The Art of Living – Stanford Humanities

“In The Art of Living, a first-year Introduction to the Humanities course, three humanities professors examine great works of philosophy and literature to explore what it might take to lead a well-lived life.” — Stanford Humanities

1. Introduction to The Art of Living
2. Visions of Love
3. It is Not Hard at All to Challenge Socrates
4. A Life of Reason? Socrates vs. Alcibiades
5. Your Worm is the Only Emperor for Diet
6. Hamlet: Knight of Resignation
7. For Hecuba! What’s Hecuba to him or he to Hecuba that he should weep for her?…The play’s the thing.
8. Roundtable Discussion: Shakespeare
9. Abraham is the Knight of Faith: Faith versus Love, Morals, and Reason Itself
10. Was it So Easy a Matter Not to be Mistaken?
11. Abraham is the Knight of Faith: On Roles of Reason and Faith
12. What One Should Learn from Artists
13. Recurrence and Redemption or Why Science is Just as Necessary as Art
14. Morality Strikes Back
15. The Narrative Construction of the Self
16. The Flight of Self
17. It’s not about you living longer. It’s about how you live and why.


Section from a Quran Manuscript, 18th century Morocco or Tunisia. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. | via | Click image for larger view.
Section from a Quran Manuscript, 18th century Morocco or Tunisia. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. | via | Click image for larger view.

“it is as difficult to present a fixed image of a character as of societies and passions. For a character alters no less than they do, and if one tries to take a snapshot of what is relatively immutable in it, one finds it presenting a succession of different aspects … to the disconcerted lens” (Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time: The Captive, 373).

Simon May on Love

Plato and Aristotle, a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael.

Do all the various kinds of love have anything in common? Does it matter? Simon May thinks they do and that it does. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he examines the experience of love and gives his own analysis.

Listen to Simon May on Love

Listen to a previous Philosophy Bites interview: Angie Hobbs on Plato on Erotic Love

Listen to another Philosophy Bites interview on Love: Jerry Levinson on Music and Eros

via Philosophy Bites, made in assocation with the Institute of Philosophy

Philosopher Simon May discusses love and the western cultural tradition on Australia’s ABC Radio:

Free Nietzsche Virtual Issue

The European Journal of Philosophy is delighted to bring you this Virtual Issue on the theme of Nietzsche. Please click on the articles below to read for free, along with the introduction by Robert Pippin from the University of Chicago.

via The Philosopher’s Eye

Introduction, Robert Pippin

Section One: Nietzsche and First Philosophy
Nietzsche’s Positivism, Nadeem J.Z. Hussein
Nietzsche’s Post-Positivism, Maudmarie Clark and David Dudrick
Nietzsche on Truth Illusion and Redemption, R. Lanier Anderson
Nietzsche’s Theory of Mind, Paul Katsafanas
Nietzsche and Amor Fati, Beatrice Han-Pile
Nietzsche’s Metaethics, Brian Leiter

Section Two: Nietzsche and the Philosophical Tradition
Nietzsche’s Critiques: The Kantian Foundations of His Thought, R. Kevin Hill
Nietzsche and the Transcendental Tradition, Tsarina Doyle
Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Death and Salvation, Julian Young
Nietzsche’s Illustration of the Art of Exegesis, Christopher Janaway

Section Three: Genealogy and Morality
Nietzsche, Revaluation and the Turn to Genealogy, David Owen
Nietzsche and Genealogy, Raymond Geuss
Nietzsche and Morality, Raymond Geuss
Nietzsche’s Minimalist Moral Psychology, Bernard Williams
The Second Treatise in the Genealogy of Morals: Nietzsche on the Origin of Bad Conscience, Mathias Risse
Nietzsche on Freedom, Robert Guay

Section Four: Nietzsche and Art
Nietzsche’s Metaphysics in The Birth of Tragedy, Beatrice Han-Pile
Nietzsche on Art and Freedom, Aaron Ridley
The Genealogy of Aesthetics, Dabney Townsend

Beauty – a conversation with Alexander Nehamas

zakaat-e husn de ay jalvah-e biinish kih mihr-aasaa
chiraaG-e khaanah-e darvesh ho kaasah gadaaii kaa

give alms of beauty, oh radiance of sight, so that like the sun
a begging bowl may be the lamp of the Darvesh’s house

A conversation between Joshua Landy, Stanford Professor of French, and Alexander Nehamas, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton, about beauty. Tuesday, February 15, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 2011

Download: Part 1 | Part 2

See other works of Alexander Nehamas.

“Alexander Nehamas received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1971 and joined the faculty of the philosophy department at Princeton in 1990. He is also Professor of the Humanities and of Comparative Literature. His interests include Greek philosophy, philosophy of art, European philosophy and literary theory. His books include The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault (2000) and Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art (2010).”

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Books vs Bombs? – Nosheen Ali

“…it is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book—what everyone else does not say in a book.” Twilight of the Idols, “Skirmishes Of An Untimely Man” sec. 51, in Kaufmann’s The Portable Nietzsche, pp. 555-56.

“It seems that he is a mountaineer & likes to travel.” Dr. Aftab Khan

Mortenson needs to recognize this humane perspective.

Books vs Bombs? Humanitarian development and the narrative of terror in Northern Pakistan

Articles by Nosheen Ali at The Express Tribune

Twitter: @nosheenali

The View from Nowhere – Thomas Nagel

This book is about a single problem: how to combine the perspective of a particular person inside the world with an objective view of that same world, the person and his viewpoint included. It is a problem that faces every creature with the impulse and the capacity to transcend its particular point of view and to conceive the world as a whole. –Thomas Nagel

Thomas Nagel (born July 4, 1937 in Belgrade, in present-day Serbia) is an American philosopher, currently University Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he has taught since 1980. His main areas of philosophical interest are philosophy of mind, political philosophy and ethics. He is well-known for his critique of reductionist accounts of the mind in his essay “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” (1974), and for his contributions to deontological and liberal moral and political theory in The Possibility of Altruism (1970) and subsequent writings. –Wikipedia