Issue 133

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Issue 133: August/September 2019


Scientific Knowledge

by Grant Bartley


News: August/September 2019

Michel Serres • Transgenic monkeys • Humans “quite nice” say researchers — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia

Will Bouwman asks what really matters when studying matter.

Einstein vs Logical Positivism

Rossen Vassilev Jr. asks if modern physics has become too metaphysical.

Science & Phenomenology

Kalina Moskaluk tells us how an idea outside of her theoretical background destroyed her research project and her faith in ‘simple’ phenomenology.

DNA & The Identity Crisis

Raymond Keogh has a science-based take on personal identity.

Flora or Mona Lisa?

Predrag Slijepcevic asks if organisms are better seen as singular or as composites.


Aristotle & The Good Ruler

Maxwell Cameron wants politicians to take a lesson from Aristotle’s book.

The Good, The Bad and Theodicy

John Holroyd on the pitfalls of academic debates about God and evil.

Is Attributing Evil a Cognitive Bias?

Aner Govrin argues that a common perception of evil is mistaken.

Tidying Up With Socrates

Freya Mobus compares Socrates’ method of enquiry with a fashionable way to achieve domestic harmony.

Maine de Biran (1766-1824)

Benjamin Bâcle finds Maine de Biran’s idea of the self-willing self to be underrated.

What is the Third Way?

How to negotiate a path between capitalist & socialist excesses? Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included.


John Dupré

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


William of Ockham (1285-1347/8 CE)

by Terence Green

First Believe, Then Understand

Peter Adamson reviews the relation of reason & revelation.

In Measure Began Our Might

Raymond Tallis takes the measure of measurement.


An Appeal to the World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Ian Robinson has a brief look at the Dalai Lama’s brief message to the world.

Down Girl by Kate Manne

Amber Edwards considers a new understanding of misogyny.

Understanding Ignorance by Daniel R. DeNicola

Paul McGavin finds help in understanding ignorance in Understanding Ignorance.


Terri Murray watches the disappearance of reality into images, in the name of news.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Steve Delmonte’s Cartoon

by Steve Delmonte

Ron Coleman’s Cartoon

by Ron Coleman


Mill Meets Gandhi

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.

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