Issue 145

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Issue 145: August/September 2021


Existing in the World

by Rick Lewis


News: August/September 2021

Templeton supports Church, shock news • Big Data is Watching Over You • Judith Jarvis Thomson — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


The Adventures of Jean-Paul Sartre

Sam Kelly says Jean-Paul Sartre was the Hunter S. Thompson of existentialism.

Kierkegaard: Young, Free & Anxious

Gary Cox considers the problematic side of freedom, from the edge of a cliff.

We’re All Existentialists Now

Greg Artus contemplates (dis)embodiment, Zoom life and social media, through the ‘Looks’ of Sartre, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty.

The Existential Yomps Of Simone de Beauvoir

Annabel Abbs follows Simone de Beauvoir’s thoughts over the horizon.

Existentialism from an African-American Perspective

Roger Karny takes another look at liberty and alienation.

No Hats on Sunday

Akif Rashid asks Albert Camus why so many people around him are unhappy and confused, and what to do about it.

Zapffe For A New Political Age

Cameron Hendy thinks it’s about time we all stopped.


Jonathan Edwards on Spiders

John Irish reveals the surprisingly Enlightened views of a hellfire preacher.

Taylor Swift’s Liar Paradox

With the help of renowned logician Taylor Swift, Theresa Helke introduces four fundamental paradoxes: the Liar, Epimenides’, the Truth-Teller, and the No-No.

The Stoic’s Lacuna

Alex Richardson explores the ethical cavern at the centre of Stoicism.

Would Kant Have Worn a Face Mask?

Todd Mei says yes, as a duty of practical reason.

Anne Conway (1631-1679)

Jonathan Head looks at the life and thoughts of an early animal equaliser.

What Is The Most Fundamental Value?

Our readers give their thoughts on values, each winning a valuable, if random, book.


Michael Hauskeller

Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Liverpool, talks with Annika Loebig about death and democratising meaning.



Fat is an Ethical Issue • Life, Language & Logic • Animal Rights & Wrongs • Articles of Art • Subject to Ethical Criticism • Thinking about Tallis • More Women Philosophers Now! • No Microbe Rights Now! • Cynical Remarks


Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Listening

by Matt Qvortrup

Existentialism Comes to Iran

Peter Adamson and Hanif Amin Beidokhti on Persian cross-cultural interpretations.

The Riddle of the Sphincter

Raymond Tallis reflects on embodiment.


Just Deserts: Debating Free Will by Daniel C. Dennett & Gregg D. Caruso

Stuart Jeffries considers the moral implications of a (possible) lack of free will.

Good Sport by Thomas H. Murray

Dan Ray asks why drugs cannot be a part of good sport.

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

Amber Edwards surveys the position of women under socialism.

Brimstone and Treacle

Thomas R. Morgan notes a diabolical, and angelic, case of anti-realism.


Paul Wood’s Cartoon (1)

by Paul Wood

Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Paul Wood’s Cartoon (2)

by Paul Wood

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Guto Dias’ Cartoon

by Guto Dias


Freedom & Responsibility

Cora Cruz finds that sometimes you have to take both.

Sartre Poem

by Alasdair Macdonald

The Myth of Sisyphus

by Joe Crocker

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