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News • • Michel Serres • Transgenic monkeys • Humans “quite nice” say researchers
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Philosophy of Science The First 2½ Millennia • Will Bouwman asks what really matters when studying matter.
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Einstein vs Logical Positivism • Rossen Vassilev Jr. asks if modern physics has become too metaphysical.
Science & Phenomenology • Kalina Moskaluk tells us how an idea outside of her theoretical background destroyed her research project and her faith in ‘simple’ phenomenology.
DNA & The Identity Crisis • Raymond Keogh has a science-based take on personal identity.
Flora or Mona Lisa? • Predrag Slijepcevic asks if organisms are better seen as singular or as composites.
John Dupré • is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter and Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences. He was recently elected President of the Philosophy of Science Association. Edit Talpsepp-Randla talks to him about the philosophy of biology.
Aristotle & The Good Ruler • Maxwell Cameron wants politicians to take a lesson from Aristotle’s book.
The Good, The Bad and Theodicy • John Holroyd on the pitfalls of academic debates about God and evil.
Is Attributing Evil a Cognitive Bias? • Aner Govrin argues that a common perception of evil is mistaken.
What is the Third Way? • How to negotiate a path between capitalist & socialist excesses? Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included.
Maine de Biran (1766-1824) • Benjamin Bâcle finds Maine de Biran’s idea of the self-willing self to be underrated.
Tidying Up With Socrates • Freya Mobus compares Socrates’ method of enquiry with a fashionable way to achieve domestic harmony.
Books • Ian Robinson has a brief look at the Dalai Lama’s brief message to the world, Amber Edwards considers a new understanding of misogyny, and Paul McGavin finds help in understanding ignorance in Understanding Ignorance.
Down Girl by Kate Manne
Understanding Ignorance by Daniel R. DeNicola
NIGHTCRAWLER • Terri Murray watches the disappearance of reality into images, in the name of news.
First Believe, Then Understand • Peter Adamson reviews the relation of reason & revelation.
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In Measure Began Our Might • Raymond Tallis takes the measure of measurement.
Mill Meets Gandhi • Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill worked for the British East India Company for 35 years. Long after Mill’s death, Gandhi led India to independence. Eugene Alper imagines a meeting of these two great political thinkers.
Philosophical Haiku • A pauper’s philosophy – Only things exist. Excise the excess.