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Philosophy Now Festival 2015

London, 21 November 2015
Talks, debates, workshops, and philosophical games for the whole family!


Free The Philosophy of Humor

by David Boersema


Free News: December 2015 / January 2016

Cressida Cowell wins Philosophy Now Award • Study claims religious children “less altruistic” • Can Ought Not Imply Can? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer



Free Lawyers, Blondes & Irishmen

Anja Steinbauer on who can make fun of what, when and how.

Nothing Is Funny But Laughing Makes It So

Alan Soble encounters problems in thinking about comedy.

The Nature of Laughing at Ourselves

Mordechai Gordon takes ideas about not taking ourselves too seriously seriously.

The Philosophy of a Controversial Joke

Isadora Mosch considers why we laugh at things that aren’t funny.

In Defense of Humorous Nihilism

John Marmysz looks on the funny side of absolute nothingness.


Alfred Tarski

Free Alfred Tarski (1901-1983)

Alistair MacFarlane thinks through the life of a godfather of logic.

Free The Free Will of Ebenezer Scrooge

Richard Kamber considers the possibility of changing destiny.

Al Qaeda and ISIS: From Revolution to Apocalypse

Audrey Borowski briefs us on the very different ideologies of two superficially similar terrorist organisations.

When Apes Have Their Day In Court

Shawn Thompson follows legal efforts in the U.S. and Argentina to win rights for apes, exploring arguments about morality and autonomy along the way.

Wittgenstein & Occam: A Philosophical Conversation

Christian Erbacher and Lu Jiang imagine a meeting between a modern and a medieval philosopher.

What’s More Important: Freedom, Justice, Happiness, Truth?

The following answers to this categorical question each win a random book.

Time: The Big Squeeze

Peter Cave barely avoids being crushed into a singularity. Phew!


Reality & Stability: From Parmenides to Einstein

Raymond Tallis wonders how stability has changed.

Free Women’s Works

Peter Adamson thinks about the women in the history of philosophy.



Balancing Liberty and Equality • The Eternal Return of the Absurd • Getting The Moral Facts • Einstein A No-Go… • A Beautiful Mind • Trial Response


Classical Philosophy by Peter Adamson

Ken Shouler whizzes through Classical Philosophy.

Free States of Shock by Bernard Stiegler

Peter Benson recovers from States of Shock.

The Philosopher, The Priest, & The Painter by Steve Nadler

Massimo Pigliucci studies a portrait of Descartes.

The Hulk and Iron Man

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Raffaele Alberto Ventura views a self-portrait of industrial society.


Philosophy 101

Bradley Roote asks: what does baseball have to do with philosophy?


Steve Delmonte’s Cartoon

by Steve Delmonte

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Chris Madden’s Cartoon

by Chris Madden

Free Jon Carter’s Cartoon

by Jon Carter

Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott


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