Issue 127

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Issue 127: August/September 2018


Quotation Marks Needed

by Anja Steinbauer


News: August/September 2018

Famous Philosophers’ Huts on Display • Japan’s Football Captain Writes Philosophy • Reasoning Skills May Help Mental Health — News reports by Anja Steinbauer and Tim Beardmore-Gray


The Concept of the Other from Kant to Lacan

Peter Benson looks at how continental minds see how we see other minds.

What is Derrida Saying to Us?

Mike Sutton gives us his present interpretation of Derrida’s traces.

Foucault’s Elephant

Thomas Morrison looks hard at Michel Foucault’s problem with science.

A Radical Cure: Hannah Arendt & Simone Weil on the Need for Roots

Scott Remer thinks we arendt happy without a community and considers the complete reconstruction of the modern world to be well worth weil.

Georges Bataille’s Experience

Michael Mocatta finds a practical aid for recovery from addiction in a philosophy of extreme experience.


Making Children Moral

In the first part of our mini-series on moral education, Michael Hand considers whether schools should be involved in trying to make children moral.


Sandy Grant dares to doubt them.

Free Will in the Age of Neuromodulation

Nayef Al-Rodhan explores some of the implications of our increasing ability to chemically and technologically alter our moods and thoughts.

The Ultimate Tranquilizer

Maria Karvouni introduces an Epicurean state of mind.

Indigenous Philosophies

Miguel van der Velden invites us to consider the philosophical ideas of the world’s many Indigenous communities.

Duns Scotus (1265/66-1308)

Jack Allen considers the influential ideas of a medieval philosopher-monk.

What are the Moral Limits of Free Speech and Action?

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



Friendly Fire • More Than A Review, A Philosophy • Is Physicalism Wrong, Though? • Barking Up A Different Tree • Heidegger’s Hate Mail • Moral Guardians


Giambattista Vico (1668-1744)

by Terence Green

Fifty Shades of Black

Raymond Tallis berates the malign pessimism of John Gray.


The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott

Mark Waller finds out with Emrys Westacott that the simple life is not so simple after all.

Decoding Chomsky by Chris Knight

Peter Stone detects an attempted literary left-wing hatchet job (an ice-pick job?) on Noam Chomsky.


Matt Qvortrup contemplates the fleeting nature of truth through Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece.


Bill and Rob Thomas’s Cartoon

by Bill Thomas and Rob Thomas

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder


Which Is To Say

by Scott F. Parker

The Parable of the Ultimate Computer

Michael Langford computes the future of computing the future.

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