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Karl Marx: Man & Mind • Matt Qvortrup argues that Marx still inspires those longing for a better world.
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A New Twist on Old Ideas • Lucian Lupescu sees how far Kant’s and Marx’s ideals overlap.
Marx & Nietzsche • Jack Fox-Williams explores power, class and religion.
Popper on Marx on History • Chris Christensen considers a clash of two colossal Karls.
Marx’s Leviathan • Patrick Cannon on anarchy and state.
How Can Anybody Change Culture? • Kevin Brinkmann tells us, with the help of Althusser, Gramsci and Mannheim.
Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996) • Will Bouwman considers the development of a paradigmatic revolutionary.
Is Philosophy Still The Friend Of Wisdom? • Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included. Thanks to Finn Janning for suggesting this month’s question.
Socratic Wisdom & The Knowledge of Children • Maria daVenza Tillmanns uncovers the natural philosopher in us all.
Against Stupidity in the Media • Angela Phillips is the winner of Philosophy Now’s 2019 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She gave this acceptance talk at Conway Hall in January.
What is Panspiritism? • Steve Taylor introduces an alternative way of conceiving consciousness.
What is it Like to be a Dragonfly? • Benedict O’Connell explores puzzles of perception with Locke, Kant and Nagel.
Locke’s Question to Berkeley • Alessandro Colarossi imagines a perceptive conversation about reality.
Letters • When inspiration strikes, don’t bottle it up. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Keep them short and keep them coming!
The Other Side of the Coins • Peter Adamson on the philosophical edge of numismatics.
Books • We seek purpose and enlightenment as Stephen Anderson attempts to understand Raymond Tallis’s attempt to understand our understanding of the world, and Lachlan Dale considers a naturalistic view of Buddhism.
Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright
ARRIVAL • Christopher Carroll asks if communicating with aliens really would be possible.
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On Failing to be a Philosopher • Raymond Tallis thinks through what not thinking things through involves.
An Unwanted Visitation • Craig Potter on a conversation out of time.