Issue 111: December 2015 / January 2016
by David Boersema
Cressida Cowell wins Philosophy Now Award • Study claims religious children “less altruistic” • Can Ought Not Imply Can? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
Anja Steinbauer on who can make fun of what, when and how.
Alan Soble encounters problems in thinking about comedy.
Mordechai Gordon takes ideas about not taking ourselves too seriously seriously.
Isadora Mosch considers why we laugh at things that aren’t funny.
John Marmysz looks on the funny side of absolute nothingness.
Richard Kamber considers the possibility of changing destiny.
Audrey Borowski briefs us on the very different ideologies of two superficially similar terrorist organisations.
Shawn Thompson follows legal efforts in the U.S. and Argentina to win rights for apes, exploring arguments about morality and autonomy along the way.
Christian Erbacher and Lu Jiang imagine a meeting between a modern and a medieval philosopher.
Peter Cave barely avoids being crushed into a singularity. Phew!
Alistair MacFarlane thinks through the life of a godfather of logic.
The following answers to this categorical question each win a random book.
Balancing Liberty and Equality • The Eternal Return of the Absurd • Getting The Moral Facts • Einstein A No-Go… • A Beautiful Mind • Trial Response
Peter Adamson thinks about the women in the history of philosophy.
Raymond Tallis wonders how stability has changed.
Ken Shouler whizzes through Classical Philosophy.
Peter Benson recovers from States of Shock.
Massimo Pigliucci studies a portrait of Descartes.
Raffaele Alberto Ventura views a self-portrait of industrial society.
by Steve Delmonte
by Melissa Felder
by Chris Madden
by Jon Carter
by Bill Stott
Bradley Roote asks: what does baseball have to do with philosophy?