Philosophy & Religion

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  • 4 May 2023
    Arthur Jan Keefer

    The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Wisdom Literature

    Scholars of the ancient world are, I think, often satisfied with their antique interests. They study texts and inscriptions, languages, peoples, and entire civilizations, many of which are otherwise extinct and all of which existed in ages past, and they do so with the feeling that such exploration is worthwhile. Who needs “application” when we […]

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  • 12 Apr 2023
    Monika Amsler

    The Babylonian Talmud and Late Antique Book Culture

    Have you ever wondered how ancient data management worked? How ancient authors of books that we would term encyclopedic managed their data, for example? Truth is, we don’t know. No ancient author bothered to explain their data management for posterity. Since ancient authors are otherwise quite boastful about even minor innovations, it seems that the […]

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  • 9 Mar 2023
    Alexander J. B. Hampton

    Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi and the Ends of the Enlightenment

    Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743–1819) held a position of unparalleled importance in the so-called “golden age” of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century European intellectual history. As a public intellectual Jacobi had the conspicuous ability to place himself at the centre of a period of intellectual revolution. He was deeply involved in the events of his era […]

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  • 30 Jan 2023
    Daniel Altshuler

    Linguistics meets Philosophy

    All scientific fields were born from philosophy. And most were born a long time ago. So long ago that conversations between the philosophic ‘parent’ and the scientific ‘child’ are currently non-existent. For example, it’s rare to see collaborative research that involves a physicist and a metaphysician, and you won’t find a philosopher at a chemistry or […]

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  • 16 Jan 2023
    Matthew Pawlak

    Is There Sarcasm in the Bible?

    I get this question a lot—usually just after I tell people that I’ve written a book on sarcasm in the Bible. So, to answer this question for all time: yes, there is sarcasm in the Bible. If there wasn’t, Sarcasm in Paul’s Letters would be a very short, very weird book. I’ve counted over 75 […]

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  • 10 Jan 2023
    Catia Faria

    Wild animals suffer, too. Should we help them?

    The amount of animal suffering in the world is overwhelming. Luckily, there are effective ways to help. For instance, by transitioning to a plant-based diet, you can save on average 30 animals a month, 365 animals a year, and thousands of animals during your lifetime. To reduce animal suffering, it is crucial to stop doing […]

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  • 27 Dec 2022
    Stephen Duckett

    A moral basis for healthcare funding

    Unfortunately economics has a bad reputation. Its policy prescriptions are often seen as unfair, and its methods based on a world of fanciful assumptions. In its application in the public sector, it is often seen as being entirely focused on cost-cutting, not only trimming fat, but bone too. It is devoid of all humanity, treating […]

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  • 22 Dec 2022
    Peter N. Jordan

    Science, Religion, and Explanation

    Human beings are explanation-seeking creatures. When something happens in our lives or in the world around us, we long for a satisfying understanding of it. That sense of satisfaction usually only emerges when we have figured out the causes responsible for whatever happened, and we have understood the meaning (if one exists) of what took […]

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