Hanlon’s Razor: Why You Shouldn’t Start By Assuming the Worst

  Hanlon’s razor is the adage that you should “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Essentially, this means that when someone does something that affects you in a negative way, you should avoid assuming that they acted out of an intentional desire to cause harm, as long as there is … Read moreHanlon’s Razor: Why You Shouldn’t Start By Assuming the Worst

The Principle of Charity: on the Importance of Using Constructive Arguments

  Simply put, the principle of charity is the idea that when criticizing someone’s argument, you should criticize the best possible interpretation of that argument. In the following article you will learn about this principle more in depth, and see some helpful guidelines for implementing it in practice.   What is the principle of charity … Read moreThe Principle of Charity: on the Importance of Using Constructive Arguments

Lessons in Strategy from Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’

  Niccolò Machiavelli was an eminent philosopher and diplomat in the Florentine Republic, between the late 1400’s and the early 1500’s. His renowned writing on strategy and politics led to the creation of the term Machiavellianism, which refers to the use of cunning and duplicity in statecraft and in general conduct. Furthermore, because of his … Read moreLessons in Strategy from Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’

Practical Lessons in Stoic Philosophy from Marcus Aurelius

  Marcus Aurelius was an eminent Roman emperor and one of the most influential writers on the topic of Stoicism, which is a philosophy that revolves around living your life without letting yourself be ruled by negative emotions. Aurelius’ writing on Stoicism is best represented in Meditations, a book which is frequently mentioned as one of … Read morePractical Lessons in Stoic Philosophy from Marcus Aurelius