Issue 135

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Issue 135: December 2019 / January 2020


Into the Cauldron!

by Rick Lewis


News: December 2019 / January 2020

This month’s prizes! • News from the dawn of time • Google to be renamed ‘Skynet’? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Should a Liberal State Ban the Burqa?

Brandon Robshaw wonders what the attitude of liberal states should be towards face coverings for women.

The Ethics of Discrimination

Frederik Kaufman asks what is and is not discrimination.

Protecting Academic Freedom

Dieter Schönecker makes five arguments for freedom of expression.

Dewey & Climate Denial²

Wendy Lynne Lee says consumerism really is the end of the world.

Cosmopolitanism & Immigration

Michael S. Dauber smuggles in some ideas from the continent.


🤔 Emojivism 😀

Sally Latham introduces a moral theory for millennials.

Bertrand Russell & Common Sense for Savages

Stephen Leach considers what Bertrand Russell thought about common sense & reality – and how the one does not necessarily show you the other.

The Astrobiological Cat

Predrag Slijepcevic questions standard views of intelligence by thinking on an evolutionary scale.

Lies, Damn Lies & Santa Claus

Joe Biehl argues that we have excellent reasons to believe in Santa.

The Philosothon Phenomenon

Mark Smith reports on how philosophy is getting competitive in schools.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

Brad Rappaport writes an essay on the inventor of the essay.

Who Is The Worst Philosopher?

Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.


Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse is a well known philosopher of biology. He has written extensively on the relationship between science and religion. His latest book is A Meaning to Life (OUP). Seth Hart asked him about it.



Philosophy Fought the Law • Remembering a Great Philosopher • Failure to Relate • Logic & Logos • I-DNA? I Do Not Agree • Rossen’s Universal Knowbots • Thinking About Thinking About Thinking


Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

by Terence Green

Would Machiavelli Vote For Donald Trump?

Peter Adamson reads a modern Renaissance political manual.


Galileo’s Error by Philip Goff

Raymond Tallis questions an argument for panpsychism.

Consciousness Matters by Oliver Leech

Nick Everitt wonders why consciousess matters.

Am I Dreaming? by James Kingsland

Danny Forde explores altered states.

The Twilight Zone

Alex Hooke meets Nietzsche and Sartre… in The Twilight Zone.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Guto Dias’ Cartoon

by Guto Dias

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon

by Harley Schwadron

Loren Fishman’s Cartoon

by Loren Fishman


Trump & Arendt Debate The Wall: Fictive Questions, Real Answers

Rayyan Dabbous pieces together a fictional debate using real quotes from Donald Trump, POTUS, and Hannah Arendt, political philosopher.

Proverbs for Engraving onto Imperial Monuments

by Daniel Galef

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