Issue 116

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Issue 116: October/November 2016


Envisioning Society

by Grant Bartley and Rick Lewis


Russell Revels Rock Rochester


Aristotle’s Philosophy of Equality, Peace, & Democracy

Matt Qvortrup argues that Aristotle’s political philosophy is surprisingly modern.

Aesthetic Democracy

Mihail Evans studies art to understand politics.

The Social Contract: A License to Steal

Stephen Faison cross-examines the idea of a social contract.

Martin Buber & Leo Tolstoy: Two Examples of Spiritual Anarchism

Patrick Cannon articulates an alternative anarchism.

Informed Voting

Lorenzo Capitani is in favour of government through knowledge not ignorance.

Is An Ageing Population Our Natural Fate?

Nguyen Ba Thanh wonders if death by old age is civilisation’s destiny.


What Would Georges Bataille Do?

Alexandra Tzirkoti reckons he might have made a great agony uncle.

Could There Be A Solution To The Trolley Problem?

Omid Panahi finds that finding a solution is not the problem.

Will We Ever Philosophise With E.T.?

Malcolm E. Brown & Steve Hubbard argue that it’s unlikely.

A Golden Manifesto

Mary Midgley remembers a golden age of female philosophy, and argues that it holds lessons for today.

Gottlob Frege (1848-1925)

Alistair MacFarlane laments the profound disappointment of a master of logic.


Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish is an American literary theorist, legal scholar, and public intellectual. Scott Parker asks him about a particular kind of community.



Existentialist Epistles • Dismay About Drugs • An Organic Cause of Complaint • Cutting Critiques • Consequentialist Correspondence • Science versus Scientism • The Last Straw • Baseball Mystery


Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

by Terence Green

Out of Europe

Peter Adamson wants us to recategorise philosophies.

Bilateral Benevolence

Seán Moran feels a warm glow on the streets of Dublin.

On The Meaning(s) Of Life

Raymond Tallis searches for meaning, and finds several.


Anti-Education by Friedrich Nietzsche

Daniel Telech reviews Nietzsche’s startling opinions on the aims of education.

Empathy & Morality

Stephen Anderson asks if empathy helps us feel the Good or just feel good.

Symbolic Misery: Volume 1: The Hyperindustrial Epoch by Bernard Stiegler

Daniel Tutt learns the art of winning an aesthetic war.

Breaking Bad

Psychologist Joe MacDonagh and philosopher Sheridan Hough each watch what happens when society breaks.


Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott

Chris Madden’s Cartoon

by Chris Madden

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder


The Law Pebble

William Simpson watches a small society suffer a small catastrophe.

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