Issue 147: December 2021 / January 2022
by Rick Lewis
The fault is not in our stars but in our genes • Trans rights and academic freedom • Moral dilemma? Ask a chatbot — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
HAPPINESS & MEANING
Brian King says that life’s meaning is a question of purpose; but what is the purpose of human existence?
Lewis Vaughn asks what it’s all about.
Gary Cox asks, ‘is happiness a cigar called Hamlet?’, and other searching questions.
Dan Corjescu says soma could be coming.
Alex Gooch on narrative, meaning, and the failure of philosophy.
Hugh Aldersey-Williams traces the philosophical connections of a polymath.
Farah Abdessamad wonders if it is a function of responsibility.
Antonis Chaliakopoulos offers an intro to Heraclitus, and to Hegel, via each other.
Nurana Rajabova looks for a way of seeing time as if from the outside.
Brad Rappaport expresses the essential attributes of the prophet of pantheism.
Each answer below wins a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.
Samuel Grove recently published Retrieving Darwin’s Revolutionary Idea: The Reluctant Radical. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of The Descent of Man (1871), Roberto Navarrete sat down with him to discuss the philosophical dilemmas Darwin faced in applying his theory of natural selection to human beings.
Representations of Reality • “But Officer, it’s clearly a plant!” • Against ‘Against Veganism’ • Existential Ethical Enquiries • Swift Responses • More Misquoting & Misdirection
by Terence Green
by Matt Qvortrup
Peter Adamson ponders the ancient ethics of happiness.
Raymond Tallis on a lifetime of cleaning.
Daniel C. Dennett on the Richard Rorty Factor.
Omar Sabbagh on a biography of Jacques Derrida.
Sara Bizarro reviews a classic: Mary Wollstonecraft’s pioneering Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Dylan Skurka on a film that suggests it’s possible to choose to overcome your upbringing.
by Mike Shiell
by Guto Dias
by Loren Fishman
by Melissa Felder
by Mike Shiell
Samantha Neave finds that Christmas is a time for woe ho ho!
by Peter Read