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

What Motivates Us to Change What We Eat?

Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)

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

Digital Animals

Bill Adams (University of Cambridge)

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

Be Kinder Than Necessary

Chiara T. Ricciardone (Bard College)

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

Bertrand Russell's Idleness

Brian O'Connor (University College Dublin)

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

Feminism, Marriage and Choice

Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge)

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

The Weirdness of Matter

Elizabeth Robson

"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."

Interrogating Lived Experience

Anya Daly (University of Melbourne)

"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."

Reproduction Rebellion!

Eva von Redecker (Humboldt University)

Review of Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes

Evolving Our Trust in Science

Ed Gibney

Review of Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright.

Bad Faith and the Buddha

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

"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."

Being-Towards-Death

Stephen Mulhall (University of Oxford)

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

Trump as Neoliberal Heretic

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

"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."

Questioning the Questions

Lani Watson (University of Edinburgh)

"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."

Philosophy and Hope

Alexander Douglas (University of St. Andrews)

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

Sex and Drugs (and Ethics)

Elizabeth Robson

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

The Future of Humanism

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

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

Reality is the Great Unifier

Joel Yoeli

"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."

Kant's Legacy

Stella Sandford (Kingston University)

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)

The Iron Cage and the Hamster Wheel

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

"Thoughts about the world both demand inclusion in the totality and make inclusion impossible."

The Philosophic Voice

Michael Bavidge (Newcastle University)