Philosophy & History

Philosophy & History

Why Prostitution Should be Legal As in Ancient Greece

A battle has been raging for 20 years between the Swedish model, which penalizes prostitution, and the Dutch model, which seeks to make sex work safe through regulation. If history has anything to teach us in this modern debate it’s that prohibitionist models will always be ineffective.

Philosophy & History

Is Democracy Broken? What Plato Would Have Said About Trump and Brexit

First Brexit, then Trump. 2016 was not a good year for modern Western democracies. In 2018, the consequences of these votes seem worse than many pessimists anticipated. So what might Plato, a notoriously harsh critic of democracy, have said about all of this?

Philosophy & History

What the Graffiti of Ancient Pompeii Teach Us About Our Modern Selves

Writing “I was here” is one of the most basic forms of self-expression. With a history that goes back several thousand years, graffiti-writing teaches us a great deal about our own habits of self-display.

Philosophy & History

History as a Poetess: Stefan Zweig on Biography, History and Politics (1943)

In 1939, Stefan Zweig prepared a lecture on history for the PEN Congress in Stockholm, but the event got cancelled. Published shortly after Zweig’s and his wife Charlotte Altmann’s suicide in 1942, Zweig’s essay is evidence of an attempt to spread optimism in bleak times. An excerpt.

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