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Is the task of philosophy "to learn how to die," or to teach that there is no such thing as a good death?

Thomas Hobbes sensed the revolutionary impulses of early modern Europe and transformed them into a defense of the most hidebound form of rule.

Philosopher Alva Noë talks about the brain, consciousness and animal rights.

In our imperfect world, only the lucky few have access to wealth and cultural riches. There is a better way: it's called The Commons.

We get it. He's pragmatic. But what does that mean--politically and philosophically?

Suddenly, Obama's making a pretty good case for why Americans should once again care for one another.

Following the quirky, revolutionary life path of one of the most celebrated twentieth-century intellectuals.

Just as Moby-Dick was too much for Ahab, our new century may be too difficult for us to comprehend.

Two authors posit very different views on the problem of religious conflict in a supposedly secular age.

Two writers explore the perversion of our collective imagination and the ways that science and myth shape our understanding of spirituality.