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Arts & Letters

A Forgiving Reason: The Secret of Sherlock Holmes’ Success

A Forgiving Reason: The Secret of Sherlock Holmes’ Success

Tim Weldon detects links between Sherlock Holmes and Blaise Pascal in the operation of intuition.

Ockham's Rose

Ockham’s Rose

Carol Nicholson looks at philosophical themes in The Name Of The Rose. (WARNING: CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS.)

Can Art Fight Fascism?

Can Art Fight Fascism?

Justin Kaushall considers Adorno’s argument that radical art radically changes consciousness.

The Case Against Conceptual Art

The Case Against Conceptual Art

Trevor Pateman makes the case for the prosecution.

Regulars

The Functions of Art
News: December 2018 / January 2019

News: December 2018 / January 2019

Berggruen Prize given to Martha Nussbaum • Confusion over approval of dog experiments • Roger Scruton to chair housing design body — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

Mary Midgley

Mary Midgley (September 13, 1919 - October 10, 2018)

Carol Nicholson on a remarkable ethicist and Philosophy Now contributor.

Hegel on History

Hegel on History

Lawrence Evans rationally interprets Hegel’s rational interpretation of history.

The Trouble with Hegel

The Trouble with Hegel

Chris Christensen thinks Hegel shouldn’t have stopped where he did.

Putting Animals & Humans To Sleep

Putting Animals & Humans To Sleep

John Shand doubts there is a moral difference.

Philosophy: A Call to Action

Philosophy: A Call to Action

Calvin H. Warner asks if philosophy can improve our lives.

I Hate Philosophy

I Hate Philosophy

At least Gray Kochhar-Lindgren can be philosophical about it.

Columns

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)
Philosophy for the Young, Medieval Style

Philosophy Then: Philosophy for the Young, Medieval Style

Peter Adamson on battles over the trivium and quadrivium.

Brains, Minds, Selves

Tallis in Wonderland: Brains, Minds, Selves

Raymond Tallis uses all three to show that he has all three.

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Reviews

From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel Dennett

From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel Dennett

We delve into the brain to look for the mind this issue as Peter Stone agrees with Daniel Dennett that we don’t know our own minds (or brains).

I Am Not A Brain by Markus Gabriel

I Am Not A Brain by Markus Gabriel

Stephen Anderson agrees with Markus Gabriel that our minds aren’t brains.

Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie

Chris Vaughan says “Bah humbug” to consumer society.

To Be Born: Genesis of a New Human Being by Luce Irigaray

To Be Born: Genesis of a New Human Being by Luce Irigaray

Dharmender Dhillon muses on Luce Irigaray’s best way to make an individual.

Fiction

The Light From Our Eyes

The Light From Our Eyes

Stephen Brewer wonders what’s in the (mind’s) eye of the beholder.

At the Existentialist Park

At the Existentialist Park

Douglas Groothuis reports an unexpected meeting of minds.

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