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Updated 14 December 2018
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195. Below the Asphalt Lies the Beach (2018)
May 1968 marked the political awakening of my generation. I was a junior at the American College for Girls in Istanbul … Seyla Benhabib reflects on the legacy of the Frankfurt School.
bostonreview.net






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194. The Philosopher’s Tone (2018)
It will be difficult to improve the way philosophy journals function without making fundamental changes to the way academic philosophers are trained.
www.the-tls.co.uk






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193. A Post-Truth Philosopher Mounts a Defense of Science (2018)
Bruno Latour spent decades deconstructing the ways that scientists claim their authority. Can his ideas help them regain that authority today?
www.nytimes.com






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192. My Grandfather Thought He Solved a Cosmic Mystery (2018)
When my grandfather died last fall, it fell to my sisters and me to sort through the books and papers in his home … A portrait of nuclear physicist Francis Perey.
www.theatlantic.com






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191. Where Is My Mind? An Interview with Andy Clark (2018)
On the extended mind, artificial intelligence, and panpsychism’s response to the hard problem of consciousness.
iainews.iai.tv






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190. How to Crack Consciousness (2018)
When I read philosophy at Oxford in the early 1980s there wasn’t a lot of talk about consciousness … A review of Tim Parks’ Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness.
www.newstatesman.com






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189. The First Traffic Jam on Broadway was Caused by a Philosophy Lecture (2018)
Just over 100 years ago, New York newspapers announced the impending visit of the French philosopher Henri Bergson, and the city buzzed.
qz.com






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188. The Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AI (2018)
For the past decade or so, Karl Friston has devoted much of his time and effort to developing an idea he calls the free energy principle.
www.wired.com






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187. Did Thomas Kuhn Kill Truth? (2018)
A debate on the nature of truth turns into a squabble over whether the father of the “paradigm shift” threw an ashtray at Errol Morris’s head.
www.thenewatlantis.com






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186. J. L. Austin: A Return to Common Sense (2018)
Guy Longworth assesses Austin's view that philosophers fail to understand everyday speech.
www.the-tls.co.uk






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185. The Best Books on Wittgenstein (2018)
Peter Hacker explains why he believes Wittgenstein’s star will rise again.
fivebooks.com






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184. In a Quizzical Spirit: An Interview with Stephen Yablo (2018)
The Oxford Review of Books talks with one of the world’s leading philosophers.
the-orb.org






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183. Simone Weil’s Deeper Grace (2018)
Who was this French mystic, who nearly starved herself for the Resistance, then looked for God’s love in ‘the void’?
www.theamericanconservative.com






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182. Obituary - Stanley Cavell (1926–2018)
He was a jazz musician before he was a philosopher. An air of improvisation and fun hung over everything he did.
www.nybooks.com






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181. Slavery-entangled Philosophy (2018)
John Locke took part in administering the slave-owning colonies. Does that make him, and liberalism itself, hypocritical?
aeon.co






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180. Wittgenstein’s Confession (2018)
Like Socrates, he knew that being honest with oneself is the most philosophical act of all.
www.nytimes.com






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179. Hume the Humane (2018)
Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
aeon.co






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178. The Mentalist (2018)
Longtime Amherst College philosophy professor Alexander George moonlights as a mind reader.
www.gazettenet.com






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177. Who Invented the Mind–Body Problem? (2018)
Germans were debating the “body–soul problem” by the mid-19th century, but Socrates pondered the problem first.
blogs.scientificamerican.com






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176. Philosophers, Meet the Plagiarism Police (2018)
Some researchers spot an issue with a paper, groan inwardly, and move on. Not Michael Dougherty.
retractionwatch.com






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175. Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius (2018)
A revolutionary American scientist is using subatomic physics to decipher 2,000-year-old texts from the early days of Western civilization.
www.smithsonianmag.com






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174. Lovers of Wisdom (2018)
Lives of the Eminent Philosophers—the sole extant work from antiquity that gives anything like a comprehensive picture of Greek and Hellenistic philosophy—gets a welcome new translation.
www.nybooks.com






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173. Does the Trolley Problem Have a Problem? (2018)
What if your answer to an absurd hypothetical question had no bearing on how you behaved in real life?
slate.com






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172. Thomas Bayes and the Crisis in Science (2018)
For most of the two and a half centuries since the Reverend Thomas Bayes first made his pioneering contributions to probability theory, his ideas were side-lined.
www.the-tls.co.uk






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171. Martha Nussbaum: Philosopher Queen (2018)
Bold and unapologetic, the marathon-running, opera-loving public intellectual has weighed in on everything from aging to the nature of evil.
www.momentmag.com






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170. Has Consciousness Lost Its Mind? (2018)
Some consciousness researchers believe that the whole Tucson-conference shindig has gone off the rails and that it should be shut down.
www.chronicle.com






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169. Out of the Armchair (2018)
A growing number of philosophers are conducting experiments to test their arguments. Is this the future of philosophy?
aeon.co






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168. Communist Robot Dreams (2018)
Tech flourished in communist Bulgaria and so did a body of science fiction asking vital philosophical questions.
aeon.co






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167. Even in Old Age, Philosopher Bryan Magee Remains Wonder-Struck by the Ultimate Questions (2018)
Now living in one room in a nursing hospital, his mind still roams restlessly free.
www.newstatesman.com






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166. Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality? (2018)
Thomas Metzinger had his first out-of-body experience when he was nineteen. At the time, he was a philosophy student at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität.
www.newyorker.com






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165. The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark (2018)
The idea of an extended mind has extended far beyond philosophy, which is why Clark is now—in his early sixties—one of the most-cited philosophers alive.
www.newyorker.com






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164. The Best Books on Hegel (2018)
Is Hegel worth reading? Stephen Houlgate at Warwick University gives us an in-depth look at one of the most divisive figures in western philosophy.
fivebooks.com






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163. The Consciousness Deniers (2018)
“The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the existence of consciousness.” Galen Strawson considers the silliest claim ever made.
www.nybooks.com






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162. Obituary - Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
Modern cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76 at his home in Cambridge, England.
www.theguardian.com






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161. Two’s a Crowd (2018)
Zany and earnest, political yet puckish, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were philosophy’s most improbable duo.
aeon.co






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160. The Practical Philosopher: A Profile of Mary Warnock (2003)
It is her no-nonsense approach to ethical dilemmas in embryology that has left the greatest mark on public policy.
www.theguardian.com






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159. Being and Time: Why Heidegger Matters (2009)
A taste of Heidegger’s magnum opus and hopefully some motivation to study it more deeply. An eight-part blog by Simon Critchley.
www.theguardian.com






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158. What is it Like to be a Philosopher? – David Chalmers (2016)
When I got to Oxford I thought I’d settle down and study math, but that didn’t happen. Instead I kept thinking obsessively about consciousness.
whatisitliketobeaphilosopher.com






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157. Newly Discovered Draft of Descartes’ Meditations Sheds New Light on the Philosopher (2018)
A simple Google search opened a new world for Jeremy Hyman, a philosophy instructor at the University of Arkansas.
researchfrontiers.uark.edu






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156. Ten Unexpected Philosopher Portraits In The Styles Of Famous Artists (2017)
The imaginative paintings of Renee Bolinger, a student of both art and philosophy.
www.huffingtonpost.com






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195. Below the Asphalt Lies the Beach (2018)

May 1968 marked the political awakening of my generation. I was a junior at the American College for Girls in Istanbul … Seyla Benhabib reflects on the legacy of the Frankfurt School.
bostonreview.net