Issue 97

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Issue 97: July/August 2013


Self, Self, Self!

by Rick Lewis


News: July/August 2013

Emotions correlate with brain activity • Athens braces for World Congress of Philosophy • APA to launch its own journal — News reports by Sue Roberts


A Philosophical Identity Crisis

Chris Durante asks himself just what makes him the person he used to be.

The Illusion of the Self

Sam Woolfe says that we’re deluding our selves.

Is The Buddhist ‘No-Self’ Doctrine Compatible With Pursuing Nirvana?

Katie Javanaud asks whether there is a contradiction at the heart of Buddhism.

How Old is the Self?

Frank S. Robinson takes issue with Julian Jaynes’ argument about the self.

Focusing On The Brain, Ignoring the Body

Alessandro Colarossi says that Artificial Intelligence is in danger of a dead end.


Bertrand Russell Stalks The Nazis

Thomas Akehurst on why Russell blamed German fascism on German philosophy.

Moral Relativism Is Unintelligible

Julien Beillard argues that it makes no sense to say that morality is relatively true.

Good News from Neurology – But Don’t Get The Wrong Idea

Francis Fallon thinks about the difficulty of deciphering thought in the brain.

Trying Herder

Dale DeBakcsy listens to the lost voice of the Eighteenth Century’s greatest Twenty-First-Century thinker.

One Law to Rule Them All

Tim Wilkinson tries to chart our quest for consistency without contradicting himself.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Graeme Garrard on one of the few writers whose name has become an adjective.



Philosophical Zombification • A Theory of Animal Justice • Afflicted by Science • Deceived About Deception • Pragmatism In Practice • Heidegger Can’t Hide • Hi Literacy • Low Literacy • Tallis Through The Looking Glass • More Fallacies


This One’s For You

by Joel Marks

“I Gave Them A Sword”

Tim Madigan asks how Machiavellian Richard Nixon really was.

Could The Universe Give A Toss?

Raymond Tallis thinks about probability and the frozen world of quantum mechanics.


Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Eleni Panagiotarakou benefits from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s attack on the follies of over-cautiousness.

The Self and Self-Knowledge

Richard Baron inspects different ideas of the self.

Black Mirror Reflections

Terri Murray illustrates Marcuse’s critique of technologised society using an episode of the British TV series Black Mirror.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

You Are Here

by Chris Madden

Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott


Sartre & The Waiter

Frank O’Carroll observes a liberating encounter in a French café.

That Which I Am

by Ivan Searle

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