Issue 131

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Issue 131: April/May 2019


Question Marx

by Grant Bartley


News: April/May 2019

Word frequency reveals morality’s tides • Marx’s tomb vandalised • Black holes evade conceptual capture — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Karl Marx: Man & Mind

Matt Qvortrup argues that Marx still inspires those longing for a better world.

A New Twist on Old Ideas

Lucian Lupescu sees how far Kant’s and Marx’s ideals overlap.

Marx & Nietzsche

Jack Fox-Williams explores power, class and religion.

Popper on Marx on History

Chris Christensen considers a clash of two colossal Karls.

Marx’s Leviathan

Patrick Cannon on anarchy and state.

How Can Anybody Change Culture?

Kevin Brinkmann tells us, with the help of Althusser, Gramsci and Mannheim.


Socratic Wisdom & The Knowledge of Children

Maria daVenza Tillmanns uncovers the natural philosopher in us all.

Against Stupidity in the Media

Angela Phillips is the winner of Philosophy Now’s 2019 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She gave this acceptance talk at Conway Hall in January.

What is Panspiritism?

Steve Taylor introduces an alternative way of conceiving consciousness.

What is it Like to be a Dragonfly?

Benedict O’Connell explores puzzles of perception with Locke, Kant and Nagel.

Locke’s Question to Berkeley

Alessandro Colarossi imagines a perceptive conversation about reality.

Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996)

Will Bouwman considers the development of a paradigmatic revolutionary.

Is Philosophy Still The Friend Of Wisdom?

Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included. Thanks to Finn Janning for suggesting this month’s question.



Thoughts on Minds • Plumbing and Modesty • Decline and Rebirth • Niesche Nietze Nietzsche Now • Free Won’t • Sympathetic Fallacies • Pain, Happiness & Conceptual Art


R.G. Collingwood (1889-1943)

by Terence Green

The Other Side of the Coins

Peter Adamson on the philosophical edge of numismatics.

On Failing to be a Philosopher

Raymond Tallis thinks through what not thinking things through involves.


Logos by Raymond Tallis

We seek purpose and enlightenment as Stephen Anderson attempts to understand Raymond Tallis’s attempt to understand our understanding of the world.

Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright

Lachlan Dale considers a naturalistic view of Buddhism.


Christopher Carroll asks if communicating with aliens really would be possible.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Anomalous Phenomena

by Bofy

Wolfgang Niesielski’s Cartoon

by Wolfgang Niesielski



by Julie McNeill

An Unwanted Visitation

Craig Potter on a conversation out of time.

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