Issue 130

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Issue 130: February/March 2019


You and Your Mind

by Rick Lewis


News: February/March 2019

Brain to Brain networking demonstrated • Saudi Arabia to lift philosophy teaching ban • Philosophy Now Against Stupidity Award — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Defending Free Will & The Self

Frank S. Robinson ‘chooses’ to remind ‘us’ of problems some contemporary philosophers have with these central human concepts.

The Sum of My Parts

Brett Wilson explores personal identity with John Locke and a dodgy 3D printer.

Francis Crick’s Deliberately Provocative Reductionism

Paul Austin Murphy repudiates a blasé reduction of mind to matter by one of the discoverers of the structure of DNA.

The Free Will Pill

Taylor A. Dunn asks, if free will were a drug, should you take it?

Thought, Consciousness, Brains and Machines

Adrian Brockless on the proper way to use the words ‘thought’ and ‘consciousness’.

Humanity, Metaphor & the Recursive Mind

Brian King wonders what there is about human minds that’s unique to us.


Teaching Ethics: What’s The Harm?

Patrick Stokes discusses some of the ethical problems arising in teaching ethics.

Can an ‘Ought’ be Derived from an ‘Is’?

Philippa Foot says it’s super easy, barely an inconvenience.

Ethics of the Future

Alexander Joy on the importance of not hurting future people.

Søren Kierkegaard On the Perils of Procrastination

Gordon Marino can’t wait to tell you about moral self-deception.

The Decline & Rebirth of Philosophy

Daniel Kaufman sees philosophy ailing as a guide for Western culture, and considers how it might be revived.

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Martin Jenkins traces the life of a self-made woman.

Toughing it Out

Anushka Bhaskar (18) and Anchal Bhaskar (16) take Resilience 101.



Techno(non)immortalization • The Abyss ‘Twixt Mythos & Logos • Abortion and Blind Spots • On Rorty • Freedom For Capitalists! • Hegel Goes West • Freedom From Hegel! • Freedom From Freedom! • The Truth About Post-Truth • Happiness and Responsibility!


Roger Bacon (c.1214 - c.1292)

by Terence Green

Divided Opinions

Peter Adamson looks at how we carve up philosophies.

Hounded in Holland

Seán Moran considers canine companions.

Homo Faber

Raymond Tallis makes much out of human tool use.


War: An Enquiry by A.C. Grayling

Chad Trainer muses on A.C. Grayling’s modern perspective on war.

In Defence of War by Nigel Biggar

David McKay looks at arguments about when war might be justified.

Saving Beauty by Byung-Chul Han

Lillian Wilde asks: is it beauty that needs saving, or is it us?

Call the Midwife

Ellen Miller considers birth, wonder, and care as philosophical frameworks.


Jon Carter’s Cartoon

by Jon Carter

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder



Sebastian Richardson eavesdrops on Martin Heidegger’s relationship counselling.

Selves Into Self

by Stuart Greenstreet

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