Many of the essays published in the print version of The Philosopher will be available below within 12 months of publication

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Doing Philosophy

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

7,500 words

Metaphysics, Epistemology

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The Philosophy of Fascism

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

2,700 words

Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy

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You Are Not An Algorithm

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

2,000 words

History of philosophy

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Philosophy as a Vocation

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

1,000 words

Metaphysics, Moral Philosophy

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Nietzsche and the Alt-Right

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

2,000 words

History of philosophy

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Different but Equal

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

1,750 words

Political philosophy, social philosophy

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Finding Social Groups in Networks of Relations

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

2,650 words

Social metaphysics

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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."

Rationalism, early modern philosophy, scientism, Spinoza 

1,500 words

Metaphysics, History of Philosophy

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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."

Merleau-Ponty, perception, lived experience, embodiment

1,600 words

Phenomenology, Buddhist Philosophy

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The Philosophic Voice

Michael Bavidge (Newcastle University)

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

Ontology, silence, Heidegger, 

2,750 words

Ontology

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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."

Questions, doing philosophy, epistemology

1,350 words

Epistemology

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