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Alistair MacFarlane on how a poet’s daughter invented the concept of software.
Eric Walther introduces the infamous iconoclast.
Brian D. Earp explains how chemical enhancement could save your marriage.
Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson argue that artificial moral enhancement is now essential if humanity is to avoid catastrophe.
Raymond Tallis takes us from A to Zzzzz.
Raymond Tallis has a measured response to numbered seconds.
Alan Brody explains Plato’s/Socrates’ understanding of habitually bad behavior.
George Ross shows how Goethe’s masterpiece Faust explored the limits of human reason and foretold the catastrophes of the modern world.
Christopher Norris presents a case for the defence.
Jesse Prinz argues that the source of our moral inclinations is merely cultural.
Our longtime Moral Moments columnist Joel Marks concludes his special column explaining why he’s abandoning morality.
Ian Ravenscroft philosophizes about philosophizing.
Does free will exist? Michael Hauskeller reasons about reasons.
A special extended column from our (erstwhile) Moral Moments columnist Joel Marks.
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein links Stoicism and Hip Hop.
Emrys Westacott asks a probing question.
Bruce Pennington tells us how Pythagoras became a has-bean, while another Bruce Pennington drew the portraits…
Paul Cliteur asks: if an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in God, which God don’t they believe in?
Michael Antony argues that the New Atheists miss the mark.
Colin Bisset is inspired to do nothing.
Nicholas Everitt thinks about Matt Carter thinking about computers thinking.
What makes a philosopher? In the first of a two-part mini-epic, Daniel C. Dennett contemplates a life of the mind – his own. Part 1: The pre-professional years.
Richard Corrigan freely ponders John Searle’s thoughts on free will.
Luke Pollard and Rebecca Massey-Chase dialogue about freedom vs determinism.
Dzifa Benson compares being a producer with being a consumer of pop culture.
Grant Bartley! investigates the film as a distillation of the man.
Ray Tallis peers into the future, without fear.
Some say that one of the main differences between science and philosophy is that science makes progress while philosophers go round in circles endlessly discussing the same questions. Toni Vogel Carey isn’t convinced.
John Forge considers the moral dilemma of the weapons designer.
Alan Kirby says postmodernism is dead and buried. In its place comes a new paradigm of authority and knowledge formed under the pressure of new technologies and contemporary social forces.
John Snider springs into action over Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s graphic reconstruction of the history of ideas.
To introduce our art issue, Anja Steinbauer describes the troubled relationship between art and theory.
Dzifa Benson is compelled to consider the nature of performance.
Toni Vogel Carey’s answer to the most argued-over argument for the existence of God.
Anja Steinbauer introduces the life and ideas of Immanuel Kant, the merry sage of Königsberg, who died 200 years ago.
Pinhas Ben-Zvi thinks Kant was inconsistent in his revolutionary ideas about the nature of space and time.
Douglas Gearhart calls on philosophers to develop practical moral guidance for soldiers in war zones.
Professor Antony Flew, who is famous for his philosophical arguments in favour of atheism, has contributed these tantalising comments to the debate.
The first installment of a two-part article by Mary Midgley.
Mike Alder explains why mathematicians and scientists don’t like philosophy but do it anyway.
In Issue 44, Peter Williams claimed to have found numerous logical fallacies in the writings of Richard Dawkins. His article has provoked this blow-by-blow response from Massimo Pigliucci, Joshua Banta, Christen Bossu, Paula Crouse, Troy Dexter, Kerry Hansknecht and Norris Muth.
Gisle Tangenes describes the life and ideas of a cheerfully pessimistic, mountain-climbing Norwegian existentialist.
One of the most colourful and engaging of modern philosophers (and of Philosophy Now contributors) is recalled by Robert Holmes, Barry Gan and Tim Madigan.
Nathan Radke claims that Charlie Brown is an existentialist.
Every five years, philosophers from around the globe gather to drink coffee and swap ideas. Philosophy Now’s Anja Steinbauer and Rick Lewis were there.
Philippa Foot has for decades been one of Oxford’s best-known and most original ethicists. Her groundbreaking papers won her worldwide recognition but at the dawn of the new century she has finally published her first full-length book. Editor Rick Lewis asked her about goodness, vice, plants and Nietzsche.
Antony Flew untangles some confusion about David Hume, St Thomas Aquinas and the fiery fate of the damned.
Jeff Mason on Kierkegaard’s three forms of life: the ethical, the aesthetic and the religious.
A short story by Alistair Fruish.
Michael Norwitz examines the current state of play in this long-running debate, by comparing the views of Dennett and van Inwagen.
by Rick Lewis