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HISTORY OF IDEAS – Work

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Work

One of the things that’s the most peculiar about life in the developed economies in our own time is the way we look at work and in particular, the way we think that work should be about two things: Making money of course. But also in far more strangely: Finding fulfillment, creativity and meaning. It’s …

Existentialism: Crash Course Philosophy #16

Crash Course Philosophy is brought to you by Squarespace. Squarespace: share your passion with the world. What gives your life meaning? God? Love? Money? Work? Fanfiction? Football? Shopping? Sherlock? You might have your own personal sense of purpose in your life, or maybe you’re hoping this course will help you find one. Or you might …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Capitalism

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Capitalism

Today, pretty much every economy in the world is organized along capitalist lines but at the same time, capitalism is almost everywhere regarded with disappointment, frustration and suspicion. Interestingly, none of the criticisms are new. They’ve been dogging capitalism since its inception. So let’s look back in time to figure out how capitalism got its …

LITERATURE – James Joyce

LITERATURE – James Joyce

James Joyce is one of the most revered writers in the English language and a central figure in the history of the novel he is still hugely important to us because of his devotion to some crucial themes the idea of the grandeur of Ordinary Life his determination to portray what actually goes on through …

Biblical Series I: Introduction to the Idea of God

Biblical Series I: Introduction to the Idea of God

[CLASSICAL MUSIC] [APPLAUSE AND CHEERS] Well, thank you all very much for coming to this. It’s really shocking to me that you don’t have anything better to do on a Tuesday night. [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] No, but seriously, though, it is. I mean, it’s very strange in some sense that there’s so many of you here …

4 Rules for Grad School Reading

4 Rules for Grad School Reading

Hi, I’m Dr. Anadale, and today I want to talk briefly about a blog post by Dr. Miriam Sweeney, titled “How to Read for Grad School,” in which Dr. Sweeney gives four pieces of important advice for reading academic texts. I think they’ll be beneficial to my students as well. Her first piece of advice …

Dan Dennett: Responding to Pastor Rick Warren

Dan Dennett: Responding to Pastor Rick Warren

It’s wonderful to be back. I love this wonderful gathering. And you must be wondering, “What on earth? Have they put up the wrong slide?” No, no. Look at this magnificent beast, and ask the question: Who designed it? This is TED; this is Technology, Entertainment, Design, and there’s a dairy cow. It’s a quite …

POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Modern life is deeply attracted to the idea of progress in the 18th century as European societies became ever richer and more technological, the conventional view was that mankind was firmly set on a positive trajectory from savagery and ignorance toward prosperity and civilization. But there was at least one eighteen century philosopher who violently …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Religion

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Religion

For most of history, religion has been a central focus of human concerns. But now in large parts of the developed world, it’s become a side show or even an irrelevance. Because its been declared untrue by the most powerful force of our age: Science But debating whether religion is true or not may not …