Unlearning Gender

Jemima Repo (Newcastle University)

“The history of gender is a history not only of language, but of power.”

Genre

Length

Ontology, History of Philosophy

1,750 words

Keywords

Simone de Beauvoir, Foucault, genealogy, feminism, sex

The Epistemologist's Moment

Jeremy Fantl (University of Calgary)

Review of Knowing Our Limits by Nathan Ballantyne

Genre

Length

Epistemology

3,000 words

Keywords

Fake news, belief, scepticism

Why Do Social Identities Matter?

Linda Martín Alcoff (Hunter College, City University of New York)

"Social identities matter for epistemic reasons, and these reasons inform and affect our political cultures."

Genre

Length

Metaphysics

3,000 words

Keywords

Sartre, identity, subjectivity, race, racialized housing policies

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

Length

Ethics

2,500 words

Keywords

German Idealism, Idleness, Autonomy

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

Ethics, Animal Studies

2,500 words

Keywords

Veganism, vegetarianism, empathy

Digital Animals

Bill Adams (University of Cambridge)

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

Genre

Length

Animal Studies, Ontology

3,000 words

Keywords

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

Political Philosophy, Ethics

800 words

Keywords

Power, justice, mercy

Can William James Save Your Life? Maybe...

Rebecca Buxton (University of Oxford) & Anthony Morgan (The Philosopher)

Review of Sick Souls, Healthy Minds by John Kaag

Genre

Length

Pragmatism

3,000 words

Keywords

Free will, self-help, psychology

Resisting the Ontological Limbo Dance

Anthony Morgan (The Philosopher)

Review of Evan Thompson's Why I Am Not a Buddhist

Genre

Length

Buddhism, Ontology

7,500 words

Keywords

Scientism, mindfulness, cognitive science

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

Length

Metaphysics, Ethics

1,500 words

Keywords

rationality, Spinoza, emotion, money, psychology

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

Length

Ethics, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies

2,300 words

Keywords

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

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

Ethics

1,500 words

Keywords

Climate change, feminism, activism

Evolving Our Trust in Science

Ed Gibney

Review of Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes

Genre

Length

Philosophy of science, epistemology

3,000 words

Keywords

Science, pseudo-science, feminism

Bad Faith and the Buddha

Anthony Morgan (Bigg Books)

Review of Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright.

Genre

Length

Existentialism, Buddhism, Phenomenology

3,500 words

Keywords

Sartre, perception, essence, freedom

Philosophy After the Crisis

Vafa Ghazavi (University of Oxford)

Review of In the Shadow of Justice by Katrina Forrester

Genre

Length

Political Philosophy

3,000 words

Keywords

Justice, Rawls, liberalism

Faux Scientism and the UK's Tackling of Coronavirus

Alexis Papazoglou

"Many of the crucial decisions that the government has had to make in its management of the coronavirus outbreak are ones that lie well beyond the expertise of epidemiologists and behavioural scientists, decisions that require political judgement and ethical evaluations."

Genre

Length

Ethics

2,000 words

Keywords

Scientism, politics, positivism

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

Length

History of Philosophy, Ethics

5,000 words

Keywords

Optimism, Schopenhauer, Voltaire, hope, despair

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

Length

History of philosophy

2,000 words

Keywords

Heidegger, fascism, complicity, politics

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

Ethics, Bioethics

2,250 words

Keywords

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

Religion, Metaphysics, Secularism

5,000 words

Keywords

Humanism, subjectivity, pessimism

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