Issue 159: December 2023 / January 2024
by Rick Lewis
A new (and problematic) use for chatbots • Monkey business with stem cells • Consciousness: Koch loses bet to Chalmers — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
Myint Zan compares different ways of denying free will.
Grant Bartley wants to know what the problem with freedom is all about.
Nurana Rajabova is wary of an attempt to dismiss determinism to keep free will.
Philip Badger constructs a materialist ethical theory, with the help of John Rawls.
Basil Gala on what it takes to free ourselves from our formative factors.
Slavoj Žižek on Wittgenstein and Cancel Culture.
Edward Hall is sceptical about this infamous ethical example’s usefulness.
Maria daVenza Tillmanns considers the need for freedom of speech for children.
Warren Ward looks at the history of a man who looked at the history of the world.
Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.
Terry Pinkard, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington DC, talks to AmirAli Maleki about how Hegel can help us make sense of modern social, cultural and political hot topics.
A Pool of Philosophical Reflections • Arendt versus Anti-Semitism • Entertainment, Ancient & Modern • Additional Maths Problems • Back To Reality • Both Philosophical & Vegetable
by Terence Green
by Matt Qvortrup
Raymond Tallis says the mysteries haven’t been solved.
Massimo Pigliucci tells us how to practice forebearance.
Elaine Coburn navigates differences.
Ian James Kidd responds to rejections of humanity.
Chad Trainer hunts for a lost thinker.
Anika Vijapur revisits Michael Oakshott’s critique of rationalism in politics.
Jason Friend hacks your identity algorithm.
by Phil Witte
by Phil Witte
by Guto Dias
by Van Scott
by Melissa Felder
Samantha Neave tells a good old-fashioned tale of Christmas scheming.
by Robert Edmondson
by Sarah Rochelle