Issue 158

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Issue 158: October/November 2023


The Life Philosophical

by Rick Lewis


News: October/November 2023

Cornel West runs for President • Hypatia flees… to Glasgow • NTT launches its own philosophy institute — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Hannah Arendt & the Complexities of Loving

Jack Pemment considers the strange attraction between two deep minds.

Hannah Arendt & the Banality of Evil

Georgia Arkell reconsiders Arendt’s explosive report on the trial of Eichmann.


What is the Philosophical Experience?

Eldar Sarajlic philosophically considers what it is to do philosophy.

Is Progress Possible In Philosophy?

Mathis Bitton suggests three ways that philosophy progresses.

Why Write Philosophy?

George Sher writes some philosophy to tell us.

What Happened to Philosophy?

Alexander Jeuk says overspecialization, academic debate focusing, and simplistic argument structures, are prominent missteps in modern philosophy.

Where Do Philosophers Get Their Ideas?

Martin Cohen says they get them the same sort of places as everyone else.


Seeing Through Transparency

Paul Doolan clearly sees transparency through philosophy.

Does a Just Society Require Just Citizens?

Jimmy Alfonso Licon on moral mediocrity.

Russell’s Moral Quandary

David Berman holds key oppositions in tension, including concerning morality.

Prince Shōtoku (574-622)

B.V.E. Hyde looks at the statesman who fathered Japanese philosophy.



High Impact Thinking • Computations & Cogitations • Postmodernism Lives! • (M)Eat To Live • Right & Wrong Still Debated • A Multiplicity of Meanings • A Quantum of Freedom • Letters from Women Readers


Karl Barth (1886-1968)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Cats

by Matt Qvortrup

An Itsy-Bitsy Universe?

Raymond Tallis breaks down the ultimate breakdown.

The Discipline of Desire

Massimo Pigliucci helps us to know our limits.


In Search of Us: Adventures in Anthropology by Lucy Moore

Roger Caldwell considers the quest of anthropologists.

A History of Lying by Juan Jacinto Muñoz-Rengel

Stuart Hannabuss looks for truths in a book on lies.

The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry Into Human Freedom by John Gray

Thomas R. Morgan finds John Gray a bit downbeat.

The Banshees of Inisherin

Terri Murray thinks the film perfectly captures the zeitgeist [CONTAINS SPOILERS].


Tim Oliphant’s Cartoon

by Tim Oliphant

Ron Coleman’s Cartoon

by Ron Coleman

Mira Scharf’s Cartoon

by Mira Scharf

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Why Do Philosophy?

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


Therefore, Socrates is a Philosopher

Guy Bennett-Hunter wonders if the father of Western philosophy is a philosopher.

The Game of Skeptics

by Philip Burchill

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