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Existentialism & Life

The Adventures of Jean-Paul Sartre

The Adventures of Jean-Paul Sartre

Sam Kelly says Jean-Paul Sartre was the Hunter S. Thompson of existentialism.

Kierkegaard: Young, Free & Anxious

Kierkegaard: Young, Free & Anxious

Gary Cox considers the problematic side of freedom, from the edge of a cliff.

We’re All Existentialists Now

We’re All Existentialists Now

Greg Artus contemplates (dis)embodiment, Zoom life and social media, through the ‘Looks’ of Sartre, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty.

The Existential Yomps Of Simone de Beauvoir

The Existential Yomps Of Simone de Beauvoir

Annabel Abbs follows Simone de Beauvoir’s thoughts over the horizon.

Regulars

Existing in the World
News: August/September 2021

News: August/September 2021

Templeton supports Church, shock news • Big Data is Watching Over You • Judith Jarvis Thomson — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

What Is The Most Fundamental Value?

What Is The Most Fundamental Value?

Our readers give their thoughts on values, each winning a valuable, if random, book.

Jonathan Edwards on Spiders

Jonathan Edwards on Spiders

John Irish reveals the surprisingly Enlightened views of a hellfire preacher.

Taylor Swift’s Liar Paradox

Taylor Swift’s Liar Paradox

With the help of renowned logician Taylor Swift, Theresa Helke introduces four fundamental paradoxes: the Liar, Epimenides’, the Truth-Teller, and the No-No.

The Stoic’s Lacuna

The Stoic’s Lacuna

Alex Richardson explores the ethical cavern at the centre of Stoicism.

Would Kant Have Worn a Face Mask?

Would Kant Have Worn a Face Mask?

Todd Mei says yes, as a duty of practical reason.

Anne Conway (1631-1679)

Anne Conway (1631-1679)

Jonathan Head looks at the life and thoughts of an early animal equaliser.

Columns

Existentialism Comes to Iran

Philosophy Then: Existentialism Comes to Iran

Peter Adamson and Hanif Amin Beidokhti on Persian cross-cultural interpretations.

The Riddle of the Sphincter

Tallis in Wonderland: The Riddle of the Sphincter

Raymond Tallis reflects on embodiment.

Reviews

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.

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

Amber Edwards surveys the position of women under socialism.

Brimstone and Treacle

Brimstone and Treacle

Thomas R. Morgan notes a diabolical, and angelic, case of anti-realism.

Fiction

Freedom and Responsibility

Freedom & Responsibility

Cora Cruz finds that sometimes you have to take both.

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus

by Joe Crocker

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