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Political Philosophy

Should a Liberal State Ban the Burqa?

Should a Liberal State Ban the Burqa?

Brandon Robshaw wonders what the attitude of liberal states should be towards face coverings for women.

The Ethics of Discrimination

The Ethics of Discrimination

Frederik Kaufman asks what is and is not discrimination.

Protecting Academic Freedom

Protecting Academic Freedom

Dieter Schönecker makes five arguments for freedom of expression.

Dewey & Climate Denial Squared

Dewey & Climate Denial2

Wendy Lynne Lee says consumerism really is the end of the world.

Regulars

Into the Cauldron!
News: December 2019 / January 2020

News: December 2019 / January 2020

This month’s prizes! • News from the dawn of time • Google to be renamed ‘Skynet’? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

Who Is The Worst Philosopher?

Who Is The Worst Philosopher?

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

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

Brad Rappaport writes an essay on the inventor of the essay.

Emojivism

🤔 Emojivism 😀

Sally Latham introduces a moral theory for millennials.

Bertrand Russell & Common Sense for Savages

Bertrand Russell & Common Sense for Savages

Stephen Leach considers what Bertrand Russell thought about common sense & reality – and how the one does not necessarily show you the other.

The Astrobiological Cat

The Astrobiological Cat

Predrag Slijepcevic questions standard views of intelligence by thinking on an evolutionary scale.

Lies, Damn Lies & Santa Claus

Lies, Damn Lies & Santa Claus

Joe Biehl argues that we have excellent reasons to believe in Santa.

Columns

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
Would Machiavelli Vote For Donald Trump?

Philosophy Then: Would Machiavelli Vote For Donald Trump?

Peter Adamson reads a modern Renaissance political manual.

Reviews

Galileo’s Error by Philip Goff

Galileo’s Error by Philip Goff

Raymond Tallis questions an argument for panpsychism.

Consciousness Matters by Oliver Leech

Consciousness Matters by Oliver Leech

Nick Everitt wonders why consciousess matters.

Am I Dreaming? by James Kingsland

Am I Dreaming? by James Kingsland

Danny Forde explores altered states.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Alex Hooke meets Nietzsche and Sartre… in The Twilight Zone.

Fiction

Proverbs for Engraving onto Imperial Monuments
Trump & Arendt Debate The Wall: Fictive Questions, Real Answers

Trump & Arendt Debate The Wall: Fictive Questions, Real Answers

Rayyan Dabbous pieces together a fictional debate using real quotes from Donald Trump, POTUS, and Hannah Arendt, political philosopher.

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