Issue 156

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Issue 156: June/July 2023


Let’s Get Meta!

by Rick Lewis


News: June/July 2023

Big Brother learns to read your mind • Philosophy teachers resolve to associate • Scottish ethicists back euthanasia bill — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


The Cognitive Gap

Justin Bartlett explores a basic distinction between understandings of ethics.

Who’s To Say?

Michael-John Turp asks if anyone has the authority to establish moral truth.

Right & Wrong About Right & Wrong

Paul Stearns argues against moral relativism and moral presentism.

Ethical Truth in Light of Quantum Mechanics

Iain King and Myles King contend that physics helps us understand ethics.

Can You Be Both A Moral Rationalist & A Moral Sentimentalist?

Andrew Kemle says that evolutionary forces give us the answer.


Should We Take Vagueness Seriously?

Apostolos Syropoulos argues that vagueness is a virtue, sometimes.

Uncertainty Made Measurable

Rob Selzer sizes up a human confidence interval.


Back to the Sophists

Nana Ariel corrects the record and the modern application of Sophistry.

Will the Real John Locke Please Step Forward?

Hilarius Bogbinder shows how Locke’s intellectual identity changed over time.

On Being One With Nature

Niki Young tells us how we (humans) can look at our relationship with Nature in a way that neither alienates us from it nor indistinguishably absorbs us into it.

Nima Adlerblum (1881-1974)

Brad Rappaport looks at the life of a Jewish philosopher combatting the secular forces of modernism.


Jeffrey Raff

Jungian psychoanalyst and author, shares some insights and analysis with Arianna Marchetti.



Computations & Cogitations • Descartes at the Movies • On the Existence of Pot Roast • Beertification • Problems with Evil • Spread a Little Happiness • Do Stop Believing • Throw Me a Line • The Last Post • Time Left Unresolved


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Baths

by Matt Qvortrup

Remembering Memory

Raymond Tallis examines a miracle of mentality.

The Six Core Virtues

Massimo Pigliucci finds six ethical ideals shared by all cultures.


Debating the A Priori by Paul Boghossian & Timothy Williamson

Teresa Britton debates with debates about reasoning.

Free Will: An Opinionated Guide by Alfred R. Mele

Nikoo Aalabaf freely studies various ideas of free will.

When Animals Dream by David M. Pena-Guzman

Nick Everitt is skeptical about animals dreaming.

The Horror Anomaly

Daniel Toré contemplates the ethics of finding pleasure in displeasure.


Chris Gill’s Cartoon

by Chris Gill

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Van Scott’s Cartoon

by Van Scott

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon

by Harley Schwadron

Phil Witte’s Cartoon

by Phil Witte

Utilitarian Strategies

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


Bygone Days Yet To Come

Tim Wilkinson reports from the philosophical past, present, and future.

The Opposite of Virtue

by Yahia Lababidi

Consequentialism at the Pearly Gates

by Daniel Galef

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