Philosophy Now is a magazine for everyone interested in ideas. It isn't afraid to tackle all the major questions of life, the universe and everything. It tries to corrupt innocent citizens by convincing them that philosophy can be exciting, worthwhile and comprehensible, and also to provide some light and enjoyable reading matter for those already ensnared by the muse, such as philosophy students and academics. It contains articles on all aspects of philosophy, plus book reviews, film reviews, news, cartoons, and the occasional short story.
Brilliance and Gloom
Poodle as Representation Rottweiler as Will • Christopher Ryan takes a dogged look at Schopenhauer’s view of the world.
Schopenhauer the Optimist • Duncan Richter explains why Schopenhauer thinks art, especially music, can provide a kind of salvation.
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The Ethics of a Pessimist • Dennis Vanden Auweele looks at Schopenhauer’s response to suffering.
Philosophical Outlook & Mental Well-Being • Sam Woolfe asks if pessimism is a proper response to life or a symptom of depression.
About Free Time • Hugh Hunter wonders if we’re always free in our use of our free time.
The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci • Waqās Ahmed connects Leonardo’s worldview with systems theory.
Conceptual Origami • Andrew Notier unfolds the social construction of mathematics for us.
Elastic Selves in the Age of Enhancement • Susana Badiola wonders how technology will help us understand our selves.
Challenge, Enhancement & Martial Arts • Daniel Faggella uses technology to reevaluate what it is to be challenged.
Peter Abelard (1079-1142) • Martin Jenkins looks at the life, love and logic of a medieval free thinker.
Interview • Costica Bradatan is a Professor of Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, and an Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland. Francesco D’Isa talks with him about the philosophies of life and death.
Letters • When inspiration strikes, don’t bottle it up. Email me at email@example.com Keep them short and keep them coming!
Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, & the Return of the Far Right by Ronald Beiner • Joe Smith affirms a criticism of a popular view that sees Nietzsche as a right-on revolutionary, and Don Berry finds modern-day applications for life advice from antiquity.
How To Be A Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci
The Man Who Shot LIBERTY VALANCE • Thomas E. Wartenberg sees current concerns about truth in the news spotlighted by a classic Western.
Goading Gladiators • Seán Moran analyses amphitheatrical antics.
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Michel Serres (1930-2019) • Raymond Boisvert meditates on the mind of a metaphysician of meaning.
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