Issue 112: February/March 2016
by Grant Bartley
University scraps philosophy exams • Ethics teaching the Meiji way • Canadians consider euthanasia for children — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
Ching-Hung Woo says freedom is compatible with choices being determined.
Natasha Gilbert says out with the old arguments, and in with the new.
Graham W. Boyd argues that choice is an illusion.
George Singleton asks why we splash out on luxuries worth a month’s income, struggle to give up smoking, and resort to below-the-belt insults in heated arguments.
Steve Taylor says of determinism: “I refute it thus!”
Audrey Borowski peers into the infinity inside all organisms, including us.
Brian King says that to understand the herd, you need a Herder.
Magdalena Scholle looks for Apollonian and Dionysian traits in Salvador Dalí’s art.
Thomas Dabay combines the ideas of David Hume and Immanuel Kant to help show how we can be right about what’s right.
Daniel Tippens argues that our self-interestedness has a positive side after all.
Vaughan Rapatahana remembers the singular English existentialist.
The moral and political philosopher D.D. (David Daiches) Raphael died just before Christmas – a month short of his 100th birthday. Shortly before his death, he spoke to Gideon Calder about what more than eighty years in philosophy involves.
The Tears of Many Clowns • Original Thinking • Liberty, Equality, Technology • Can Robots Wrestle with Ethics? • Uncommon Sensations • Absurd Speculations? • Who Am I? • Atheism On Its Own Terms
Peter Adamson spots some similarities between ancient Greek and ancient Indian philosophies.
Raymond Tallis takes a good look at himself.
Joel Marks critiques Peter Singer’s popular ethics.
William Irwin asks if pure ethics exists at all.
Tamás Szabados gives it an existential analysis.
by Melissa Felder
by Steve Delmonte
A comic by Corey Mohler about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world.
by Peter Duff
Kevin Heinrich follows the fate of some determined townsfolk.