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Philosophy

Self Help Gurus; Or Modern Sophists

Nowadays, mindfulness, spirituality and self-help have become staple subjects in literature and on many websites like YouTube, Instagram or TikTok. People watch endless hours of self-help gurus who promise the secret remedy to your existential crisis. They give you tips and tricks to make money, succeed your business and to become a happy person. The […]

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Philosophy

The Matrix is Here

Recently the new Matrix film came out and even though it is an enormous flop, it does make me return to the philosophy of the original film. What could 20 years ago be seen as dystopic make-believe is beginning to become reality, or rather virtual reality. Mark Zuckerberg announced the Metaverse a couple of months […]

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Book Reviews

My Favorite Books of 2021

2021 is coming to a close and as it goes when the year ends, most people do an overview of what the best things in their year were. I have already talked about going deeper into history in a previous post, but here I want to share the best books that I have read in […]

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Philosophy

A Year of History

The year is coming at an end. It seems as if the corona pandemic has been going around for ages now. That’s why I have a double feeling about this year. It went by immensely fast, but it also couldn’t have ended sooner. At the end of the year, it is always the custom of […]

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Philosophy

Are We Too Comfortable?

When we ask someone if he would like to be uncomfortable and he would answer yes, we would probably raise an eyebrow. Except for David Goggins, no one in their right mind would want to be uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable gives us stress, anxiety, and all other kinds of negative emotions. And why in the world […]

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Philosophy

What is Love?

Is there a subject more discussed but less understood than love? What exactly love is has as many definitions as there are people. Philosophers have tried for millennia to understand what love is. The Symposium of Plato famously presents multiple interpretations of love. Aristophanes tells the story of how love is the desire to join […]

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Philosophy

What Makes a Good Person

The question of how to become a good person has as many answers as there are people in the world. There aren’t a lot of people who wouldn’t want to be a good person. But it is also the case (at least in my experience) that most people don’t regard themselves as a good person. […]

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Philosophy

Why Study Philosophy?

It’s one of those questions someone who studies philosophy gets quite a lot. You’re sitting at a family dinner table and a distant relative asks you the question: “So, what do you do?” You answer: “Philosophy.” They stop to think for a small moment and then ask you what in the world you can do […]

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Discussions

Does AI Deserve Human Rights?

Artificial Intelligence has been going through unparalleled progress during recent years. Many intellectuals like Elon Musk for example, believe that AI will at one point surpass human intelligence. What is meant by intelligence is already a problematic concept but it might be fun to think about the implications it would have if AI really achieved […]

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Philosophy

Erich Fromm on Sadism

Sadism is one of those aspects of humans which is quite hard to fathom in my opinion. The fact we can actually love hurting other people and enjoy it. I have made a post about cruelty in Nietzsche and Schopenhauer’s philosophy, but there are many other intellectuals who have taken the topic of sadism and […]