Issue 141: December 2020 / January 2021
by Rick Lewis
Study finds moral choices gendered • Ethics of wiring your brain to a computer • Philosopher rides along Montaigne track — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
TIME, IDENTITY & FREE WILL
Dustin Gray finds out that continuing to exist isn’t as simple as you might think.
Lawrence Crocker says it’s about time, and personal identity, and free will.
Kevin Loughran wonders what scientific experiments really tell us about free will.
Nurana Rajabova is determined to sort it out.
Siobhan Lyons discovers that free will doesn’t come for free.
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.
Douglas Groothuis argues that it is possible for someone to be gay, happy, and committed to traditional sexual ethics.
Phil Torres imagines a biotech way of solving intractable philosophical problems.
Jason Morgan advocates justice without legislation.
Nick Gutierrez wonders if pleasure-seeking is underrated as a virtue.
Morgan Sloan studies a Spanish philosopher and public intellectual who wanted to use philosophy to help society.
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
by Terence Green
by Matt Qvortrup
Peter Adamson on Avicenna’s soul survivors.
Raymond Tallis takes it upon himself to prove that you exist.
Nick Everitt is unconvinced that what Simon Blackburn says about truth is true.
A ‘feminish’ book, reviewed by Stuart Hannabuss, reflects on beauty and otherness.
A ‘feminish’ book, reviewed by Dharmender Dhillon, reflects on beauty and otherness.
Alexandre Leskanich looks wistfully at all the lives he and we haven’t led.
Siobhain Lash argues that you can sometimes be to blame even when you couldn’t have done differently.
by Mike Shiell
by Melissa Felder
by Chris Gill
by Mike Shiell
by Jenny Maryl
by Boghos Artinian
Mark Pinder sees physics turn into metaphysics when an experiment goes wrong.