Issue 148: February/March 2022


Birds Do It

by Rick Lewis


News: February/March 2022

Leading African Philosopher Dies, Aged 90 • Socrates Jazz Opera Opens Off Broadway • Hegel Museum Installs Escape Room — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Iris Murdoch & The Mystery of Love

Stephen Leach looks with Murdoch at the three graces of love, art, and morality.

The Philosophy of Romantic Love

Peter Keeble says philosophy, like love, is a many-splendoured thing.

Spinoza & the Troubles of the Heart

Dan Taylor shows that even great philosophers can have their hearts broken.

The Unlovable Parts of a Loving Society

Matei Tanasă asks if we should love the unlovable.

Living & Coexisting by Courage, Generosity & Wisdom

Finn Janning says empathy and compassion are necessary for our thriving and even our survival.


Demons of the Self

Tristen Taylor finds problems in meaningfully defining ‘evil’.

Pascal’s Climate Wager

Keith Tidman considers the smart bet for our future.

Men of Steel: Superman vs Übermensch

Roy Schwartz examines whether the world’s first superhero really was inspired by Nietzsche’s ‘superior man’, and what the Nazis have to do with it.

Should Kant Be Canceled?

Mark Couch wonders where we should draw the line with historical thinkers.

Harmony & Cancellation Culture

Erica Stonestreet asks, are we too quick these days to break off relationships?

C.L.R. James (1901-1989)

David Austin on the life in writing of a philosopher of the dispossessed, and cricket.


David Chalmers

David Chalmers leaves behind the hard problem of consciousness for an adventure tour of computer-simulated worlds and virtual reality. Paul Doolan interviews him about his new book, Reality+: virtual worlds and the problems of philosophy.



Spinoza a Sephardi, not a Symbol • Adding It All Together, Or Not • Buddhist Reactions • Animals in Original Positions


Pierre Abélard (1079-1142)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Play

by Matt Qvortrup

All Your Love is Need

Peter Adamson ponders erotic philosophy in the Renaissance.

Smooching by the Seine

Seán Moran reports from the city of love.

The Philosopher in the Café

Raymond Tallis finds Sartre in bad faith about ‘Bad Faith’.


Modern Europe and the Enlightenment by Rumy Hasan

Terri Murray asks if liberalism is under attack in Europe.

Kierkegaard and the Question Concerning Technology by Christopher Barnett

Michael Strawser questions Kierkegaard about technology.

Pandora’s Book by David Birch

Steven Campbell-Harris is provoked by ideas.

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

In our ‘classics’ department, James Reynolds says we mustn’t forget Hannah Arendt’s warning.


Ștefan Bolea considers the motives of the kind of villain who wants to destroy the world (CONTAINS SPOILERS).


Phil Witte’s Cartoon (1)

by Phil Witte

Phil Witte’s Cartoon (2)

by Phil Witte

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Guto Dias’ Cartoon

by Guto Dias

Wolfgang Niesielski’s Cartoon

by Wolfgang Niesielski


Socrates’ Home Life

Lydia Masseron finds out exactly what’s on Xanthippe’s mind.

Cogito ergo sum

by Richard Golah-Ebue

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