Issue 135: December 2019 / January 2020
by Rick Lewis
This month’s prizes! • News from the dawn of time • Google to be renamed ‘Skynet’? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
Brandon Robshaw wonders what the attitude of liberal states should be towards face coverings for women.
Frederik Kaufman asks what is and is not discrimination.
Dieter Schönecker makes five arguments for freedom of expression.
Wendy Lynne Lee says consumerism really is the end of the world.
Michael S. Dauber smuggles in some ideas from the continent.
Sally Latham introduces a moral theory for millennials.
Stephen Leach considers what Bertrand Russell thought about common sense & reality – and how the one does not necessarily show you the other.
Predrag Slijepcevic questions standard views of intelligence by thinking on an evolutionary scale.
Joe Biehl argues that we have excellent reasons to believe in Santa.
Mark Smith reports on how philosophy is getting competitive in schools.
Brad Rappaport writes an essay on the inventor of the essay.
Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.
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
by Terence Green
Peter Adamson reads a modern Renaissance political manual.
Raymond Tallis questions an argument for panpsychism.
Nick Everitt wonders why consciousess matters.
Danny Forde explores altered states.
Alex Hooke meets Nietzsche and Sartre… in The Twilight Zone.
by Melissa Felder
by Chris Gill
by Guto Dias
by Harley Schwadron
by Loren Fishman
Rayyan Dabbous pieces together a fictional debate using real quotes from Donald Trump, POTUS, and Hannah Arendt, political philosopher.
by Daniel Galef