Issue 113: April/May 2016
by Rick Lewis
Umberto Eco, novelist and philosopher, dies at 84 • Virtue in Virtual Reality • Universe “full of bubbles” — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
Markus Gabriel one of the founders of New Realism, talks to Anja Steinbauer about why the world does not exist, and other curious metaphysical topics.
Manuel Carta talks with Prof. Maurizio Ferraris of the University of Turin, another leading exponent of New Realism.
Fintan Neylan explains the realism Maurizio Ferraris introduces in his Introduction.
Manuel Carta interviews Maurizio Ferraris’s translator into English.
Elizabeth Hemsley considers ethical arguments for and against a new embryo modification procedure.
Geoff Sheehan uses Buddhist parables to illustrate Socratic philosophy.
Rob Lovering considers some of the arguments, and what they amount to.
Musa al-Gharbi outlines the varieties of conservative stances.
Robin Small will have a Martini – stirred, not shaken.
Sam Woolfe recounts the mathematical metaphysics of physicist Max Tegmark.
Thomas Dylan Daniel on what one Frenchman says to anglophone philosophy.
The following responses to this sagacious question each win a random book.
Tastes of Freedom • Animal Autonomy Arguments • In The Light of History • Absurd Disagreements? • Godly Causes and Effects • Killer Logic
Peter Adamson contemplates non-violence in ancient Indian thought.
Raymond Tallis asks, does it matter if philosophy does not make progress?
Peter Caws critiques Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic obscurantism.
Terri Murray surveys Walter Benjamin’s perspective on the media within cultures.
Matthew Gildersleeve goes to the movies with Jacques Lacan.
by Melissa Felder
by Chris Madden
Kimberley Martinez sees through the unreality of reality, disastrously.