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Reality

Get Real

Get Real

Paul Doolan reveals that the real problem with ‘the real world’ is knowing what ‘real’ really means.

Against Direct Realism

Against Direct Realism

Paul Griffiths argues that modern metaphysics is taking a wrong turn.

Coronavirus, Correlation & Causation

Coronavirus, Correlation & Causation

Martin Jenkins uses the virus to test our knowledge of causation.

Buddhist Metaphysics

Buddhist Metaphysics

Brian Morris describes four varieties of Buddhist metaphysics, and questions whether they can form one coherent system of thought.

Regulars

Reality Check

Editorial: Reality Check

by Rick Lewis

News: October/November 2021

News: October/November 2021

New translation of all Plato’s dialogues • Heideggerian hacker claims moral stance • Passing of a prominent French thinker — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

The Philosophy of Japanese Gardens

The Philosophy of Japanese Gardens

Sailee Khurjekar says that size matters when it comes to horticulture.

Liberal Individualism & Cultural Decay

Liberal Individualism & Cultural Decay

Raymond D. Boisvert considers how the first leads to the second.

Expanding the Original Position to Animals

Expanding the Original Position to Animals

Matthew Chalmers applies the political philosophy of John Rawls to creatures great and small.

Against Veganism

Against Veganism

Chris Belshaw makes the case for rearing animals for their meat and produce.

Moral Philosophy & Being Good

Moral Philosophy & Being Good

Charlie White asks, what’s the purpose of moral philosophy? Can it take us to a good place?

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Hilarius Bogbinder discovers the surprisingly revolutionary views of one of the Catholic Church”s most revered philosophers.

Columns

Mind Without Matter

Philosophy Then: Mind Without Matter

Peter Adamson traces ancient arguments against materialism.

Cogitating in Cambridge

Street Philosopher: Cogitating in Cambridge

Seán Moran takes a punt on reality.

Reviews

Time of the Magicians by Wolfram Eilenberger

Time of the Magicians by Wolfram Eilenberger

This issue we travel back in time in Germany, as Leonid Bilmes uses words and symbols to consider the words and symbols of four famous ‘Weimar magicians’.

All Things are Nothing To Me by Jacob Blumenfeld

All Things are Nothing To Me by Jacob Blumenfeld

Douglas Groothuis thinks nothing of Max Stirner’s nihilism.

Just Deserts: Debating Free Will by Daniel C. Dennett & Gregg D. Caruso

Just Deserts: Debating Free Will by Daniel C. Dennett & Gregg D. Caruso

Stuart Jeffries considers the moral implications of a (possible) lack of free will.

Good Sport by Thomas H. Murray

Good Sport by Thomas H. Murray

Dan Ray asks why drugs cannot be a part of good sport.

Fiction

Categories & Their Discontents

Categories & Their Discontents

by Steven E. Clayman

Pascal’s Carriage

Pascal’s Carriage

by Peter Abbs

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