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[Starting Points] Animals Welfare and Animal Rights: What’s the Difference?

I’ll outline the main features of animal welfare and animal rights arguments. At the end, I’ll mention some dissenting voices from both of these strands.

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[Starting Points] Do We Have Free Will?

The position that I have free will seems untenable for anyone less mighty than God. The position that I don’t have free will seems so far from being right that it isn’t even wrong.

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[Starting Points] How to find meaning in life… and whether you should

Should we identify what gives meaning to our lives and pursue that? Or should we try to wean ourselves from the felt need for meaning?

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[Starting Points] Philosophy and Death: Epicurean Answers

Is death a misfortune at all? The Greek philosopher Epicurus thought not. Death can’t be bad for you, he argued, because you don’t experience its badness.

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[Starting Points] (What) Can We Learn from Literature?

How can you learn anything from a book full of events that, by the author’s own admission, are completely made up?

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[Starting Points] Zhuangzi and the Parable of the Monkeys

A lively philosophical personality shines through the text. Zhuangzi has the serene vision of a mystic and the lively wit of an inveterate jokester.

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[Starting Points] Socrates and Oedipus: Parallel Lives

Both Socrates and Oedipus receive oracular answers that tell them who they are, and these obscure answers launch them on a quest of self-understanding.

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[Starting Points] Aristotle on the Greatest Human Good

Suppose you could remove all the obstacles to a free and happy life: what would you do then? This is the question Aristotle wants to focus us on.

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