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Happiness & Meaning

Looking for the Purpose of Life

Looking for the Purpose of Life

Brian King says that life’s meaning is a question of purpose; but what is the purpose of human existence?

Why You’re (Probably) Wrong About The Meaning of Life

Why You’re (Probably) Wrong About The Meaning of Life

Lewis Vaughn asks what it’s all about.

What Is Happiness?

What Is Happiness?

Gary Cox asks, ‘is happiness a cigar called Hamlet?’, and other searching questions.

The Happy State

The Happy State

Dan Corjescu says soma could be coming.

Regulars

Happiness & Meaning
News: December 2021 / January 2022

News: December 2021 / January 2022

The fault is not in our stars but in our genes • Trans rights and academic freedom • Moral dilemma? Ask a chatbot — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

Huygens: A Scientist Among the Philosophers

Huygens: A Scientist Among the Philosophers

Hugh Aldersey-Williams traces the philosophical connections of a polymath.

What Is Guilt?

What Is Guilt?

Farah Abdessamad wonders if it is a function of responsibility.

Hegel Reading Heraclitus

Hegel Reading Heraclitus

Antonis Chaliakopoulos offers an intro to Heraclitus, and to Hegel, via each other.

Exploring Time

Exploring Time

Nurana Rajabova looks for a way of seeing time as if from the outside.

Can Eating Meat Be Justified?

Can Eating Meat Be Justified?

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

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677)

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677)

Brad Rappaport expresses the essential attributes of the prophet of pantheism.

Columns

Philosophers on Laughter
From Dust to Dust

Tallis in Wonderland: From Dust to Dust

Raymond Tallis on a lifetime of cleaning.

Living the Good Life

Philosophy Then: Living the Good Life

Peter Adamson ponders the ancient ethics of happiness.

Philo of Alexandria (c.20BCE-c.50CE)

Reviews

On Philosophy and Philosophers: Unpublished papers, 1960-2000 by Richard Rorty
An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida by Peter Salmon

An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida by Peter Salmon

Omar Sabbagh on a biography of Jacques Derrida.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Sara Bizarro reviews a classic: Mary Wollstonecraft’s pioneering Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

Dylan Skurka on a film that suggests it’s possible to choose to overcome your upbringing.

Fiction

Friday Nights

Friday Nights

by Peter Read

Santa’s Existential Crisis

Santa’s Existential Crisis

Samantha Neave finds that Christmas is a time for woe ho ho!

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