Issue 162

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Issue 162: June/July 2024


The Search for Meaning

by Rick Lewis


News: June/July 2024

Last days of Plato revealed in new scroll • Philosophy dept chair arrested at protest • No future for Future of Humanity Institute — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Philosophers Exploring The Good Life

Jim Mepham quests with philosophers to discover what makes a life good.

The Present Is Not All There Is To Happiness

Rob Gilbert says don’t just live in the now.

What Is Life Worth?

Michael Allen Fox wonders whether life really is ‘a precious gift’.

Frankl & Sartre in Search of Meaning

Georgia Arkell compares logotherapy and atheistic existentialism.

Finding Meaning in Suffering

Patrick Testa on the extraordinary hope offered by Viktor Frankl.


Ruben David Azevedo tells us why, in a limitless universe, we’re not insignificant.


From Postmodernism to Metamodernism

Christina Aziz asks whether metanarratives still matter, and if so, how.

Abelard & Carneades: Yes & No

Frank Breslin says ‘yes and no’ to presenting both sides of an argument.

Reality, Humanity & AI

Nafees Malik surveys our quest for truth, and asks if AI can help us discover more.

Is Driving Fossil-Fuelled Cars Immoral?

Rufus Duits asks when we can justify driving our carbon contributors.

Heraclitus (c. 500 BC)

Harry Keith lets flow a stream of ideas about permanence and change.


Daniel C. Dennett (1942-2024)

Dan Hutto bids farewell to a friendly giant of philosophy.


Luce Irigaray

Luce Irigaray interviewed by Octave Larmagnac-Matheron and translated by Mélanie Salvi.



Literature is Vital • Passion For Peace! • The Thinker & The Thoughts • Formulating Science • Culture & Its Changes • Which Love, Anyway?


Noam Chomsky (1928-)

by Terence Green

Philosophers on Cheese

by Matt Qvortrup

Does the Cosmos Have a Purpose?

Raymond Tallis argues intently against universal intention.

Three Types of Philosophy Text

Massimo Pigliucci organizes his library.


The Crisis of Culture by Olivier Roy

Théo Blanc draws on recent French philosophy to explore an idea of culture in crisis.

Sophie’s World: A Graphic Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder, Vincent Zabus & Nicoby

Scott Parker reads a graphic novel version of Sophie’s World.

The Exorcist: Believer

Susan Hopkins is horrified, but in a thoughtful way.


Wolfgang Niesielski’s Cartoon

by Wolfgang Niesielski

Jonny Hawkins’ Cartoon

by Jonny Hawkins

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (1)

by Harley Schwadron

Harley Schwadron’s Cartoon (2)

by Harley Schwadron

Sartrean Freedom

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


A Philosopher’s Life

by Dylan Skurka

The Two Dennises

Hannah Mortimer observes a close encounter of the same kind.

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