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Future Shocks

Pascal’s Artificial Intelligence Wager

Pascal’s Artificial Intelligence Wager

Derek Leben computes the risks of general AI.

Robot Rules!

Robot Rules!

Brett Wilson judges the case for laws for robots.

Virtual Reality as a Catalyst for Thought

Virtual Reality as a Catalyst for Thought

Joakim Vindenes says VR could be a useful addition to the philosopher’s toolkit.

The Singularity of the Human Hive Mind

The Singularity of the Human Hive Mind

James Sirois gives us a strong warning about overusing the net.

Regulars

The Shock of Things to Come
News: August/September 2020

News: August/September 2020

Woman Philosopher of Year is Ann Garry • UNESCO invites public to comment on AI ethics rules • Steiner and Kohák dead — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

Leo Tolstoy and The Silent Universe

Leo Tolstoy and The Silent Universe

Frank Martela relates how science destroyed the meaning of life, but helps us find meaning in life.

The Meaning of Death

The Meaning of Death

Laszlo Makay, George Marosan Jr. and David Vatai consider whether death destroys meaning or creates it.

Philosophical Misanthropy

Philosophical Misanthropy

Ian James Kidd takes a look at humanity through dark glasses.

Neoliberalism & Social Control

Neoliberalism & Social Control

Arianna Marchetti looks at how the Continental philosophers Michel Foucault and Byung-Chul Han view free-market politics.

How Do We Understand Each Other?

How Do We Understand Each Other?

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

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)

Gary Browning tells us why Iris Murdoch stands out as a twentieth century thinker.

Columns

Plotinus (204/5-270 CE)
Back to the Future

Philosophy Then: Back to the Future

Peter Adamson looks back at ideas of eternal repetition.

Philosophy in the Time of Plague, Part 2

Tallis in Wonderland: Philosophy in the Time of Plague, Part 2

Raymond Tallis ruminates on the reckoning and the reconstruction required.

Teresa de Ávila (1515-1582)

Reviews

The Existentialist’s Survival Guide by Gordon Marino

The Existentialist’s Survival Guide by Gordon Marino

We get existential as Doug Phillips says you have to keep punching until the final bell.

Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle

Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle

Roger Caldwell judges the soul-bruised life of Søren Kierkegaard.

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Terri Murray gets to the core of ethics with Socrates and Woody Allen [CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS!].

The Subject of Experience by Galen Strawson

The Subject of Experience by Galen Strawson

Bill Meacham subjects Galen Strawson to his critical experience.

Fiction

UPLOADED

UPLOADED

by Mary Scheurer

What Colour Are Numbers?

What Colour Are Numbers?

Keith McVeigh contacts an advanced alien with a strange (non-)question.

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