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Heidegger

Heidegger’s Ways of Being

Heidegger’s Ways of Being

Andrew Royle introduces Heidegger’s key ideas from his classic Being and Time, showing how they lead towards his concept of Being-towards-death.

Heidegger & Faulkner Against Modern Technology

Heidegger & Faulkner Against Modern Technology

Bob James sees similarities in the two writers’ dark perceptions of industrialisation.

Hannah Arendt and the Human Duty to Think

Hannah Arendt and the Human Duty to Think

Shai Tubali considers the roots and implications of Arendt’s active philosophy.

The Gift of Becoming Stranded

The Gift of Becoming Stranded

Amee LaTour argues we should sometimes welcome being run aground by life.

Regulars

The Fight for the Soul of Philosophy
The Philosophy Now Festival 2018

The Philosophy Now Festival 2018

Report by our Special Correspondent

Articles

Could a Robot be Conscious?

Could a Robot be Conscious?

Brian King says only if some specific conditions are met.

Hail, Malthus!

Hail, Malthus!

Toni Vogel Carey on how easily and dangerously poor reasoning can become accepted wisdom.

The Golden Rule Revisited

The Golden Rule Revisited

Paul Walker and Ally Walker wonder if the Golden Rule could be a stand-alone ethic.

The Not So Golden Rule

The Not So Golden Rule

Dan Flores argues that the Golden Rule can’t be followed, even in principle.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Martin Jenkins looks at the life of a mathematician-philosopher apologist.

something and nothing

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

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

Columns

Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
Problems & Mysteries

Tallis in Wonderland: Problems & Mysteries

Raymond Tallis says mystery is the heart of philosophy.

Reviews

The Language Animal by Charles Taylor

The Language Animal by Charles Taylor

Roger Caldwell looks at Charles Taylor’s views of language.

Inborn Knowledge by Colin McGinn

Inborn Knowledge by Colin McGinn

Nick Everitt considers Colin McGinn’s arguments that we are born with some ideas.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jason Eberl and Kevin Decker philosophize among the stars. WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Experiencing Time by Simon Prosser

Experiencing Time by Simon Prosser

Heather Dyke passes time reading about a denial of the passing of time.

Fiction

Mink and Brace’s Accidental Conference On The Design Argument

Mink and Brace’s Accidental Conference On The Design Argument

Mark Piper designs an argument questioning the design argument.

Freedom 2199

Freedom 2199

Jonathan Sheasby discovers some unexpected perils of AI.

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