Articles in philosophy
The author of the popular-science hit Sapiens returns with a book that looks not to humanity’s distant past but rather to its immediate future.
Reiner Stach’s masterful, epic biography of Kafka is finally complete. Never has the man been less mysterious, but can it illuminate the confounding, beguiling mystery of his writing?
If who we are includes the multitudes of microscopic organisms that we house and feed, which in turn help regulate our immunity and sculpt our destinies, then what constitutes the individual?
An old book by a monk may be the best thing ever written about the practice of thinking. Robert Minto revisits The Intellectual Life.
John Kaag’s memoir of personal engagement with American philosophy demonstrates its ongoing vitality. Kenyon Gradert reviews.
Stuart Jeffries has written the first truly accessible account of the Frankfurt School. Robert Minto reviews.
What exactly is a philosopher? As it turns out, that question may have more than one answer. Robert Minto shares the exciting results of Justin Smith’s new history.
It has three hearts, eight tentacles, and a brain of startling and utterly alien complexity – it’s the octopus, and a heartfelt book takes readers inside the cephalopod world.
In an entertaining new study of Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir and company, the existentialist movement becomes a personality-driven piece of public performance.
A sweeping new overview of the sciences has big ambitions – and some odd sticking points
Before he was a famous and controversial philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche was a young professor with a bone to pick. Robert Minto discusses his critique of higher education.
Years after the “New Atheism” heyday, a new book by an old hand takes up the atheist cause with renewed urgency.
A polite conversation by two intellectuals about an explosive subject: the rise of militant Islamic groups throughout the world, and the world’s response
A spirited defense of humanist intangibles in a culture obsessed with material gain
For the better part of a century, Voltaire waged a sometimes solitary battle against the iniquities of organized religion. A great new book brings together fresh translations of some of the philosopher’s most biting works.
The “ecologies of attention and action” form the dynamic heart of philosopher Matthew Crawford’s new book. Robert Minto reviews.
He shaped the morals and manners of a vast country and put an indelible stamp on the world’s thinking, but he himself couldn’t get the job he wanted. Robert Minto reviews a new history of Confucianism.
A sumptuous new Library of America volume contains a rich sampling of the work of Reinhold Niebuhr – whom reviewer Robert Minto refers to as “the premiere establishment theologian of the 20th century.”
American senator, author, and statesman Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s complex and constantly-evolving political philosophy is the subject of a pointed new book
Plato might be Western philosophy’s first great writer, but a new book argues we’ve mostly been reading him wrong.
In Jo Walton’s latest novel, the “just city” of Plato’s Republic is brought to life via Greek gods, robots, and a little discreet time travel
Sartre the man takes a distant back seat to Sartre the thinker in Thomas Flynn’s new intellectual biography
For millennia, the mighty tales in the epics of Homer have challenged and enthralled the world; a thought-provoking new book seeks to understand why.
What place do deep questions about the meaning of life have in our technological age? Is philosophy more important than ever?
Sam Harris, one of the “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheist movement, has written a book about how to live a spiritual life without religion. But does this anti-preacher book come off a bit preachy? Maybe even, awkwardly enough, dogmatic?
In the discipline of philosophy, “Aristotelian” evokes not just a school of thought but an entire world. “Ethics After Aristotle” traces the history and impact of the most influential thought-tradition of them all.