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.
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some of our Contributors
Philosophers on Hope
Art & Morality A Bittersweet Symphony • Jessica Logue conducts an investigation into their relationship.
Pact or Artifact? • Greg Stone offers a contractual definition of art, among other artful ideas.
SiMON + FiNN
The Not So Benign World of Photography • Atika Qasim questions her own, and others’, motives for taking photos.
A Day by the Stream with Heraclitus
From Conceptual Art to Social Art • Peter Benson watches this ‘art movement’ with raised eyebrows.
The Moore the Merrier • Gary Cox opens up G.E. Moore’s ethics, and his open question argument.
A Philosophical Autobiography • Robin Wynyard reflects on his philosophical journey, and how this has influenced his thoughts about ageing.
Truth & Alienation In a Covid World • Alex Duell explores how the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent shift to life online has contributed to human alienation from nature.
Camus, The Plague and Us • Ray Boisvert on Albert Camus, Thomas Merton and a call to be a healer in a crisis.
FLASH Philosophy • M.G. Piety quickly considers condensed contemplation.
The Last Will and Testament of Donatien-Alphonse-François Sade, Man of Letters • The Marquis De Sade’s actual will, translated into English by R J Dent
Letters • When inspiration strikes, don’t bottle it up. Email me at email@example.com Keep them short and keep them coming!
A Social Theory of Freedom • We dive into the crosscurrents of society and identity, as Matt Teichman is captured by an idea of freedom, Stephen Anderson takes Social Justice Warriors to philosophical task, and Tim Moxham urges us to disobey!
SCI FI & THE MEANING OF LIFE • Shai Tubali sees how non-human minds mirror our condition back to us. [CONTAINS SPOILERS!]
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) • Hilarius Bogbinder thinks about a political theorist who saw action as good thought.
Philosophical Haiku • JOHN RUSKIN (1819–1900)
What is Freedom? • Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.
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Thinking About Thinking • Raymond Tallis reflexes his mind muscle.
Interview • Peter Adamson is Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at the LMU in Munich, and a Philosophy Now columnist too. Amirali Maleki talks with him about Islamic philosophy.
Friedrich Nietzsche’s Coffee Morning • Stephen McKenzie records a (mostly) friendly meeting between Friedrich Nietzsche, Khalil Gibran and Diotima of Mantinea.