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The Future of Humanism

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

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

Length
Keywords

Religion, Metaphysics, Secularism

5,000 words

Humanism, subjectivity, pessimism

Genre

Be Kinder Than Necessary

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

Chiara T. Ricciardone (Bard College)

Length
Keywords

Political Philosophy, Ethics

800 words

Power, justice, mercy

Genre

Bad Faith and the Buddha

Review of Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright.

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

Length
Keywords

Existentialism, Buddhism, Phenomenology

3,500 words

Sartre, perception, essence, freedom

Genre

Reality is the Great Unifier

"Reality is where we stand, shoulder-to-shoulder, mind-to-mind, position-to-position. Our minds separate us. Reality is the great unifier."

Joel Yoeli

Length
Keywords

Metaphysics

3,500 words

Doing Philosophy, Mind, Reality

Genre

Bertrand Russell's Idleness

"He maintains that an egalitarian leisure can be at least as intellectually productive as its earlier socially stratified variety."

Brian O'Connor (University College Dublin)

Length
Keywords

Social Philosophy

2,600 words

German Idealism, idleness, autonomy

Genre

Being-Towards-Death

"Philosophy is constituted out of an oscillation between those two things: an impulse to get towards this God’s eye view and the realisation that it’s not just that you can’t do it, but that there may be no such thing to be done."

Stephen Mulhall (University of Oxford)

Length
Keywords

Ontology, History of Philosophy

6,000 words

Heidegger, Kant, nothingness

Genre

Kant's Legacy

"I think that philosophy has to be able to speak to the social and political present if it is not to wither away as an archaic or pointlessly abstract practice."

Stella Sandford (Kingston University)

Length
Keywords

History of Philosophy, Metaphysics

4,500 words

German Idealism, subjectivity, race

Genre

Feminism, Marriage and Choice

"The fact that our preferences are shaped by our social context calls into question the extent to which choice is absolute."

Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge)

Length
Keywords

Political philosophy, Feminist philosophy

2,750 words

Liberalism, choice, equality

Genre

Trump as Neoliberal Heretic

"At the heart of the neoliberal order is an ethos of endless competition."

Adam Kotsko (Shimer Great Books School at North Central College)

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Keywords

Social philosophy, Political philosophy

2,000 words

Neoliberalism, choice, agency, identity

Genre

The Iron Cage and the Hamster Wheel

Review of Power, Pleasure, Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison by David Wootton (Harvard University Press) and Idleness: A Philosophical Essay by Brian O’Connor (Princeton University Press)

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

Length
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Moral philosophy, Political philosophy

3,000 words

Pleasure, capitalism, Weber, Kant, Machiavelli, the Enlightenment

Genre

The Weirdness of Matter

Review of The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism by Elizabeth Grosz (Columbia University Press).

Elizabeth Robson

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Ontology, ethics

1,350 words

Materialism, dualism, mind, panpsychism, Nietzsche, Spinoza, Deleuze

Genre

Questioning the Questions

"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."

Lani Watson (University of Edinburgh)

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Keywords

Epistemology

1,350 words

Questions, doing philosophy, epistemology

Genre