Issue 141

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Issue 141: December 2020 / January 2021


Time and Being

by Rick Lewis


News: December 2020 / January 2021

Study finds moral choices gendered • Ethics of wiring your brain to a computer • Philosopher rides along Montaigne track — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


To Be Is To Persist

Dustin Gray finds out that continuing to exist isn’t as simple as you might think.

The Metaphysics of Groundhog Day

Lawrence Crocker says it’s about time, and personal identity, and free will.

Free Will & The Brain

Kevin Loughran wonders what scientific experiments really tell us about free will.

Determinism versus Determinism

Nurana Rajabova is determined to sort it out.

Do We Want To Be Free?

Siobhan Lyons discovers that free will doesn’t come for free.


Homo informaticus

Luc de Brabandere lets us sail with him along the two great rivers of thought that have flowed down the centuries from ancient philosophy into modern computer science, from Plato and Aristotle to Alan Turing and Claude Shannon.

Homosexuality & Christianity

Douglas Groothuis argues that it is possible for someone to be gay, happy, and committed to traditional sexual ethics.

The Future of Philosophy is CYBORG

Phil Torres imagines a biotech way of solving intractable philosophical problems.

On Casuistry

Jason Morgan advocates justice without legislation.

Hedonism in Ancient India & Greece

Nick Gutierrez wonders if pleasure-seeking is underrated as a virtue.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955)

Morgan Sloan studies a Spanish philosopher and public intellectual who wanted to use philosophy to help society.

Does History Progress? If So, To What?

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



Real Unreality • The Meaning In and Of Life • Robotic Reasoning • Distilling Hegelian Spirit • Capital Letters • Godless Morality


Henri Bergson (1859-1941)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Food

by Matt Qvortrup

Do You Need Any Body?

Peter Adamson on Avicenna’s soul survivors.

Arguing with a Solipsist

Raymond Tallis takes it upon himself to prove that you exist.


Truth by Simon Blackburn

Nick Everitt is unconvinced that what Simon Blackburn says about truth is true.

Perfect Me by Heather Widdows

A ‘feminish’ book, reviewed by Stuart Hannabuss, reflects on beauty and otherness.

Xenofeminism by Helen Hester

A ‘feminish’ book, reviewed by Dharmender Dhillon, reflects on beauty and otherness.

On Not Being Someone Else by Andrew H. Miller

Alexandre Leskanich looks wistfully at all the lives he and we haven’t led.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Siobhain Lash argues that you can sometimes be to blame even when you couldn’t have done differently.


Mike Shiell’s Cartoon (1)

by Mike Shiell

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Mike Shiell’s Cartoon (2)

by Mike Shiell


Who am I?

by Jenny Maryl

The Leviathan

by Boghos Artinian

Diminished Responsibility

Mark Pinder sees physics turn into metaphysics when an experiment goes wrong.

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