Oct 062005

The Stone

A forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. The series moderator is Simon Critchley, who teaches philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York.

A commonplace modern ritual gave me a deeper connection to today’s Athenians.
The toxic disinformation of social media has rendered traditional forms of humor quaint and futile.
What is it like to be a monk? I spent three days in Greece’s revered ‘Holy Mountain’ monastery to find out.
The attempt to exclude trans women from the ranks of women reinforces the dangerous idea that there is a right way to be female.
Perfect. All-powerful. All-knowing. The idea of the deity most Westerners accept is actually not coherent.
Do I need to explain to my son that a bot will never have his back?
At the site of the Agora, the ancient city’s public square, I visit the ruins of the house of Simon the Cobbler. He also pretended to be a philosopher.
Should we continue to teach thinkers like Kant, Voltaire and Hume without mention of the harmful prejudices they helped legitimize?
Speaking about the ancient city’s most secret and sacred ritual was punishable by death. We go in search of the truth.
The heart of spiritual life can not be found in nirvana or heaven, but in the mutual recognition that this life is our ultimate purpose.
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