Issue 134

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Issue 134: October/November 2019


Brilliance and Gloom

by Rick Lewis


News: October/November 2019

Locke doc shock in Maryland • Žižek says something controversial again • French MPs debate sex and bioethics — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Poodle as Representation, Rottweiler as Will

Christopher Ryan takes a dogged look at Schopenhauer’s view of the world.

Schopenhauer the Optimist

Duncan Richter explains why Schopenhauer thinks art, especially music, can provide a kind of salvation.

The Ethics of a Pessimist

Dennis Vanden Auweele looks at Schopenhauer’s response to suffering.

Philosophical Outlook & Mental Well-Being

Sam Woolfe asks if pessimism is a proper response to life or a symptom of depression.


About Free Time

Hugh Hunter wonders if we’re always free in our use of our free time.

The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci

Waqās Ahmed connects Leonardo’s worldview with systems theory.

Conceptual Origami

Andrew Notier unfolds the social construction of mathematics for us.

Elastic Selves in the Age of Enhancement

Susana Badiola wonders how technology will help us understand our selves.

Challenge, Enhancement & Martial Arts

Daniel Faggella uses technology to reevaluate what it is to be challenged.

Peter Abelard (1079-1142)

Martin Jenkins looks at the life, love and logic of a medieval free thinker.


Michel Serres (1930-2019)

Raymond Boisvert meditates on the mind of a metaphysician of meaning.


Costica Bradatan

Costica Bradatan is a Professor of Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, and an Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland. Francesco D’Isa talks with him about the philosophies of life and death.



The Clone Wars • Trolley Problem Rumbles On • Return To Zen, Duh • In His Image • A Spirited Response • Errata Philosophica Extra


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

by Terence Green

Goading Gladiators

Seán Moran analyses amphitheatrical antics.

Religion & Evil

Raymond Tallis has some inconclusive thoughts.


Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, & the Return of the Far Right by Ronald Beiner

Joe Smith affirms a criticism of a popular view that sees Nietzsche as a right-on revolutionary.

How To Be A Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci

Don Berry finds modern-day applications for life advice from antiquity.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Thomas E. Wartenberg sees current concerns about truth in the news spotlighted by a classic Western.


Schopenhauer’s Flight of the Valkyries

by Josh Quarles

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Shelley Matheis’ Cartoon

by Shelley Matheis

Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott


Street Entertainment

Luke Tarassenko is determined to make a splash.

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