Issue 140

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Issue 140: October/November 2020


The Biggest Picture

by Grant Bartley


News: October/November 2020

Ethicists shadow vaccine research • David Hume gets cancelled • Philosopher tackles Tour de France — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


G.W.F. Hegel: An Introduction

Matt Qvortrup observes the watcher of the world spirit.

Hegel’s Understanding of History

Jack Fox-Williams outlines the basics of how history works for Hegel.

Hegel, ‘The Father of Art History’?

Michael Squire scrutinises Hegel’s historical ideas about aesthetics.

Kant, Conflict & Universal History

Terrence Thomson asks what Kant’s concept of history can teach us.

Hegel On The Future, Hegel In The Future

Slavoj Žižek says Hegel doesn’t need to be a prophet to point us to a better tomorrow.


Taking Our Vulnerability To Heart

Lindsay Kelland says the precariousness of our lives can teach us core lessons.

Memory & Time

Marla Morris considers both by philosophically remembering her teacher’s lectures, and his torn, yellowed lecture notes.

Drugs & Harm

Frederik Kaufman analyses the illegality of drugs.

“Comico, Ergo Sum”

Nathaniel Goldberg & Chris Gavaler say philosophers should read Descartoons.

Mary Midgley (1919-2018)

Nat Dyer looks at the humanity of a philosopher who tried to make philosophy more human.


Bernard Stiegler (1952-2020)

Matt Bluemink remembers the philosopher of memory.



Natural Intelligence • The Life of Meaning • Homosexuality & Christianity • Humanist Behaviour • The Apparently Undying Nietzsche • Risks and Trade-Offs


Karl Marx (1818-1883)

by Terence Green

Come Together

Peter Adamson on agreement in philosophy.

Bear-Faced in Bombay

Seán Moran philosophically ponders plumptiousness.

The Mystery of Freedom

Raymond Tallis thinks up some possibilities to explain free will.


Doing Valuable Time by Cheshire Calhoun

James Wakefield finds out that meaning need not be monumental.

Enduring Time by Lisa Baraitser

Amber Edwards explores suspended time.

The Meaning of Travel by Emily Thomas

Stephen Leach discovers the meaning of travel without moving from his desk.


Jack Murphy sees society’s morals faltering in a family feud.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Phil Witte’s Cartoon

by Phil Witte

Guto Dias’ Cartoon

by Guto Dias

Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Travelling Hopefully

by Bofy

Paul Wood’s Cartoon

by Paul Wood


Hegel Walks Into A Bar…

James V. Mead overhears Hegel mansplaining #MeToo.

Hegel’s Last System

by Peter Lach-Newinsky

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