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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

Length

Keywords

Ethics, Animal Studies

2,500 words

Veganism, vegetarianism, empathy

Digital Animals

Bill Adams (University of Cambridge)

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Animal Studies, Ontology

3,000 words

Digitisation, virtual reality, nature, geography, technology

Be Kinder Than Necessary

Chiara T. Ricciardone (Bard College)

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Political Philosophy, Ethics

800 words

Power, justice, mercy

Bertrand Russell's Idleness

Brian O'Connor (University College Dublin)

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Social Philosophy

2,600 words

German Idealism, idleness, autonomy

Feminism, Marriage and Choice

Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge)

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Political philosophy, Feminist philosophy

2,750 words

Liberalism, choice, equality

The Weirdness of Matter

Elizabeth Robson

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Ontology, ethics

1,350 words

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

Interrogating Lived Experience

Anya Daly (University of Melbourne)

"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."

Genre

Length

Keywords

Phenomenology, Buddhist philosophy

1,600 words

Merleau-Ponty, perception, lived experience, embodiment

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

Length

Keywords

Ethics

1,500 words

Climate change, feminism, activism

Evolving Our Trust in Science

Ed Gibney

Review of Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes

Genre

Length

Keywords

Philosophy of science, epistemology

3,000 words

Science, pseudo-science, feminism

Bad Faith and the Buddha

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

Review of Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright.

Genre

Length

Keywords

Existentialism, Buddhism, Phenomenology

3,500 words

Sartre, perception, essence, freedom

Being-Towards-Death

Stephen Mulhall (University of Oxford)

"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."

Genre

Length

Keywords

Ontology, History of Philosophy

6,000 words

Heidegger, Kant, nothingness

Trump as Neoliberal Heretic

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

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Social philosophy, Political philosophy

2,000 words

Neoliberalism, choice, agency, identity

Questioning the Questions

Lani Watson (University of Edinburgh)

"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."

Genre

Length

Keywords

Epistemology

1,350 words

Questions, doing philosophy, epistemology

Philosophy and Hope

Alexander Douglas (University of St. Andrews)

"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."

Genre

Length

Keywords

Metaphysics, History of philosophy

1,500 words

Rationalism, early modern philosophy, scientism, Spinoza

Sex and Drugs (and Ethics)

Elizabeth Robson

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Ethics, Bioethics

2,250 words

Medicalization, psychedelics, love, psychiatry

The Future of Humanism

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Religion, Metaphysics, Secularism

5,000 words

Humanism, subjectivity, pessimism

Reality is the Great Unifier

Joel Yoeli

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Metaphysics

3,500 words

Doing Philosophy, Mind, Reality

Kant's Legacy

Stella Sandford (Kingston University)

"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."

Genre

Length

Keywords

History of Philosophy, Metaphysics

4,500 words

German Idealism, subjectivity, race

The Iron Cage and the Hamster Wheel

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

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)

Genre

Length

Keywords

Moral philosophy, Political philosophy

3,000 words

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

The Philosophic Voice

Michael Bavidge (Newcastle University)

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

Genre

Length

Keywords

Ontology

2,750 words

Ontology, silence, Heidegger