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    Why Did a Billionaire Give $75 Million to a Philosophy Department?

    Philosophy matters. The new challenges of the genomics revolution, the rise of AI, the growth in inequality, societal fragmentation, and our capacity for devastating war all invite philosophical perspective.Painting by Otto Scholderer / Wikicommons Last week, for the first time in recent memory, a news story in this troubling period had me, a bachelor of […]

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    Why We Had to Change the Meaning of Nothing

    Nothing” isn’t what it used to be. It used to be something self-evident: the opposite, or the absence, of something. We still use the word this way colloquially, of course. When I’m asked, on the sidewalk, if I can spare some change or a dollar, I say, if I have neither, “Sorry, I got nothing.” […]

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    Why Christopher Hitchens Was a Hero to Scientists

    The writer had a reverence for science and philosophy, and a conviction that both should be the basis of personal belief and ethics in society.