Issue 123: December 2017 / January 2018


The False Mirror: A Brief History of Prejudice

by Anja Steinbauer


News: December 2017 / January 2018

Human brains to connect to cloud storage! • Mini human brains implanted in rodents! • Psychologists study moral intuition — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Xenos: Jacques Derrida on Hospitality

Peter Benson tackles xenophobia with the help of Jacques Derrida and Plato.

Perfectionism & Hate Speech Law

Shaun O’Dwyer on reconciling free speech with protection against hate speech.

Homelessness & the Limits of Hospitality

Anya Daly says we’ll solve homelessness only when we see it as our problem.

Prostitution & Instrumentalization

Rob Lovering argues that a popular argument against prostitution doesn’t work.

An Education In Diversity?

Christina Easton asks if a liberal education can be forced on non-liberal communities.


What’s So Bad About Smugness?

Emrys Westacott asks whether it really is a terrible moral failing.

The Rise of the Intelligent Authors

Lochlan Bloom wonders what writers will do when computers become better writers than humans.

Santa Claus & the Problem of Evil

Jimmy Alfonso Licon engages in a little Santodicy for Christmas.

Kant & The Human Subject

Brian Morris compares the ways Kant’s question “What is the human being?” has been answered by philosophers and anthropologists.

Defending Humanistic Reasoning

Paul Giladi, Alexis Papazoglou, & Giuseppina D’Oro say we need to recognise that science and the humanities are asking and answering different questions.

Seeing the Future in the Present Past

Siobhan Lyons perceives the flow of history in terms of organic growth and decay.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

In Thoreau’s bicentenary, Martin Jenkins looks at the famous American eccentric.

How Can I Know Right From Wrong?

The following responses to this basic ethical question each win a random book.



Panpsychic Ricochets • A Solace of Quantum • In Praise of Brain Hats • Serious Baby Talk • Serious Misrepresentations • Philosophy as Pattern Recognition • Poet’s Corner


Laozi (Pre-Fourth Century BCE)

by Terence Green

When Your Favorite Philosopher is a Bigot

Peter Adamson considers possible ways forward.

Death & The Philosopher

Raymond Tallis on philosophical attitudes to non-being.


Ultimate Questions by Bryan Magee

Grant Sterling asks some immediate questions about Ultimate Questions.

Aesthetics & the Sciences of Mind

John Greenbank asks if science can ultimately tell us anything about artistic experience.

The Big Lebowski

Matt Qvortrup contemplates Dude philosophy.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Steve Delmonte’s Cartoon

by Steve Delmonte


Photography In The 18th Century

by Peter Keeble

The Truth

Kaya York tries to comprehend Everything.

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