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Our Feelings are Not Our Own

Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen)

"Spinoza stresses that bad feelings and misunderstandings are worsened because we believe we are free."

Genre

Metaphysics, Ethics

Length

1,500 words

Keywords

rationality, Spinoza, emotion, money, psychology

Pessimism

Mara van der Lugt (University of St. Andrews)

"Pessimism, or the philosophy properly known as pessimism, was never attractive, never popular, and never, ever easy."

Genre

History of Philosophy, Ethics

Length

5,000 words

Keywords

Optimism, Schopenhauer, Voltaire, hope, despair

Idleness and Society

Brian O'Connor (University College Dublin)

"Idleness stands very firmly against many of the ideals by which we measure success in the modern world, not least productivity and social esteem."

Genre

Ethics

Length

2,500 words

Keywords

German Idealism, Idleness, Autonomy

Ethics and the “Faculty of Indifference”

Josh Cohen (Goldsmiths)

“How could the absence of a positive ethical content be the basis for an ethics?”

Genre

Ethics, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies

Length

2,300 words

Keywords

E.M. Cioran, scepticism, work ethic, Bartleby, inactivity

Heidegger and the Politics of Greatness

Adam Knowles (Drexel University)

"The far more urgent question is to ask why the discipline of philosophy is so eager to rehabilitate Heidegger, to make him part of us, all while sequestering them, the philosophers not deemed great."

Genre

History of philosophy

Length

2,000 words

Keywords

Heidegger, fascism, complicity, politics

What Motivates Us to Change What We Eat?

Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)

“Empathy has gotten a bad reputation because people think of it as a type of knee-jerk reaction that is often misguided or biased.”

Genre

Ethics, Animal Studies

Length

2,500 words

Keywords

Veganism, vegetarianism, empathy

Reproduction Rebellion!

Eva von Redecker (Humboldt University)

"Recent critiques of capitalism have become richer and more sensitive, as activists today recognize not all forms of socialism will end the plundering of our planet."

Genre

Ethics

Length

1,500 words

Keywords

Climate change, feminism, activism

Sex and Drugs (and Ethics)

Elizabeth Robson

Review of Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships by Brian D. Earp and Julian Savulescu

Genre

Ethics, Bioethics

Length

2,250 words

Keywords

Medicalization, psychedelics, love, psychiatry

Digital Animals

Bill Adams (University of Cambridge)

“The distinction between animal and machine is breaking down.”

Genre

Animal Studies, Ontology

Length

3,000 words

Keywords

Digitisation, virtual reality, nature, geography, technology

Evolving Our Trust in Science

Ed Gibney

Review of Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes

Genre

Philosophy of science, epistemology

Length

3,000 words

Keywords

Science, pseudo-science, feminism

The Future of Humanism

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

Review of Seeing Ourselves: Reclaiming Humanity from God and Science by Raymond Tallis

Genre

Religion, Metaphysics, Secularism

Length

5,000 words

Keywords

Humanism, subjectivity, pessimism

Be Kinder Than Necessary

Chiara T. Ricciardone (Bard College)

Review of On Mercy (Princeton University Press, 2019) by Malcolm Bull.

Genre

Political Philosophy, Ethics

Length

800 words

Keywords

Power, justice, mercy