Issue 160: February/March 2024
by Tim Madigan
Sadly, our news round-up this time is dominated by the deaths of four well-known philosophers. This does at least give us a chance to briefly set out the ideas of these intrepid thinkers. Their overlapping interests and concerns reveal much about the course Continental philosophy took in the shadow of the Cold War and afterwards. — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
Tim Madigan travels through time to seek the essential nature of Irish thought.
Catherine Barry charts her journey through historical Irish thought.
Jon Langford outlines conservative insights gained from revolutionary failures.
Peter Stone thinks about a thought experiment about how ethics evolved.
Stiofán Ó Murchadha on knowing how we know.
Seán Moran explores equine escapades in Eire and elsewhere.
Meena Danishmal asks if Seneca’s account of the good life is really practical.
John Kennedy Philip goes deep into the search for (post-) human heights.
Patrick Brissey exposes a major unprovable assumption at the core of science.
George Mason on love as shared identity.
Alessandro Colarossi has insights for the bored and understimulated.
Hilarius Bogbinder looks at a man who wanted to make Peace from Warre.
Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and a popular writer on linguistics and evolutionary psychology. Angela Tan interviews him about politics, language, death, and reasons to be optimistic.
Women Respond • Free For All • Not Silent About Zizek • Lucky Guesses • Certainly Uncertain • Move Along
AmirAli Maleki looks at love from an Islamic perspective.
by Terence Green
by Matt Qvortrup
Raymond Tallis has a long-postponed meeting with M. Descartes.
Massimo Pigliucci tells us to stop impulsively judging.
Leonid Bilmes considers the problems we face if we assume our theories match reality.
Stephen Anderson is sad about modern writings on love.
Shashwat Mishra introduces Ayn Rand’s massive novel promoting self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism.
Thomas R. Morgan hears more than silence.
by Cameron Harvey
by Melissa Felder
by Wolfgang Niesielski
A comic by Corey Mohler about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world.
Sophie Dibben watches Alexander the Great meet Diogenes the Cynic.
by Clint Inman