Issue 153

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Issue 153: December 2022 / January 2023


Creative Being

by Grant Bartley


News: December 2022 / January 2023

Effective Altruism billionaire goes bust • Animal welfare meets big game theory • Philosophers of physics reach critical mass? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Plaiting Gravy

Les Jones on allegories, specific domains and Wittgenstein’s social ideas.

The Philosophy of Creativity

Rick Lewis asks Elliot Paul and Christine Battersby what’s new in this fascinating field.

Creating Cities

Harry Drummond builds a case.

In Praise of Aphorisms

Grahame Lockey writes pithy observations to make you think about pithy observations to make you think.

What Am I Doing?

James Gallant, writer, reflects on the psychology of creativity.


Ethics in Politics

Massimo Pigliucci trawls the history of politics to see how closely ethics fits it.

French Philosophy Now

Manon Royet tells us what’s happening in French philosophy, and why you don’t know about it.

On Regret

David Charles argues that we should not regret our decisions, but should take responsibility for our decision-making processes.

Poetry & Philosophy for the 21st Century

Benjamin Lloyd gets Dewey-eyed over resonant rhymes.

Moral Education in Confucianism

Plakshi Jain compares ‘reflection’ and ‘learning’ as means of becoming good.

Mohist Anti-Militarism & Just War Theory

Shaun O’Dwyer takes an unfortunately still relevant look at how to avoid war.

Cicero (106-43 BC)

Hilarius Bogbinder considers the inconstant career of the most famous politician-philosopher named after a legume.

What Grounds or Justifies Morality?

Our readers give their reasons, each winning the right to a random book.


Saul Kripke (13th November 1940 - 15th September 2022)

Stefan Rinner tells us about Kripke’s theories and why they matter.


Peter Adamson

Peter Adamson is Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Duanne Ribeiro chats with him about the history of ideas, and the meaning and methods of philosophy.



Cat’s-Eye World View • (Not) Theo Logically Yours • Foucault’s Evil Relativism • More Metaphysics & Mysticism • Seeking Principles In Ancient Greece • Highly Cultivated • Beware the Wrath • Resounding Echoes


Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Kissing

by Matt Qvortrup

An Invitation to Navel Gazing

Raymond Tallis requests the pleasure of your company for this most philosophical of gatherings.


Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering by Scott Samuelson

Doug Phillips arms us against the slings and arrows, as he tries to find a point to pointless suffering.

The Monarchy of Fear by Martha Nussbaum

Chad Trainer explores the politics of fear with Martha Nussbaum.

Babylon 5

Stuart Hannabuss has five questions for Mr Morden.


Phil Witte’s Cartoon

by Phil Witte

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon

by Harley Schwadron

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Van Scott’s Cartoon

by Van Scott

Guto Dias’ Cartoon

by Guto Dias


The Great Crumpled Paper Hoax

A fantasy by Martin Gardner.

Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna

by Herb Tate

At My Leisure

by Steven Kent

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