emerged during the sixth century BCE, so too did a swelling interest in explaining the soul. Eleonora Soteriou discusses the work of Presocratic philosophers who, building upon the earliest Homeric theories, have sought to conceptualise the immaterial.
Intellectual History and Post-Modernism: The Philosophy of History, The Cult of Rationalism and Approaches to Contemporary Political Thought
Written by Georgia Smith. The intriguing relationship between the philosophy and practice of history is in need of much deciphering. In this case, Georgia Smith discerns the effects of the traditional methodology of intellectual history on political thought.
An Analysis of Michel de Montaigne’s ‘On the Cannibals’
Written by Megan Sickmueller. The life and works of Michel de Montaigne are largely remembered for his ‘Essays,’ popularising the literary genre and asserting his own scepticism in the process. Megan Sickmueller discusses one of his more controversial essays – ‘On the Cannibals’ in this article.
Epicurus on pleasure: Epicurus’ views on pleasure and its relation to the good life.
Written by Kavisha Kamalananthan. The philosophy of Epicurus is often overshadowed by his contemporaries or successors, yet his insights into pleasure and the human condition are invaluable. What did he have to say on the ‘good life’? And how has this influenced the history of philosophy?
Key Theories in Environmental Philosophy: Shallow vs Deep Ecology
Written by Kat Jivokova. As the climate crisis becomes ever more imminent and discussions surrounding solutions become more critical, Kat Jivkova discusses the rival philosophical theories that could bring about such change
Redefining Humanity: Political Philosophy in African British Anti-Slavery Literature
Written by Charlie Horlick. Ottobah Cugoano’s writing has been typically framed as a slave narrative, yet it is perhaps more than that. Part political economy, part meditation on morality, it should be integrated into the canon of eighteenth-century philosophy.
Plato – A Totalitarian Advocate?
Written by Nikita Nandanwad. Karl Popper’s interpretation of Plato’s Republic as advocating totalitarianism is today considered overly hostile. But this argument was built from textual evidence, so how should we approach the Republic, and how should we understand Popper in his own historical context?