Issue 149

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Issue 149: April/May 2022


A Serious Matter

by Rick Lewis


News: April/May 2022

Ukrainian philosopher’s 300th birthday • AI shows increasing ethical problems • Qubit pioneer David Deutsch wins prize — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


The Causes of Peace

Dan Corjescu looks briefly but hopefully at possible causes of peace.

‘The Lottery’ & Locke’s Politics

John P. Irish considers social contract theory through an infamous lottery.

A Map of Political Ideas

Phil Badger draws the boundaries of political thought and explores the territories.

Cultural Colonialism & Aesthetic Injustice

Gustavo Dalaqua on decolonizing minds.

Revolt & Complacency

Stefan Catana on three revolutionary thinkers and their ideas for creating progress in politics.


Robert Nozick’s Metaverse Machine

Lorenzo Buscicchi asks, would you plug into Mark Zuckerberg’s virtual world? He finds that the question has been considered by philosophers for decades.

The Golden State Killer & Deleuze’s ‘Dividual’

Angela Dennis computes the use and abuse of digital data.

The Goodness of Existence

Jarlath Cox says whether life brings pleasure or pain, the value of being born is the ability to experience at all.

What Is Truth?

Richard Oxenberg on the need for an old paradigm, especially in ethics.

Paradox Lost

Paul Tissier argues that Russell’s Paradox isn’t really a paradox.

Diogenes the Cynic (c.404-323 BC)

Martin Jenkins recalls what we know for sure about the philosopher in the barrel.

What is a Person?

Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.


Duane Rousselle

Duane Rousselle is a Canadian professor of sociological theory, author, and a practicing psychoanalyst. He reports to Julie Reshe on recent mutations in postmodern ideology.



Relatively Different • Brief Struggles • Evil Ideas • Virtually Descartes • Irish Murdoch • ‘We’ and ‘They’ Are One • More Meaningful Messages • No Time Except the Present


Karl Popper (1902-1994)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on War & Peace

by Matt Qvortrup

Looking to the Past

Peter Adamson on when philosophers write history.

Perception as a Controlled Hallucination

Raymond Tallis argues against calling everyday experience a ‘hallucination’.


Freedom: An Impossible Reality by Raymond Tallis

This issue we consider ultimate human realities as Raymond Tallis has the intention of proving free will.

Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman gives a hopeful spin on our species.

Beyond Bad by Chris Paley

Chris Paley wants us to leave morality behind completely.

Androids At The Cinema

Alessandro Colarossi looks at how Hollywood draws and blurs the line between human and machine.


Guto Dias’ Cartoon

by Guto Dias

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (1)

by Harley Schwadron

Chris Gill’s Cartoon (1)

by Chris Gill

Chris Gill’s Cartoon (2)

by Chris Gill

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (2)

by Harley Schwadron


The Determined Will

Stephen Brewer’s couple are determined to argue about free will.

The Global Village

by Boghos Artinian


by Emma Freudig

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