Issue 117

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Issue 117: December 2016 / January 2017


Beyond Physics No More?

by Rick Lewis


News: December 2016 / January 2017

Peter Singer wins Philosophy Now Award • Philosophers and the US Election • Animal Welfare: Good News & Bad News? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Berkeley’s Suitcase

Hugh Hunter unpacks the sources of Berkeley’s idealism.

Nowhere Men

Nick Inman wants to know where you’re at.

The Private Lives Of Rocks

Jon David thinks about the view that everything has awareness.

Spinoza’s Metaphysics & Its Relevance For Science Today

Zoran Vukadinovic thinks Spinoza could help us with our enquiries.


A Golden Manifesto, Part II

Mary Midgley continues her recollection of a golden age of female philosophy.

Epicurus For Today

Luke Slattery argues that the ancient philosophy of the Garden offers an attractive answer to some of the challenges of the modern world.

Philosophy For The Brave

Dahlian Kirby on the benefits of existentialist counselling.

Voltaire (1694-1778)

Jared Spears looks at the cometary career of a celebrity revolutionary.

To Be Or Not To Be, What Is The Answer?

The following responses to Hamlet’s big question each win a random book.


Tu Weiming

Tu Weiming is a philosophy professor at Harvard University and Chair of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. He is an ethicist and is one of the leading lights of New Confucianism. David Volodzko asked him about the relevance of Confucius today.



Voting For Self-Destruction • Contractual Obligations For Life • More Unfeasible Election Conditions • Co-operative Disagreement • The Trolley Trundles On • In Sight Of The Self • Eternal Fact-Straightening


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

by Terence Green

What is Metaphysics Anyway?

Peter Adamson considers Aristotle’s original use of the term.

On Logos

Raymond Tallis looks into the mystery of the sense-making animal.


Was Einstein Right? by Clifford M. Will

Tim Wilkinson answers the question Was Einstein Right? about general relativity with a “Yes!”.

Moral Relativism by Steven Lukes

Phil Badger surveys Steven Lukes’ perspective on moral relativism.

The Road

Michael Burke traces the lengths to which we must go to truly love the other person.


You Are Here

by Chris Madden

Phil Witte’s Cartoon

by Phil Witte

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Epicureanism: The Original Party School

A comic by Corey Mohler about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world.


Hegel & Hume Talk It Over

Chris Christensen watches Hume and Hegel argue about how they can have knowledge of reality.

Spinoza’s Work

by Peter Abbs

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