Issue 154

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Issue 154: February/March 2023


Society, Reason and Knowledge

by Rick Lewis


News: February/March 2023

Hegel discovery rocks Munich • Tech advances help avoid animal testing • Final frontier for ethics — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


One Logic, Or Many?

Owen Griffiths and A.C. Paseau try to count them.

Humans, the Believing Animals

Aristotle says humans are rational animals but Kevin Currie-Knight argues that our capacity for belief is even more fundamental.

World Wide Web or Library of Babel?

Marco Nuzzaco wants us to see the net as something more than a library.

Postmodern Flames In Brazil

Marcos A. Raposo asks if postmodernism can survive science, and vice versa.

6 Signs You’ve Taken The Blue Pill

Lewis Vaughn tells you how you can know whether you’re a conspiracy theorist.

Bricolage: Natural Epistemology

D.E. Tarkington picks up ways of gaining truth, with inspiration from Deleuze, Guattari, and other continentals.


John Stuart Mill & Harriet Taylor Mill on Equality in Marriage & Family

Lynn Gordon and David Louzecky compare the couple’s conjugal cogitations.

A Solution to the Trolley Problem

Rick Coste says the solution depends upon what we’ll realistically allow.

Virtual Dissolution

Maryna Lazareva says don’t be just a digital fish in the aquarium of social media.

The Theodicies of Allama Iqbal & John Hick

Muhammad Mohsin Masood compares the evolutionary thinking of theologian John Hick and poet-philosopher Muhammad Allama Iqbal.

Evil From The Outside

Martin Jenkins considers alternative explanations of suffering, somewhere between traditional monotheism and new atheism.

Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749)

Andrea Reichenberger presents a fulcrum of the European Enlightenment.


Rebecca Buxton

Rebecca Buxton co-edited, with Lisa Whiting, The Philosopher Queens: The lives and legacies of philosophy’s unsung women (2020). Reece Stafferton sat down with her to discuss the dilemmas women face, and have faced, when encountering philosophy, which throughout history has been dominated by men.



Private Wittgenstein Dismissed • Vive La France • Men are for Dogs, Women for Cats • Sporting Chances? • Finding Further Fault With Foucault • Argument? What Argument? • Abandon Deism, or Abandon God? • God, Being & Time • On Creative Regret


God Bless Karl Marx!

Peter Mullen uncovers the personal secrets of philosophers.

Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Laziness

by Matt Qvortrup

An Encounter with Radical Darwinitis

Dr Raymond Tallis lances a metaphysical boil.

Philosophy For Everyday Life

Massimo Pigliucci considers the usefulness of philosophy.


Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Brian J. Collins critiques Yuval Noah Harari’s ethical and political incoherence.

The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture by Yoram Hazony

Brad Rappaport meditates on a humanist reading of the Hebrew Bible.

The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose Thompson relates a redeeming myth by Friedrich Nietzsche.

Wittgenstein: Stoppard’s Muse

Fergus Edwards finds Wittgenstein everywhere in Tom Stoppard’s plays, from Jumpers to Leopoldstadt.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Wolfgang Niesielski’s Cartoon

by Wolfgang Niesielski

Chris Gill’s Cartoon (1)

by Chris Gill

Chris Gill’s Cartoon (2)

by Chris Gill

Phil Witte’s Cartoon (1)

by Phil Witte

Phil Witte’s Cartoon (2)

by Phil Witte

Brave Sir Bentham, Utilitarian Knight

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


The Free Will Exam

Luke Tarassenko’s hero finds himself at a testing time.

The Rime of the Ancient Geometer

by Steven Clayman

The Last Oracle

by Clinton Van Inman

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