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Schopenhauer

Poodle as Representation, Rottweiler as Will

Poodle as Representation, Rottweiler as Will

Christopher Ryan takes a dogged look at Schopenhauer’s view of the world.

Schopenhauer the Optimist

Schopenhauer the Optimist

Duncan Richter explains why Schopenhauer thinks art, especially music, can provide a kind of salvation.

The Ethics of a Pessimist

The Ethics of a Pessimist

Dennis Vanden Auweele looks at Schopenhauer’s response to suffering.

Philosophical Outlook & Mental Well-Being

Philosophical Outlook & Mental Well-Being

Sam Woolfe asks if pessimism is a proper response to life or a symptom of depression.

Regulars

Brilliance and Gloom
News: October/November 2019

News: October/November 2019

Locke doc shock in Maryland • Žižek says something controversial again • French MPs debate sex and bioethics — News reports by Anja Steinbauer

Articles

About Free Time

About Free Time

Hugh Hunter wonders if we’re always free in our use of our free time.

The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci

The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci

Waqās Ahmed connects Leonardo’s worldview with systems theory.

Conceptual Origami

Conceptual Origami

Andrew Notier unfolds the social construction of mathematics for us.

Elastic Selves in the Age of Enhancement

Elastic Selves in the Age of Enhancement

Susana Badiola wonders how technology will help us understand our selves.

Challenge, Enhancement & Martial Arts

Challenge, Enhancement & Martial Arts

Daniel Faggella uses technology to reevaluate what it is to be challenged.

Peter Abelard  (1079-1142)

Peter Abelard (1079-1142)

Martin Jenkins looks at the life, love and logic of a medieval free thinker.

Columns

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Goading Gladiators

Street Philosopher: Goading Gladiators

Seán Moran analyses amphitheatrical antics.

Religion & Evil

Tallis in Wonderland: Religion & Evil

Raymond Tallis has some inconclusive thoughts.

First Believe, Then Understand

Philosophy Then: First Believe, Then Understand

Peter Adamson reviews the relation of reason & revelation.

Reviews

Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, & the Return of the Far Right by Ronald Beiner

Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, & the Return of the Far Right by Ronald Beiner

Joe Smith affirms a criticism of a popular view that sees Nietzsche as a right-on revolutionary.

How To Be A Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci

How To Be A Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci

Don Berry finds modern-day applications for life advice from antiquity.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Thomas E. Wartenberg sees current concerns about truth in the news spotlighted by a classic Western.

An Appeal to the World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

An Appeal to the World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Ian Robinson has a brief look at the Dalai Lama’s brief message to the world.

Fiction

Street Entertainment

Street Entertainment

Luke Tarassenko is determined to make a splash.

Mill Meets Gandhi

Mill Meets Gandhi

Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill worked for the British East India Company for 35 years. Long after Mill’s death, Gandhi led India to independence. Eugene Alper imagines a meeting of these two great political thinkers.

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