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Political Philosophy

The Causes of Peace

The Causes of Peace

Dan Corjescu looks briefly but hopefully at possible causes of peace.

‘The Lottery’ & Locke’s Politics

‘The Lottery’ & Locke’s Politics

John P. Irish considers social contract theory through an infamous lottery.

A Map of Political Ideas

A Map of Political Ideas

Phil Badger draws the boundaries of political thought and explores the territories.

Cultural Colonialism & Aesthetic Injustice

Cultural Colonialism & Aesthetic Injustice

Gustavo Dalaqua on decolonizing minds.

Regulars

A Serious Matter
News: April/May 2022

News: April/May 2022

Ukrainian philosopher’s 300th birthday • AI shows increasing ethical problems • Qubit pioneer David Deutsch wins prize — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

Robert Nozick’s Metaverse Machine

Robert Nozick’s Metaverse Machine

Lorenzo Buscicchi asks, would you plug into Mark Zuckerberg’s virtual world? He finds that the question has been considered by philosophers for decades.

The Golden State Killer & Deleuze’s ‘Dividual’

The Golden State Killer & Deleuze’s ‘Dividual’

Angela Dennis computes the use and abuse of digital data.

The Goodness of Existence

The Goodness of Existence

Jarlath Cox says whether life brings pleasure or pain, the value of being born is the ability to experience at all.

What Is Truth?

What Is Truth?

Richard Oxenberg on the need for an old paradigm, especially in ethics.

Paradox Lost

Paradox Lost

Paul Tissier argues that Russell’s Paradox isn’t really a paradox.

What is a Person?

What is a Person?

Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.

Columns

Looking to the Past

Philosophy Then: Looking to the Past

Peter Adamson on when philosophers write history.

Perception as a Controlled Hallucination

Tallis in Wonderland: Perception as a Controlled Hallucination

Raymond Tallis argues against calling everyday experience a ‘hallucination’.

Reviews

Freedom: An Impossible Reality by Raymond Tallis

Freedom: An Impossible Reality by Raymond Tallis

This issue we consider ultimate human realities as Raymond Tallis has the intention of proving free will.

Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman gives a hopeful spin on our species.

Beyond Bad by Chris Paley

Beyond Bad by Chris Paley

Chris Paley wants us to leave morality behind completely.

Androids At The Cinema

Androids At The Cinema

Alessandro Colarossi looks at how Hollywood draws and blurs the line between human and machine.

Fiction

The Global Village

The Global Village

by Boghos Artinian

Sour

Sour

by Emma Freudig

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