Many of the essays published in the print version of The Philosopher will be available below within 12 months of publication
Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford) and Respondents
Common sense, thought experiments, doing philosophy
"Mathematics is a science, but not a natural science. Similarly, I suggest, philosophy is a science, but not a natural science."
Jason Stanley (Yale University)
Fascism, democracy, socialism, history
Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy
"If I am right, the view that fascism is an historically located concept is not just false, it is dangerously false."
Justin E.H. Smith (University of Paris)
Mind, technology, subjectivity
History of philosophy
"We betray our real nature when we entertain the idea that algorithms are not just external crutches, but reflections of our true selves.”
Catherine Wilson (University of York)
Descartes, Kant, early modern philosophy, moral philosophy
Metaphysics, Moral Philosophy
"To my mind a real contribution to moral philosophy is not a one-liner, supposedly deduced from a set of acceptable premises."
Hugo Drochon (University of Nottingham)
Political philosophy, ethics, identity, fascism
"That critique of decadence, egalitarianism and democracy is what draws Spencer and his Alt-Right ilk to Nietzsche’s work."
Chiara T. Ricciardone (Bard College)
Diversity, hierarchy, ancient philosophy, political philosophy
Political philosophy, social philosophy
"How can democracies celebrate and cultivate diversity without undermining the commitment to equality? Is it even possible to describe differences without (re)inscribing hierarchies?"
Katherine Ritchie (CUNY Graduate Centre)
Identity, social construction, ontology, groups
“In seeking to understand identity, our options are not that identity groups are fictions or that they are biologically defined categories.”
Alexander Douglas (University of St. Andrews)
Rationalism, early modern philosophy, scientism, Spinoza
Metaphysics, History of Philosophy
"I'm not entirely sure why contemporary philosophers are so keen to appear hard-headed. They might be afraid that scientists will make fun of them."
Anya Daly (University of Melbourne)
Merleau-Ponty, perception, lived experience, embodiment
Phenomenology, Buddhist Philosophy
"The world is 'already there' before reﬂection begins and this is the launching place of philosophy; philosophers are driven to understand the hidden structures of experience and the world."
Michael Bavidge (Newcastle University)
Ontology, silence, Heidegger,
"Thoughts about the world both demand inclusion in the totality and make inclusion impossible."
Lani Watson (University of Edinburgh)
Questions, doing philosophy, epistemology
"At least part of the task of philosophy is to uncover the presuppositions in our thinking. One of the simplest ways to access these presuppositions is to look at the questions we ask and encounter and interrogate them."