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.
Happiness & Meaning
some of our Contributors
Looking for the Purpose of Life • Brian King says that life’s meaning is a question of purpose; but what is the purpose of human existence?
Why You’re (Probably) Wrong About The Meaning of Life • Lewis Vaughn asks what it’s all about.
What Is Happiness? • Gary Cox asks, ‘is happiness a cigar called Hamlet?’, and other searching questions.
The Happy State • Dan Corjescu says soma could be coming.
The Philosopher with a Thousand Faces • Alex Gooch on narrative, meaning, and the failure of philosophy.
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A Scientist Among the Philosophers • Hugh Aldersey-Williams traces the philosophical connections of a polymath.
What Is Guilt? • Farah Abdessamad wonders if it is a function of responsibility.
Hegel Reading Heraclitus • Antonis Chaliakopoulos offers an intro to Heraclitus, and to Hegel, via each other.
Exploring Time • Nurana Rajabova looks for a way of seeing time as if from the outside.
Can Eating Meat Be Justified? • Each answer below wins a book. Apologies to the entrants not included.
Samuel Grove • recently published Retrieving Darwin’s Revolutionary Idea: The Reluctant Radical. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of The Descent of Man (1871), Roberto Navarrete sat down with him to discuss the philosophical dilemmas Darwin faced in applying his theory of natural selection to human beings.
From Dust to Dust • Raymond Tallis on a lifetime of cleaning.
Letters • When inspiration strikes, don’t bottle it up. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Keep them short and keep them coming!
Living the Good Life • Peter Adamson ponders the ancient ethics of happiness.
On Philosophy and Philosophers: Unpublished papers, 1960-2000 • Daniel C. Dennett on the Richard Rorty Factor, Omar Sabbagh on a biography of Jacques Derrida, and Sara Bizarro reviews a classic: Mary Wollstonecraft’s pioneering Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
MINDING THE GAP • Dylan Skurka on a film that suggests it’s possible to choose to overcome your upbringing.
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Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) • Brad Rappaport expresses the essential attributes of the prophet of pantheism.
Santa’s Existential Crisis • Samantha Neave finds that Christmas is a time for woe ho ho!
Philo of Alexandria (c.20BCE–c.50CE) • Wisdom in Logos God’s handmaid, philosophy Sacred, Nature speaks