Issue 125

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Issue 125: April/May 2018


The Fight for the Soul of Philosophy

by Anja Steinbauer


The Philosophy Now Festival 2018

Report by our Special Correspondent


Heidegger’s Ways of Being

Andrew Royle introduces Heidegger’s key ideas from his classic Being and Time, showing how they lead towards his concept of Being-towards-death.

Heidegger & Faulkner Against Modern Technology

Bob James sees similarities in the two writers’ dark perceptions of industrialisation.

Hannah Arendt and the Human Duty to Think

Shai Tubali considers the roots and implications of Arendt’s active philosophy.

The Gift of Becoming Stranded

Amee LaTour argues we should sometimes welcome being run aground by life.

The Birth of Celebrity Culture out of the Spirit of Philosophy

Matthew Barnard comprehends and condemns celeb culture in Heideggerian terms.

The Trouble with Martin

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?”


Could a Robot be Conscious?

Brian King says only if some specific conditions are met.

Hail, Malthus!

Toni Vogel Carey on how easily and dangerously poor reasoning can become accepted wisdom.

The Golden Rule Revisited

Paul Walker and Ally Walker wonder if the Golden Rule could be a stand-alone ethic.

The Not So Golden Rule

Dan Flores argues that the Golden Rule can’t be followed, even in principle.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Martin Jenkins looks at the life of a mathematician-philosopher apologist.

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included.

The Sheep & The Dogs

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


Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

by Terence Green

Problems & Mysteries

Raymond Tallis says mystery is the heart of philosophy.


The Language Animal by Charles Taylor

Roger Caldwell looks at Charles Taylor’s views of language.

Inborn Knowledge by Colin McGinn

Nick Everitt considers Colin McGinn’s arguments that we are born with some ideas.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jason Eberl and Kevin Decker philosophize among the stars. WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Jonny Hawkins’ Cartoon

by Jonny Hawkins


Mink and Brace’s Accidental Conference On The Design Argument

Mark Piper designs an argument questioning the design argument.

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