Issue 125: April/May 2018
by Anja Steinbauer
Report by our Special Correspondent
Andrew Royle introduces Heidegger’s key ideas from his classic Being and Time, showing how they lead towards his concept of Being-towards-death.
Bob James sees similarities in the two writers’ dark perceptions of industrialisation.
Shai Tubali considers the roots and implications of Arendt’s active philosophy.
Amee LaTour argues we should sometimes welcome being run aground by life.
Matthew Barnard comprehends and condemns celeb culture in Heideggerian terms.
Even his best friends thought he was a Nazi, so why should we pay any further attention to Heidegger’s philosophical writings? We asked a selection of Heidegger scholars this question: “Does Martin Heidegger’s involvement in the Nazi Party and his anti-Semitism, as evident in the recently published Black Notebooks, make a difference to how we should regard him as a philosopher and engage with his work?”
Brian King says only if some specific conditions are met.
Toni Vogel Carey on how easily and dangerously poor reasoning can become accepted wisdom.
Paul Walker and Ally Walker wonder if the Golden Rule could be a stand-alone ethic.
Dan Flores argues that the Golden Rule can’t be followed, even in principle.
Martin Jenkins looks at the life of a mathematician-philosopher apologist.
Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included.
Anushka Bhaskar (17) and Zachary Cerniglia (18) take inspiration from Diogenes the Dog.
Garbled Anti-Relativism? • Rocks and Chairs • Non-Free Thinking • Confusing Pictures & Words • Being Embodied • Perceiving Prejudices • Conscious Response
by Terence Green
Raymond Tallis says mystery is the heart of philosophy.
Roger Caldwell looks at Charles Taylor’s views of language.
Nick Everitt considers Colin McGinn’s arguments that we are born with some ideas.
Jason Eberl and Kevin Decker philosophize among the stars. WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS
by Melissa Felder
by Jonny Hawkins
Mark Piper designs an argument questioning the design argument.