Issue 151

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Issue 151: August/September 2022


What Have the Greeks Ever Done for Us?

by Rick Lewis


News: August/September 2022

Face-off at Microsoft • Museum argues over ethics of sponsorship • Philosophers meet by candlelight — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


An Ancient Conversation About Motion

Matei Tanasă imagines the sort of conversation about change, motion, appearance and reality that philosophers were having in ancient Athens.

Plato’s Myths

Neel Burton asks why the master reasoner turned to launching legends.

The Pandemos

Michael Baumann imagines what a modern Socratic dialogue might be like.

Aristotle’s Guide To Living Well

Lawrence Evans contemplates Aristotle’s argument that happiness is the ultimate goal of human life, and that it can best be found in philosophical contemplation.

The Uses and Misuses of Socrates

Dennis Sansom says we shouldn’t be too quick to pluck philosophers out of their own historical contexts in order to put them into ours.

Of Clouds & Shadows

Heiner Thiessen on Eratosthenes, Ancient Greek scientist.


Levinas and Post-Pandemic Masking

Adam Birt tells us why Levinas wants us to throw off our face coverings.

How To Be Really Good

Robert Griffiths considers what it takes to actually be a mensch.

Mill, Free Speech & Social Media

Nevin Chellappah asks whether John Stuart Mill’s famous account of free speech is still sustainable in the age of Twitter.

Digital Freedom

Roberta Fischli & Thomas Beschorner argue that our digital future is not preprogrammed: it’s about time we start thinking about what it should look like.

Was Spinoza Actually An Atheist?

Kenneth Novis says the case hinges on how you define ‘God’.

Daisetsu Suzuki (1870-1966)

Brian Morris contemplates the ‘ultimate reality’ of a Zen Buddhist philosopher.

How Do You Change Someone’s Mind?

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


Timothy Morton

Timothy Morton is a professor at Rice University in Houston. They have written more than fifteen books, such as Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World; Dark Ecology; Being Ecological, and Ecology without Nature. Thiago Pinho interviews them about experience and reality.



Wittgenstein Out-Played • Gender and Pragmatism • He’s Behind You • For Hume The Bell Tolls? • The Possibility of Progress • The Good & The Not • Matter versus Mind • Stranger Ideas • Meta Letters • To P or To Not P?


Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Coffee

by Matt Qvortrup

How Did We Get To Be So Different?

Raymond Tallis grasps the grip our hands have on our humanity.


Metaphysical Animals by Clare Mac Cumhaill & Rachael Wiseman and The Women Are Up to Something by Benjamin Lipscomb

Katie Barron look at two books on four famous female philosophers and friends.

The Life Inside by Andy West

Amna Whiston looks at a book on the liberating experience of teaching philosophy in prison.

Don’t Look Up

Dylan Skurka marvels at the human capacity to ignore existential threats.


Phil Witte’s Cartoon (1)

by Phil Witte

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (1)

by Harley Schwadron

Phil Witte’s Cartoon (2)

by Phil Witte

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (2)

by Harley Schwadron

Wolfgang Niesielski’s Cartoon

by Wolfgang Niesielski

Presocratic Return

A comic by Corey Mohler about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world.


Glaucon Before Lachesis

Mark Piper unveils the long-lost epilogue to Plato’s Republic.

The Song of Ulysses

by Clinton Van Inman

Socrates & Xanthippe

by Wolfgang Niesielski

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