Issue 139: August/September 2020
by Rick Lewis
Woman Philosopher of Year is Ann Garry • UNESCO invites public to comment on AI ethics rules • Steiner and Kohák dead — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
Derek Leben computes the risks of general AI.
Brett Wilson judges the case for laws for robots.
Joakim Vindenes says VR could be a useful addition to the philosopher’s toolkit.
James Sirois gives us a strong warning about overusing the net.
James K. Wight looks at how cultures define our views of machines.
Harry Whitnall considers how best to react if you find out that the world isn’t real.
Frank Martela relates how science destroyed the meaning of life, but helps us find meaning in life.
Laszlo Makay, George Marosan Jr. and David Vatai consider whether death destroys meaning or creates it.
Ian James Kidd takes a look at humanity through dark glasses.
Arianna Marchetti looks at how the Continental philosophers Michel Foucault and Byung-Chul Han view free-market politics.
Gary Browning tells us why Iris Murdoch stands out as a twentieth century thinker.
Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.
Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Here he chats with Thiago Pinho about his work on the metaphysics of objects, which led to the development of Object Oriented Ontology.
Beyond Belief • Genocide in Poland • Our Nietzschean Selves • Beyond Mathematics • The New Minimalism • Mind: The Gap • Imagine There’s a God • Your Secret is the Truth
by Terence Green
Peter Adamson looks back at ideas of eternal repetition.
Raymond Tallis ruminates on the reckoning and the reconstruction required.
We get existential as Doug Phillips says you have to keep punching until the final bell.
Roger Caldwell judges the soul-bruised life of Søren Kierkegaard.
Terri Murray gets to the core of ethics with Socrates and Woody Allen [CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS!].
by Phil Witte
by Paul Wood
by Melissa Felder
by Mary Scheurer
Keith McVeigh contacts an advanced alien with a strange (non-)question.