Issue 144

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Issue 144: June/July 2021


Modern Times

by Rick Lewis


News: June/July 2021

Two Philosophers’ Prizes • Two Philosophers’ Deaths • One Philosopher’s Birthday — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Recognition & Protest

Andrew Hyams recognises what fuels protest movements.

The Ethics of Fat Shaming

Charlotte Curran tells us precisely why fat shaming is unethical.

A Stoic Approach to Racism

Frank Thermitus says prepare for the worst to achieve the best.

Is Election Meddling an Act of War?

Elad Uzan argues that although it may well be, this doesn’t necessarily justify a warlike response.

Nonhuman Persons

Gerard Elfstrom asks what such creatures, if they exist, would be like and how much it matters morally.

Abortion & Artificial Wombs

Ji Young Lee and Andrea Bidoli discuss how artificial womb technology will shape the abortion rights discussion.


Deleuze & Guattari’s Friendly Concepts

Karen Parham explores the collection of curious concepts Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari use in their organic perception of reality.

René Descartes: A Yogi?

Sujantra McKeever finds striking similarities between Cartesian and yogic thought.

Reason & Emotion

James R. Robinson finds ways of bridging the gap (or not).

Phenomenology At The Beach

Chad Engelland philosophically analyses the experience of being at the seaside.

Leibniz on Unicorns

Dean Ericksen finds something strange in his cabinet of philosophical curiosities.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Martin Jenkins gathers his courage, steps through the wardrobe and meets an enchanting professor.


Martin Savransky

Martin Savransky is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He works at the intersections of philosophy, postcolonial studies & political ecology. Thiago Pinho talks with him about Pragmatism and the politics of the pluriverse.



The Re-Presentation of Representation • Dazed & Confused by Art & Morality • Thinking About Words • Toil, Leisure & Idealism • Work of Art & Morality • Mortal Remains


Albert Camus (1913-1960)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Sleeping

by Matt Qvortrup

Evil Overruled

Peter Adamson considers explanations of evil in the context of slavery in nineteenth century America.

Bicycling in Brussels

Seán Moran suspects simple stereotypes.

‘The Laws of Nature’

Raymond Tallis gazes into the gap between nature’s habits and the laws of science.


What is Philosophy For? by Mary Midgley

To philosophy… and beyond! John Shand agrees with Mary Midgley about philosophy’s purpose.

Philosophy in a Technological World: Gods and Titans by James Tartaglia

Kieran Brayford thinks ahead.

The Promise of Artificial Intelligence by Brian Cantwell Smith

Joshua Schrier asks whether artificial real intelligence is possible.


Brian McCusker looks and leaps into Casablanca with Søren Kierkegaard.


Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (1)

by Harley Schwadron

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (2)

by Harley Schwadron

Guto Dias’ Cartoon

by Guto Dias

Wolfgang Niesielski’s Cartoon

by Wolfgang Niesielski

Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder


The War with the Insectoids

Luís Cordeiro-Rodrigues and Ricardo Tavares find good intentions leading in the wrong direction.

John Stuart Mill

by Brandon Robshaw

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