Issue 115

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Issue 115: August/September 2016


You Always Have a Choice!

Given the current fashion for referendums Rick Lewis has decided to offer you a choice of editorials. Pick wisely!


News: August/September 2016

Self-Driving Car Studies Cast Light on Attitudes to Ethics • Nussbaum Wins Prize • Heidegger Has A New Book Out — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


On Being An Existentialist

Stuart Greenstreet chooses to tell us how to become authentically existentialist.

Authenticity & Treatment For Depression

Alisa Anokhina on how the quest for authenticity can help in treating depression.

Is Kierkegaard Still Relevant Today?

Lucian Lupescu says the disputatious Dane dares us to live.

Simone’s Existentialist Ethics

Anja Steinbauer on Simone de Beauvoir’s Ethics of Ambiguity.

Existentialism as Punk Philosophy

Stuart Hanscomb argues that existentialism is punk philosophy par excellence.

The Absurd Heroics of Monsieur Meursault

Alex Holzman asks what a hero is, and if Camus’ infamous character qualifies.

Why Camus Was Not An Existentialist

Greg Stone presents the evidence.

“all the consequences of this”

Kile Jones argues that atheistic existentialism is more compelling than religious existentialism.


Facts & Opinions

Christoffer Lammer-Heindel tells us some important facts about them.

Bad Arguments That Make You Smarter

Henrik Schoeneberg gets smart about fallacious reasoning.

The Philosophy Professor & The Holy Book of Baseball

Chris Christensen tells a story of contradictory rules and faith broken and restored.

Science, Ockham’s Razor & God

David Glass and Mark McCartney say Ockham’s razor doesn’t cut it with God.

The Consequences of Accepting Consequentialism

Katy Baker on the demands of consequentialist theories of morality.

Thinkers Against Xenophobia: How To Deal with Pride and Prejudice

by Anja Steinbauer

Xunzi (c.320-235 BCE)

Dale DeBakcsy thinks diligently about Xunzi’s psychological Confucianism.

Is Morality Objective?

The following answers to this key philosophical question each win a random book.



The Reflective Turn • Scientific Limits • More Women In Philosophy • Reality’s Limits • Liberal Conservatism • More Philosophy Now Slip-Ups


Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

by Terence Green

Time & Change

Take the time to allow Raymond Tallis to change your view on time and change. Or leave it unchanged.


Modality & Explanatory Reasoning by Boris Kment

Richard Baron explains modal reasoning.

The Making of An Atheist by Jason Spiegel

Matt DeStefano is unswayed by an argument explaining atheism by immorality.

Berkeley’s Puzzle by John Campbell & Quassim Cassam

Nick Everitt experiences views on the nature of experiences that don’t yield knowledge.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jason Eberl and Kevin Decker awaken the philosophy of the Force.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Cameron Harvey’s Cartoon

by Cameron Harvey

Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott


Inadequate Options in Adequate Space

Kevin Robson’s existential hero finds that you can’t escape having to choose.

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