Issue 133: August/September 2019
by Grant Bartley
Michel Serres • Transgenic monkeys • Humans “quite nice” say researchers — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
PHILOSOPHY & SCIENCE
Will Bouwman asks what really matters when studying matter.
Rossen Vassilev Jr. asks if modern physics has become too metaphysical.
Kalina Moskaluk tells us how an idea outside of her theoretical background destroyed her research project and her faith in ‘simple’ phenomenology.
Raymond Keogh has a science-based take on personal identity.
Predrag Slijepcevic asks if organisms are better seen as singular or as composites.
Maxwell Cameron wants politicians to take a lesson from Aristotle’s book.
John Holroyd on the pitfalls of academic debates about God and evil.
Aner Govrin argues that a common perception of evil is mistaken.
Freya Mobus compares Socrates’ method of enquiry with a fashionable way to achieve domestic harmony.
Benjamin Bâcle finds Maine de Biran’s idea of the self-willing self to be underrated.
How to negotiate a path between capitalist & socialist excesses? Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included.
John Dupré is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter and Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences. He was recently elected President of the Philosophy of Science Association. Edit Talpsepp-Randla talks to him about the philosophy of biology.
The Sound of No Hands Clapping • Minding the Machines • Self Representations • The Sense of Perception • Perspectives on Visions • Ethics, Actions & Effects • No Marks For Marx? • Panned Spiritism • Ethical Chainsaws and Motorbikes
by Terence Green
Peter Adamson reviews the relation of reason & revelation.
Raymond Tallis takes the measure of measurement.
Ian Robinson has a brief look at the Dalai Lama’s brief message to the world.
Amber Edwards considers a new understanding of misogyny.
Paul McGavin finds help in understanding ignorance in Understanding Ignorance.
Terri Murray watches the disappearance of reality into images, in the name of news.
by Melissa Felder
by Steve Delmonte
by Ron Coleman
Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill worked for the British East India Company for 35 years. Long after Mill’s death, Gandhi led India to independence. Eugene Alper imagines a meeting of these two great political thinkers.