Many of the essays published in the print version of The Philosopher will be available below within 12 months of publication
Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford) and Respondents
"Mathematics is a science, but not a natural science. Similarly, I suggest, philosophy is a science, but not a natural science."
Common sense, thought experiments, doing philosophy
Jason Stanley (Yale University)
"If I am right, the view that fascism is an historically located concept is not just false, it is dangerously false."
Fascism, democracy, socialism, history
Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy
Justin E.H. Smith (University of Paris)
"We betray our real nature when we entertain the idea that algorithms are not just external crutches, but reflections of our true selves.”
Mind, technology, subjectivity
History of philosophy
Catherine Wilson (University of York)
"To my mind a real contribution to moral philosophy is not a one-liner, supposedly deduced from a set of acceptable premises."
Descartes, Kant, early modern philosophy, moral philosophy
Metaphysics, Moral Philosophy
Hugo Drochon (University of Nottingham)
"That critique of decadence, egalitarianism and democracy is what draws Spencer and his Alt-Right ilk to Nietzsche’s work."
Political philosophy, ethics, identity, fascism
Chiara T. Ricciardone (Bard College)
"How can democracies celebrate and cultivate diversity without undermining the commitment to equality? Is it even possible to describe differences without (re)inscribing hierarchies?"
Diversity, hierarchy, ancient philosophy, political philosophy
Political philosophy, social philosophy
Katherine Ritchie (CUNY Graduate Centre)
“In seeking to understand identity, our options are not that identity groups are fictions or that they are biologically defined categories.”
Identity, social construction, ontology, groups
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."
Rationalism, early modern philosophy, scientism, Spinoza
Metaphysics, History of Philosophy
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."
Merleau-Ponty, perception, lived experience, embodiment
Phenomenology, Buddhist Philosophy
Michael Bavidge (Newcastle University)
"Thoughts about the world both demand inclusion in the totality and make inclusion impossible."
Ontology, silence, Heidegger,
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."
Questions, doing philosophy, epistemology