What makes something funny? This essay reviews some theories of what it is for something to be funny.
Category: Art & Aesthetics
Videogames and Philosophy
An introduction to the philosophy of videogames: ethical, aesthetic and metaphysical issues about video games.
What is Philosophy?
What is philosophy? The question is itself a philosophical question. This essay surveys some answers. #philosophy #whatisphilosophy #definingphilosophy
Wu-Wei: Acting without Desire
Author: Henrique Schneider Categories: Chinese Philosophy, Historical Philosophy Word Count: 997 Wu-wei (無爲, wúwéi) is a central concept in early Chinese philosophy. However, different schools of thought conceptualized the notion differently, so it is difficult to briefly capture its multiple senses and uses. Our focus here will be on one sense of wu-wei in the … Continue reading Wu-Wei: Acting without Desire
Definitions of Art
Author: Brock Rough Category: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Word Count: 1000 In 1964, Andy Warhol exhibited reproductions of Brillo Boxes, visually indistinguishable from commercially available ones. What made the ones in the gallery art but not the ones in the supermarket? This sent Arthur Danto on a famous exploration of the difference between art … Continue reading Definitions of Art
Aesthetics vs. Art
Author: Brock Rough Category: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Word Count: 1000 1. The Distinction While some people take the field of aesthetics, broadly construed, to include the philosophy of art, it is instructive to examine whether and where the two notions diverge. Recognizing the distinction between the appropriate scopes of these concepts is important because there … Continue reading Aesthetics vs. Art