The Book of Life

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A new book is out. It’ll take years to write and exist only online. It’s called The Book of Life because it’s about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, your anxieties.

The Philosophers’ Mail is Dead

Why We Need a Digital Sabbath – a Film

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A year ago we asked ourselves a question: could philosophers write the news? The experiment is complete. The team behind the Philosophers’ Mail is now putting its efforts into a new venture.

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The news is the best distraction ever invented. But, if we pay too much attention to it, we'll never have the time to daydream, unpack our anxieties and have a conversation with our deeper selves.

What is Philosophy for? A Film

Art saves Chinese shoeshine boy from life as a statistic

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From a distance, philosophy seems weird, irrelevant, boring – and yet also just a little intriguing. But what are philosophers really for? The answer is helpfully already contained in the word 'philosophy'.

Poor single father's struggle to bring up his young son, Wenzhou, China - Feb 2013

Yuan Zhouming makes a meagre living polishing people's shoes twelve hours a day on the streets of Wenzhou, a large city in south-east China.

What is History for?

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If you had the misfortune to do too much, or the wrong kind of it at school, you’ll probably remember one thing about history: how dull it can sometimes be.

What is Philosophy – and what’s it for?

Photographer unlocks roots of human sympathy

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People are understandably confused about what philosophy is. From a distance, it seems weird, irrelevant, boring and yet also - just a little - intriguing. But it’s hard to put a finger on what the interest really is.

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Media organisations want us to care about the bad stuff that is happening out there - and the best way they feel they can do this is to tell us about the gore, the bombs, the landslides, the murders and the calamities.

Russell Brand returns to the Philosophers’ Mail

Russell Brand meets Philosophers’ Mail to discuss the News

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Further discussion, this time about Nietzsche and Prince Harry's sex drive.

Question Time

How do the media scare us? Russell Brand's The Trews with the Philosophers' Mail.

How economic news keeps us dumb and stops us changing the world

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In their more serious moods, news organisations tell us they want to explain the world to us. And that often means talking about money.

Eating seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day will kill you

The Philosophers’ Guide to Calm, part 3

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While most of its energy is devoted to briefing us about the gruesome ways in which various people have recently blown up or bled to death in a brutal stabbing, in the area known as 'health news'.

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Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement.

The Philosophers’ Guide to Calm, Part 2

The Philosophers’ Guide to Calm, Part 1

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Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement.

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Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement.

‘Mean news’ into ‘nice news’: Meg Ryan’s face

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FROM MEAN TO NICE At The Philosophers’ Mail, we scour the world’s media to pick out stories that are mean and then endeavour to turn

‘Mean news’ into ‘Nice News’: The case of Tony Abbott

Boring photos kill Obama

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FROM MEAN TO NICE At The Philosophers’ Mail, we scour the world’s media to pick out stories that are mean and then endeavour to turn

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A great many photos in the news are very boring. We almost don’t notice how boring they are, we are so used to them. This

Why news needs to learn to be nicer

‘Mean news’ into ‘Nice news’: John Travolta’s hair

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Nastiness is currently deeply prestigious in the world of news. An interviewer who makes a politician look stupid and mean is on track to become

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FROM MEAN TO NICE At The Philosophers’ Mail, we scour the world’s media to pick out stories that are mean and then endeavour to turn

Feeling like a sinner is a great way not to become an idiot

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Modern society often tells us that we should learn to feel good about ourselves. Low self-esteem is out.

Why isn’t the news more cheerful?

Psychotherapy for Vladimir Putin

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Earthquakes, cyclones, war, malnutrition, disease, crime, poverty, sexual abuse. It often seems as if it's not really news unless and until it's very grim. News is the disturbing, tragic, appalling stuff.

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Typically, we hear the suggestion that someone needs psychotherapy as implying that they are seriously disturbed or traumatised.

Urgent breaking news from Athens

A colourful seductive church in southern Germany offers the Guardian a lesson

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What is news? A standard definition might go: 'news' is something that people don't know about, that matters a lot - and that has happened just now.

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The church of the fourteen helpers, in Bavaria, was built about two hundred and fifty years ago. But - strange as it might sound - the ideas that led to its construction are more important than ever.

Kiev is in flames and I don’t care

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Ukraine is sliding into anarchy. The President, Viktor Yanukovych, was planning to build closer ties with the European Union.

New scandal at the BBC: News found not to be biased enough

Important news: Anne Hathaway takes her chocolate labrador Esmeralda for a walk

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A new scandal at the BBC has come to light. It isn't to do with abuse of staff, swollen salaries or sloppy editorial standards. It seems that for years, the BBC has attempted to put out news without any bias attached.

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We’ve grown up expecting that the task of the news is to introduce us to important information which we will need to lead our lives

Why we don’t allow comments

Not as much news as previously thought

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The ability to post comments at the end of on-line news stories has revealed something unusual about our fellow citizens.

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It feels like there is always an infinite amount of news, so much is happening in the world every day. A newspaper could be 1,000 pages long and hardly scratch the surface.

Swift’s legs beat arctic melt

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The arctic ice is melting. A few people care a lot but, strangely and shamefully, Taylor Swift’s legs are far more captivating.

Who we are and what do we want?

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The Philosophers' Mail is a new news organisation, with bureaux in London, Amsterdam and Melbourne, run and staffed entirely by philosophers.

The School of Life

Ten Virtues For The Modern Age